26 Feb

Government aims to boost housing supply

Government aims to boost housing supply

The government has sold enough land to provide for 68,000 homes.

Housing minister Kris Hopkins has confirmed that more than 430 brownfield sites have been sold as part of the public sector land programme.

He stressed that developers now need to work towards increasing the housing stock to meet the demand for new homes.

It is expected the government will release enough land for 100,000 homes by 2015 and has now completed thirds of the programme, with house building currently at its highest level since 2007.

Mr Hopkins said: "We're making it easier for the public to see what land we own and challenge us if they think they could use it better."

He added councils should now follow the government's lead and look at land and properties that could be put up for sale to create new homes.

The latest data from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) shows a total of 122,590 homes were started last year - the highest number since 2007.ADNFCR-1222-ID-801697642-ADNFCR

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