Truss must remove red tape and reform planning to build homes for first-time buyers

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Making it easier to develop affordable, energy-efficient homes in areas of deprivation must be a key focus for the new prime minister, argues James Thomson

At Gleeson, we are looking forward to engaging positively with Liz Truss, the new Prime minister, and Simon Clarke, the new housing secretary, as the sector seeks to continue to emphasise the importance of delivering much-needed homes.

From our perspective, as an affordable housebuilder, we consider support for first-time buyers as particularly, and increasingly, crucial. We are therefore calling for the new government to make the delivery of affordable homes, particularly for first-time buyers, a priority, through measures including improvements to the planning system and removing red tape and barriers throughout the housebuilding process.

The economic and societal benefits of home ownership have been clear for decades, and something that the Conservative Party has historically understood and upheld. The new prime minister herself has often reflected on the housing sector’s positive effect on the economy and how vital it is in keeping Britain’s economy growing during challenging times.

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