17 Oct

Maiden Beckett speech gains warm reception

Maiden Beckett speech gains warm reception

Margaret Beckett's first speech in her new role as housing minister has been given a warm welcome by Dave Bexon, the managing director of new housing firm SmartNewHomes.com.

The speech was made to a conference of the Home Builders Federation and Mr Bexon responded: "It is encouraging to hear Margaret Beckett stating an early intention to prioritise a close working relationship with housebuilders in her first address to the industry."

Mr Bexon said that he was particularly pleased to hear the minister raise the issue of the use of public land for housing development, commenting that planning and land supply will be "crucial" in a period when the housing industry emerges from the recent downturn.

In her speech, Ms Beckett said that the supply of public land for housing and measures to lower the risk faced by developers could "lay the foundations" for a major market recovery.

Such moves could be good news for those seeking mortgages as it could help increase the stock of available homes to choose from.

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