Government backing for new generation of town houses

Housing Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed government backing to create a new generation of town houses in cities to ease pressure on valuable open spaces.

For cities such as London and Manchester the changes will make it easier to build upwards on existing blocks of flats and houses, as well as shops and offices, providing it is in keeping with the roofline of other buildings in the area.

The changes, part of the government’s housing white paper, are intended to ensure councils can protect valuable open space in inner city areas.

Javid said: “The answer to building new homes isn’t always an empty plot, or developing on a derelict site. We need to be more creative and make more effective use of the space we already have available. That’s why we are looking to strengthen planning rules to encourage developers to be more innovative and look at opportunities to build upwards where possible when delivering the homes the country needs.”

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