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Reports Of The Death Of Dr Beeching Have Been Exaggerated

Headlines about the new national strategic vision for rail concentrated on an alleged Government plan to reverse Beeching, which must have been a relief to ministers given that the document looks like making our dysfunctional franchising system even worse and more expensive to the taxpayer. Reversin...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 07 December 2017

Be Careful What You Wish For

There has been much understandable relief that chancellor Philip Hammond ignored calls from flaky think-tanks for wholesale releases of land in green belts for housing. But his Budget was very far from good news in many other ways. There were a few good things in it on the brownfield housing front a...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 24 November 2017

Predict And Arrive

I was recently challenged to produce a plan for building five million homes in over the next 50 years. My initial reaction was to react like the apocryphal bloke in deepest rural Ireland who, asked by a passing motorist the way to Limerick, replied that if he were going to Limerick, he wouldn-apos-t...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 November 2017

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Javid outlines housing plans

Added on 11 October 2016

The Government has announced it will publish a white paper on English housing later this year and meanwhile will provide up to £1bn in short-term loans for small builders, custom builders and "innovators".

Communities secretary Sajid Javid said the Government is determined to get more homes built and said the Home Building Fund, worth £3bn, would get more than 25,000 homes built in this Parliament and 200,000 in the longer term.

"It is only by building more houses that we will alleviate the financial burden on those who are struggling to manage," he said.

The Home Building Fund will be administered by the Homes and Communities Agency and it has opened for applications.

The Fund is intended to generate £1bn of loans for small builders and £2bn of long-term funding for infrastructure.

No details are yet available of what it might fund, or how, but the Government says the emphasis will be on brownfield land.

Mr Javid had previously announced plans to accelerate construction on public land and a package for urban and brownfield regeneration including an element of transit-oriented-development.

"The Home Building Fund is good news, especially its focus on small and medium-sized builders," said CPRE head of planning Matt Thomson.

"However, we’d like to see much more ambition in accelerating construction on public land given the amount of such land that’s available. We’d also like to hear more about how we restrict greenfield development to drive the brownfield development that both CPRE and the Government want to encourage."

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