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Housing pact made in Wales

Words: Laura Edgar

The Welsh Government has signed an agreement with the Home Builders Federation (HBF) to increase housing supply.

The pact sees the Welsh Government commit to engage actively with the housing industry to help shape policy and identify the barriers to private housing supply in Wales.

The HBF will provide detailed evidence to help innovate housing policy.

Lesley Griffiths, minister for communities and tackling poverty in Wales, says she recognises the importance of private sector house building, “not only in providing much-needed homes, but also the wider economic benefits house building generates through job creation”.

The minister explained that in recent years, the housing industry in Wales had seen a “sustained recovery”, with annual increases in both new developments and homes being started and built.

This, Griffiths said, demonstrates the impact that Welsh Government schemes have had, including Help to Buy – Wales.

But she emphasised that there is more to be done if supply is to meet demand.

The concord between the Welsh Government and the HBF aims to increase housing supply as well as maximise the benefits from construction through local jobs and apprenticeships.

The Welsh Government’s commitments include: extending Help to Buy – Wales; to progress with the planning agenda; to work with local authorities to ensure that every planning authority in Wales adopts a local development plan; and to identify and release more public sector land for private housing investment.

The HBF and its members have agreed to work in partnership with the Welsh Government, local authorities and other bodies to: increase housing supply in Wales; maximise community benefits through local investment, including increasing the provision of apprenticeships; to help develop the construction skills agenda; and to work with housing associations on delivering affordable housing as part of private estates.

Image courtesy of the National Assembly for Wales