Skip to main content

Housing

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

26. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the recommendation by the Select Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions that 200,000 new homes should be built by 2010. (81884)

We welcome the ODPM Select Committee’s recognition, in its report on Housing Supply and Affordability, of the pressing need for more housing to meet the needs of current and future generations.

We have simply not been building enough homes to meet rising demand and changing social trends. Households are projected to grow by 209,000 per year up to 2026, driven by people living longer, more divorce and separation and more people living alone. By contrast, last year only around 168,000 additional homes were provided. We need to ensure that housing supply is increased, both for purchase and for rent, to provide homes for future generations.

In our response to the Barker Review, published in December, we set out our ambition to increase the supply of new housing to 200,000 per year by 2016. The package aims to make it easier to buy outright or buy a part share in a home, as well as improving access to high quality, rented social housing. If housing supply is not increased, affordability will continue to worsen. For example, the proportion of 30-year-old couples who could afford to buy a home will fall from just over 50 per cent. now, to around a third by 2016. Government will respond formally to the recommendations contained in the report in due course.

29. To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make a statement on the recommendation by the Select Committee on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions that 200,000 homes should be built by 2010. (81887)

We welcome the ODPM Select Committee's recognition, in its report on Housing Supply and Affordability, of the pressing need for more housing to meet the needs of current and future generations.

We have simply not been building enough homes to meet rising demand and changing social trends. Households are projected to grow by 209,000 per year up to 2026, driven by people living longer, more divorce and separation and more people living alone. By contrast, last year only around 168,000 additional homes were provided. We need to ensure that housing supply is increased, both for purchase and for rent, to provide homes for future generations.

In our response to the Barker Review, published in December, we set out our ambition to increase the supply of new housing to 200,000 per year by 2016. The package aims to make it easier to buy outright or buy a part share in a home, as well as improving access to high quality, rented social housing. If housing supply is not increased, affordability will continue to worsen. For example, the proportion of 30-year-old couples who could afford to buy a home will fall from just over 50 per cent. now, to around a third by 2016. Government will respond formally to the recommendations contained in the report in due course.