Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Labour pledges to build five new towns

A Labour government would aim to build around five new towns in its first term, the shadow housing minister has said.

Emma Reynolds, told the Observer newspaper, that Labour wants to ‘recapture the spirit’ of the post-war government led by Clement Attlee.

She said: ‘The last time there was a massive increase in housing supply was in the postwar period and we want to recapture that spirit.

‘I don’t think we will do as well as the Attlee government, with 11 new towns, I think that is quite a lot. I would love to think we could deliver four or five.’

Ms Reynolds said a Labour government would create incentives for councils to hand over land to development corporations.

Inside Housing revealed in September that Labour has commissioned pilot projects to look at ways councils can work more closely with housing associations and developers to double house building by 2020. The party is looking at several ideas, including the formation of council-controlled housing companies to drive development.

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