I have purposefully abstained from commenting on governments recent housing white paper. Much has been reported and shared on the subject. I have, however, keenly read about the fallout.
Offsite construction has had some solid publicity through the reports content. In part this has been achieved through local authorities releasing public land to build affordable housing for first time buyers.
A bigger battle for offsite technology manufacturers is lenders continued skepticism. Such technologies are largely new and so lenders are nervous to whether buildings produced in this manner will withstand 25 plus years of the elements.
For many the whitepaper outlined clearly how we as a nation are going to deliver 250,000 homes per year for the next three years. There are question marks left to how the government is going to fund this increase (if at all) and what plans Whitehall has for the 35,000 people on the housing waiting list.
The Government’s housing white paper contained three ‘glaring omissions’ including no mention of the one million homes target, the Liberal Democrat’s say. Responding to the white paper, a Lib Dem spokesperson pointed out communities secretary Sajid Javid did not mention the Government’s ambition to build one million homes by 2020.