Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley, led an inquiry this week questioning senior civil servants over housebuilding targets.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has an objective to deliver 300,000 new homes a year in England by the mid-2020s.
Caroline challenged officials to think strategically about encouraging the building of affordable homes and social housing. The Committee also explored concerns that local authorities, those responsible for delivering new homes, are not being properly supported by the Government.
Said Caroline: “The Government’s housebuilding targets are ambitious – so it’s vital that my committee makes sure they’re achievable. Such a steep increase in housebuilding means that local authorities need proper financing and support from the Government.
“It’s not just about building houses; it’s making sure that there’s the right mix of affordable and social housing. Too often, we see developers promising to build social housing as part of their package, and then not delivering.
“It’s also important that all points in the house building process are joined up. I’ve worked over the past year to ensure that new build estates, like Warren Park in Bessacarr, have access to fibre broadband as standard as new residents move in.
“We need to think strategically about building the right sort of new homes and making sure they’re fit for purpose straight away.”
You can read what Caroline said in the session here.