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This followed a commitment in the Autumn Budget 2017 to bring together money, expertise, planning and compulsory purchase powers, with a remit to facilitate the delivery of new homes where they are most needed and to deliver a sustained improvement in affordability.
It also followed the renaming of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), and the renaming of the 'Communities Secretary' as the 'Housing Secretary'. These changes reflect an increasing focus by government on the housing crisis and a commitment to deliver an average of 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.
Homes England is intended to drive forward change, as set out in the government’s housing white paper ‘Fixing our broken housing market’, published on 7 February 2017. It is governed by a board appointed by the Housing Secretary who decide what its priorities will be.
Housing Secretary Sajid Javid said; “This government is determined to build the homes our country needs and help more people get on the housing ladder. Homes England will be at the heart of leading this effort. The development at Alconbury is a prime example of how the agency has worked to deliver thousands of new homes, as well as improve roads and create space for local businesses. The new agency will be key in replicating this approach right across the country and will help us build a Britain fit for the future.”
British Property Federation (BPF) chief executive at Melanie Leech said: “We welcome the launch of the new Homes England, and we look forward to working even more closely on the delivery of much-needed new homes across the UK. It’s clear there is growing momentum behind the government’s housing agenda and we are delighted with the continuing policy support for a multi-tenure approach to housing supply, creating great places and the remediation of land. This will be vital if the housing white paper and the changes to the National Planning Policy Framework have any chance of making a significant impact on volume and affordability.”
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