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14 October 2021 more...
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PlaceShapers welcome the announcement made by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP.
At the Conservative conference in Birmingham, Chancellor Philip Hammond and Mr Javid set out details of a Home Building Fund using £3 billion of previously-announced cash to provide loans to stimulate projects, as well as a £2 billion Accelerated Construction scheme to make publicly-owned "brownfield" land available for swift development.
The Home Building Fund will provide £1 billion of short-term loan funding for small builders, custom builders and innovative developers to deliver 25,500 homes by 2020, while a further £2 billion of long-term funding for infrastructure will unlock up to 200,000 homes over the longer term, they said.
PlaceShapers chair Sinéad Butter said: “The support for small local builders, many of whom are key in providing new homes in communities, working closely with our members, will be instrumental in delivering homes that are needed locally.
“Flexibility on tenure is also key to solving the housing crisis and allow for those for whom owning a home will never be a possibility. We too await with optimism the housing white paper later this year in which we hope that the key messages of flexibility regarding tenure of new supply, acknowledgment of the different manifestations of the housing crisis across the country and support for housing associations in areas of low value as well as high is recognised.
“PlaceShaper’s October Home Builder is a classic example of homes which respond to local needs and build strong communities.”