The Government has today announced plans to get 100,000 new homes built on unused land held by Government departments.
As one of the country's biggest landlords, the Government has a critical role to play in making sites available for developers so we can get the homes our country needs built.
The proposals, unveiled by Housing Minister Grant Shapps, will see a large amount of land released from Whitehall's grip to build 100,000 new homes across the country. All Government departments are looking at what can be released and we encourage builders to get involved. The proposals will ensure that much needed homes are build and in the process support up to 25,000 jobs.
This new push is on top of the widely supported 'Affordable Rent' scheme for social housing in which 150,000 new homes will be built for social tenants over the next 5 years.
Commenting, Grant Shapps said:
"Labour's top down targets approach to house building led to the lowest levels of new homes being built since 1924. This is on top of a 45,000 decrease of social housing homes over their 13 years in office.
"The British people desperately need new and more affordable homes. We are working really hard on several major schemes, including this one to turn Whitehall's unused land into much needed houses. We are determined to provide homes for those who need them and this will go a long way to making this a reality."