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Affordable Homes Programme 'will change how houses are built'

Wed 23 Jul 2014

The government has said its Affordable Homes Programme will lead to long-term changes in how houses in the UK are created.

A total of £23 billion is being put towards delivering 165,000 new affordable properties between 2015 and 2018.

According to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), one in five houses will be constructed using "cutting edge advanced housing manufacture".

This means that parts will be manufactured in factories before they are put together on site.

The DCLG noted that while this method is rarely used in the UK, it has been widely adopted in mainland Europe.

Brandon Lewis, the housing minister, believes this approach will lead to the rate at which affordable houses are being built reaching its highest point in two decades.

He described house building as an "essential part" of the government's long-term economic plan, which he said is why it has set ambitious targets regarding the delivery of affordable properties.

Mr Lewis stated that the Affordable Homes Programme will use the "latest construction technology to deliver high-quality homes".

This, he said, will help to "transform the way we build in Britain" and provide homes "where future generations will want to live and raise families of their own".

The minister also noted that the Affordable Homes Programme will support 165,000 construction jobs and sustain thousands of small businesses across the country.

Mr Lewis was speaking after the government announced the successful bids for nearly 62,000 houses to be delivered in the first phase of the scheme.

Andy Rose, chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, has confirmed that a "solid delivery programme" has been put in place to ensure there is a smooth transition from the current Affordable Homes Programme.

He said this will enable the delivery of these properties to begin promptly.

For further information on any of the points raised in this article please contact Eleanor Kilminster in our Construction department and Charlie Proddow in our Social Housing and Regeneration team.

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