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Printed in England ELECTION 2015

Editor’s letter

David Mote, editor of Housebuilder & Developer

Just a month after the election and The Queen’s Speech has already announced both the Housing and the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bills.

Brandon Lewis retained his Planning and Housing portfolio and was able to bask in the glory of some seriously impressive housing statistics, probably underpinned by the government’s Right to Buy: Equity Loan initiative, which has also been extended until 2020.

In the world of cabinet reshuffles government heavyweight, Eric Pickles made way for Greg Clark – champion of localism and the devolution of powers away from Westminster. Who almost immediately confirmed the government’s desire to squeeze more land for homes out of local government. He will also be keen to encourage the speedy introduction of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill, which will provide for the devolution of powers to cities with elected metro mayors.

But the ‘biggy’ for the housing sector will be the Housing Bill, which among other things proposes to allow England’s 1.3 million housing association tenants to purchase their homes, with the same discounts offered to council tenants. Also, in the Housing Bill, Right to Build will give people the right to be allocated land, with planning permission, to self-build or commission a home to be built for them.

Greg Clark believes that the Housing Bill alone could give more than a million people a helping hand onto the housing ladder.

So buckle up – the next few years could be very interesting for the whole housing sector.

Home builders welcome government ambition ‘to build on past five years’

industry with the Home Builders Federation (HBF) applauding the new government’s ‘ambition to build on the achievements of the last five years’. HBF executive chairman Stewart


Baseley said: “It is many years since a government came to power with such a clear focus on housing and a strong mandate to implement policies required to boost supply. “We welcome the new government’s

ambitions to build on the achieve- ments of the last five years and continue to address this long-term housing crisis. The reforms to the planning system that were so hard fought in the last parliament are now beginning to bear fruit with more land coming through the system and an increased number of planning permis- sions granted.” Baseley added that the Conservative

manifesto was ‘very clear’ in its inten- tion to build on recent increases in housebuilding and help more families achieve their goal of home ownership. Other industry commentators also

welcomed the Conservative party’s majority win in the general election. CALA Group CEO, Alan Brown

said: “Following a closely fought race, the final election result is good news for the UK housing market as the Conservative party has shown that it truly understands the intricacies of the housing crisis and is clear on how to address the UK’s chronic shortage of new homes.” Story Homes CEO, Steve Errington

said that his company: “Welcomes the election of a majority Conservative government who have already made a commitment to deliver much-needed new housing throughout the country.” What the housing sector now

expects from the new government is stability, an economy that both helps keep Britain building and continues to reinforce consumer confidence.

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