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