Action to provide the homes people need

Today the Housing Secretary has set out new measures that will help provide hundreds of thousands of much-needed new homes and level up cities across England, delivering on the priorities in the Conservative manifesto and creating jobs as we build back better from coronavirus.

  • The government wants everyone to be able to buy their own home – making the first step on to the housing ladder. As we recover from the pandemic, we will use this opportunity to transform our cities by making the most of vacant buildings and underused land to build more homes, all while protecting our green spaces. 
  • These new measures will help with the delivery of 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s, as we encourage more homes to be built in England’s 20 largest cities and urban centres. These measures will prioritise vacant buildings and brownfield sites and help ensure that funding that will be made available to help build these homes across England - not just in London and the South East.   
  • As we reform our outdated planning system, we will create a new trajectory for our major cities and urban centres, boosting local economies, supporting jobs and revitalising our high streets as we deliver the homes this country needs.
  • I support action to provide more homes, but councils - planning authorities like Copeland Borough Council and Highways authorities like Cumbria County Council must work together to ensure that there is a safe and sustainable access to all these new homes. We cannot afford to create the situation where hundreds of extra cars are send down existing roads where there is no spare capacity.


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