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“Let’s get Britain building,” minister tells housebuilding sector
7 February 2017
The UK government has today set out ambitious housebuilding plans in its long-awaited housing industry white paper called “Fixing our broken housing market”.
The white paper includes reforms to the housing market and measures to increase the supply of new homes.
In essence, communities secretary Sajid Javid says the current system “isn’t working and is one of the greatest barriers to progress in Britain today”.
The Structural Timber Association (STA) has welcomed the plans, saying the government’s commitment was acting as a catalyst for change in the wider housing market, through supporting offsite manufacturing techniques.
Details in the white paper include action to help small independent builders enter the market through a £3bn Home Building Fund – already flagged up in advance of the publication.
The government says around 60% of new homes are built by just 10 companies ...
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