Good news for house hunters today (November 17th) – the government has just revealed that the number of new homes built in England has climbed by 15 per cent in the last 12 months, with 1.1 million extra properties built since 2010.
Sajid Javid, communities secretary, welcomed the news, saying that steps have certainly been taken in the right direction but he’s keen to see “a giant leap” now being made, with hundreds of thousands more properties coming onto the market.
The figures show that over 70 local authorities do not as yet have a local plan in place that sets out how and where they expect to meet people’s needs for new homes. What’s more, 15 of these are proving particularly concerning, with missed deadlines and failures to make progress.
“We owe it to our future generations to fix this broken housing market and help them find a home of their own. Whilst some councils are recognising their responsibilities and stepping up to meet the housing challenge, too many are still not acting. That’s why I’m stepping in now to make sure they act,” Mr Javid went on to say.
Theresa May has also just waded into the mix, saying today that she will personally take charge of solving the country’s housing crisis. She noted that the country has to return to building good quality properties for those who need them the most. Ms May also promised that her government would be doing more to make sure more houses are built – and more quickly – over the next few weeks and months.
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