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New housing agency launched
A new national housing agency has been launched by the Housing Secretary as a key step towards delivering the homes the country needs.
Sajid Javid has launched Homes England, a successor to the Homes and Communities Agency.
By bringing together their existing planning expertise and new land buying powers, the new agency will play a significant role in securing land in areas where people want to live, support smaller and more innovative house builders into the market and resource brownfield sites to deliver homes for families.
Homes England will play a major role in fixing the broken housing market by helping to deliver an average of 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.
Homes England will develop a new commercial approach to acquiring, preparing, managing and developing land in areas of high demand and strategic importance.
By focusing on using both the land and money to support builders of all sizes to increase supply will continue to support accelerated construction on a selection of sites.
Sajid Javid, Housing Secretary, 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.”
Nick Walkley, chief executive of Homes England, said: “As Homes England, we will use our land, finance and expertise to expand the delivery of affordable new homes and connect ambitious partners to remove barriers to house building.”