1 Dec

New government housing agency welcomed

New government housing agency welcomed

The launch of the new Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has been welcomed by organisations involved with the industry.

Giving its response to the news, the Home Builders Federation stated that the launch of the agency creates a chance to increase the supply of housing, both social and private.

The HBF's chairman, Stewart Baseley, said it has already been working with the new body's head, Sir Bob Kerslake, to formulate plans on how the HCA may spend its budget of £17 billion over three years, with an emphasis on ensuring the supply of new homes and the capacity of the building industry are maintained.

Success in achieving such aims may help provide more homes for first-time buyers.

In its own response to the news, the Campaign to Protect Rural England said it is important for the HCA to work with local communities to establish how their housing needs are best met.

The HCA takes over the responsibilities of English Partnerships, the Housing Corporation and the Academy for Sustainable Communities.
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