Jane Gallifent, development & sales director at Aster Group, said:
“The launch of the Land Release fund is a welcome move from the government. We need to build 250,000 new houses a year to meet demand and making use of available land of all sizes is essential to achieving that. The 160,000 homes that the scheme intends to help deliver is a firm step in the right direction.
“It’s this kind of approach to policy that will help solve the housing crisis. Flagship schemes with hundreds or thousands of homes are crucial, but developments on smaller parcels of land are no less important in meeting the demand for new housing. It’s encouraging to see the government apply some original thinking in pushing councils to bring such land back into meaningful use.
“Alongside this, we also need a concerted effort from the wider sector to collaborate, pool resources and share expertise. This is essential to meeting the country’s ever increasing need for faster delivery of new homes.”