The Housing Minister has said all areas of the country have to play a part in the Government’s ambition to build 300,000 new homes in the next few years.
Robert Jenrick, who is the minister for housing, communities and local government, said the Government was putting huge amounts of energy and resources into helping deliver the target.
It comes after it was revealed that Broxtowe and Gedling borough councils were missing ambitious house-building targets set by the Government, and may have stringent sanctions imposed on them if the rates don’t improve.
However both councils have given permission for more than enough houses to meet its target.
Both have now drawn up action plans for how to improve the rates of new homes being built.
Asked about the situation, Mr Jenrick – who is also the Conservative MP for Newark, said: “I’m aware of the difficulties both councils are facing, we are working closely with them to build additional homes, in the right places that can command the support of local residents.”
Mr Jenrick went on to talkabout the East Midlands Development Corporation, a high-level group of businesses, local authorities and financiers which is aiming to regenerate the around in Broxtowe around where the Toton HS2 station will be.
“My department is at the heart of the development corporation proposal for Toton.
“We’ve provided £2 million seed capital to bring the partners together for what I think is a very exciting economic development and housing proposition there.
“Both as someone who was at the heart of that idea when it was first conceived, and now as secretary of state, I’m absolutely committed to seeing that through.
“That will both bring thousands of high-quality jobs to Broxtowe and to the south of the city but also thousands of new homes as well.
“So in the long term making a success of Toton will help us meet our housing target in Broxtowe.
“But I do think every part of the country needs to play its part in terms of the homes built. We know the housing market is very difficult for young people and families and my mission as Secretary of State is to share the dream of home ownership with a next generation and to build very significantly more homes.
“I do believe public attitudes are changing, people understand that new homes need to be built, they see their grandchildren and children struggling to get on the housing ladder, and I want to ensure we build those homes and help people get on the housing ladder.”
Mr Jenrick was speaking during a visit to 21 newly-built homes on Perry Road, in Sherwood, Nottingham.
Rather than conventional building, developers Waters Homes used a pioneering technique known as structurally insulated panels to construct the main ‘bones’ of the house.
This involved dropping 14 large panels into place, and meant the houses could be built about twice as quickly as with traditional homes.
The front of the houses are then finished with brick for aesthetic reasons.
They are built on a former warehouse which had been derelict for several years.
The development was helped by Homes England, a government agency designed to speed up housebuilding.
They bought the original plot, then sold it to Waters Home with a £1 million loan to help get the project under way.
The scheme was so successful – with all the homes now being sold – that the loan was paid back in full eight months ahead of schedule.
Source: West Bridgford Wire