Brandon Lewis has promised 165,000 new houses and apartments

In his first major act as housing and planning minister, Brandon Lewis has promised 165,000 new houses and apartments will be constructed in the three years from 2015 in a programme which will “change the way homes are built in Britain.”
A fifth of the homes will be built with what Lewis calls “advanced housing manufacture” – pre-fabricated elements made in factories before being assembled on site. This technique is widely used elsewhere in Europe but only rarely in Britain, says Lewis.

A total of 214 affordable housing providers – mostly housing associations – have been earmarked to receive government funding for the new homes, a third of which will be in London. There will also be a £23 billion private financing programme.

“Housebuilding is an essential part of this government’s long-term economic plan. That’s why we have designed an ambitious new scheme to build affordable homes at the fastest rate for 20 years, which will support 165,000 jobs in construction and sustain thousands of small businesses” says Lewis.

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