Mark Whitehead 14 February 2019

Brokenshire announces £250m of housing deals

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Communities secretary James Brokenshire has evoked the 'spirit of Britain's post-war push' to publicise the Government's housebuilding programme.

He said the target of building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s would meet a target not seen since the days of Harold Macmillan.

The claims came as Mr Brokenshire announced that nearly £250m of housing deals would deliver almost 25,000 more homes, backed by government investment of £157 million in infrastructure.

A partnership had also been struck by the Government’s 'housing accelerator' Homes England to build more than 10,000 properties on Ministry of Defence land on military bases, while in London, more than 1,500 new homes will be built at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

He said: 'We are invoking the spirit of Britain’s post-war push to build as we strive to hit our target of 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s, for the first time since the days of Harold Macmillan.

'By investing in infrastructure, freeing up public sector land and offering targeted loans we are making the housing market work.

'These deals struck today will help us build almost 25,000 more homes – which is another symbolic step towards our homebuilding targets.'

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