Cameron calls for housing revolution

Published:  06 October, 2011

MANCHESTER: Prime minister, David Cameron has called for a "new Tory housing revolution" in his leader's speech to the Conservative conference.

Speaking to delegates in Manchester, Cameron confirmed announcements made earlier in the week to boost housing supply, including the return of Margaret Thatcher's right-to-buy policy.

"Because lenders won't lend, builders won't build and buyers can't buy. We're sorting this out, bringing back the right-to-buy and using the money to build new homes," he said.

The Federation of Master Builders has called on the government to reduce the burden on house builders. Richard Diment, director general said: "If Cameron wants to lead a housing revolution he needs to deliver on his government's commitment to reduce the burden on house builders over the course of the parliament.

"At the moment this isn't going to happen. This government has encouraged local authorities to introduce the Community Infrastructure Levy, the removal of housing targets has resulted in the scrapping of plans for two years' supply of house building, and plans for zero carbon homes are continuing despite the policy going further and faster than required by EU directives.

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