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Britain is still building

  • New homes starts are the fifth best in a quarter of a century
  • There is no evidence of a Brexit wobble

London is lagging

  • A sharp decline in last year’s housing figures may herald a longer-term decline
  • London may need additional and special measures to reverse its housing problems

The Home Counties and regions are leading the charge in building homes and in planning permissions

  • High delivery in the South East has been supported through the Institute’s Housing Business Ready programme
  • The first councils in Surrey and Berkshire have now completed the programme as well as key coastal communities across the South East

To keep Britain building in order to achieve the Prime Minister’s housing target of 1.5 million homes by 2022, the Housing & Finance Institute calls on Government to implement a twofold strategy:

  • Additional and special measures for London should be considered, including a review of recommendations set out in Lord Kerslake’s London Housing Commission Report; and
  • Enhanced flexibility, funding, powers and support for the regions should be considered so that they can meet the million homes needed for the nation, including a review of recommendations set out in the Institute’s work ‘From the Shore to the Shires’.