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Housing: Construction

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure the availability of (a) skills, (b) manpower and (c) materials to meet the target for building new homes; how she plans to ensure timely planning decisions are taken on those homes; and if she will make a statement. (165862)

Chapter 11 of our ‘Homes for the Future’ Green Paper set out how Government intend to build capacity to meet the skills and construction challenges in supporting housing growth, while also supporting local people's skills needs. Officials in my Department and the Departments for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS), and for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR), are working closely with the main built environment sector skills councils (SSCs) and other partners to take forward these commitments to ensure that we have the skills needed to support our plans for housing growth. In addition we will consider the implications for skills of the Callcutt review of housebuilding delivery, and what if any further actions may be needed.

Chapter 2 of the Green Paper sets out how the planning system can support the goal of 240,000 new homes every year. Our White Paper “Planning for a Sustainable Future” also made clear that increasing the supply of housing is a key outcome for planning.