Housing 2022: Minister ‘commits’ to 300,000 home target

Housing minister Stuart Andrew has told delegates at the CIH’s Housing 2022 that he hopes to see more affordable housing being built in future.
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Housing minister Stuart Andrew has told delegates at the CIH’s Housing 2022 that he hopes to see more affordable housing being built in future, but that he also intended to ensure that local councils commit to the process in greater numbers.

Andrew said: “I want to work with councils across the country to see more council [housing] being built.
“Some councils are leading the way and we need to work with them, work with [government] to see how we can share those expertise so those councils struggling to get off ground, as it were, can learn from neighbours who are making progress.

“I have heard loud and clear from across the country that people do want to learn from those doing it well and those that are doing well are keen to share, so we need to seize that opportunity.”

Referring to the government’s stated target of creating 300,000 new homes annually, Andrew stated that he was personally committed to the target, though he left himself some wiggle room by adding that we should look at quality, and location, over quantity: ““It isn’t just about targets [but] about the quality of the housing that we are building,” he said. “I too often complaints from people who’ve moved into new homes, that the standard wasn’t good enough.”

He added: “We are definitely aiming to get to the 300,000 [figure] but it’s much broader, its about the quality and where those houses are being built is just as important than the numbers, but the target remains,”

Andrew also addressed the rising cost of living, saying: “It’s a real balancing act, because we we’ve got to help [with] cost of living and difficulties that we’ve got, but equally providers need to maintain those homes, and we want to build more affordable homes. It is a challenge, and we’re working at pace within the department to respond to that, and I hope we’ll be able to say much more very soon.”

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