Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, today heralded sweeping reforms to help communities build hundreds of thousands of new homes where families want to live - and ensure that first time buyers from the area are given priority access rights when these houses go on sale.
Unveiling the Lyons Report on a visit to Milton Keynes, he declared that this comprehensive housing plan – the first of its kind in a generation - will meet Labour’s commitment of building 200,000 homes a year by 2020 and set a course for doubling the number of first-time buyers over the next decade.
The report highlights a land market that is not working: insufficient land coming forward; a decline in house building capacity; and communities feeling that they have no influence where new homes will go.
He endorsed the comprehensive plan set out by the review and highlighted three key policies designed to unlock the supply of new homes and guarantee that communities get proper benefit from development in their area.
These will ensure:
- Local communities have the power to build the homes needed in the places people want to live
- Councils produce a plan for homebuilding in their area and allocate sufficient land for development to meet the needs of people in the area
- First time buyers from the area can get priority access rights when these new homes go on sale.