Government 'should address new homes shortage'
3rd Sep 2010
Something has to be done quickly about the UK's need for new homes, it has been claimed.
The Homebuilders Federation said that the government should address the problem as a "matter of urgency".
Head of communications Steve Turner explained that getting things right in sorting out the housing shortage issues in the UK had implications both socially and economically.
"We estimate that we have already got a housing shortfall of a million and, [for] every year that we are not building 200,000-plus homes, that million shortfall is getting bigger," he revealed.
A recent report from Policy Exchange recommended that the government offer incentives to residents living close to where new houses are being built.
Mr Turner added that any such scheme should be "transparent" and benefit "the entire community".
The expert said more details were needed to allow local authorities to establish what they would be getting under the proposed plan.
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