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Government Minister targets 1 million New Homes

September 21, 2015

Housing minister Brandon Lewis, has said that success for the government would mean building 1 million new homes by 2020. Speaking on the BBC’s Inside Out programme, Mr. Lewis said the homes were needed to address a “decades old deficit”.

The National Housing Federation (NHF) had estimated that 974,000 homes were needed between 2011 and 2014, but figures from 326 local authorities showed only 457,490 were built. Gill Payne, NHF Director of Policy and External Affairs, believes the situation has now reached crisis proportions.

“In some areas, there is a drastic shortage causing prices to soar, putting homes out of the reach of many people. Families and young people across the country are crying out for genuinely affordable homes so they can put roots down and achieve their dreams of owning a home” she said, “we haven’t built enough homes in this country for decades, and if the gap between the number of households forming and the number of new homes being built continues to grow, we are in danger of not being able to house our children.”

The government’s official position up until now has not been to set targets but if they are to achieve Mr. Lewis’s proposed 1 million homes, they will need to achieve a level of house building not seen since 1989. The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England estimate that 1.8 million homes could be built on brownfield sites; there has also been a rise in planning applications which have been given detailed permission from 158,000 in 2011 to 240,000 last year.