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Here’s where Labour wants to kick off its plans to build 1,500,000 homes


Rachel Reeves with shoulder length hair and a navy suit jacket speaks in front of a red background, with a map of England imposed next to her.

Labour’s Rachel Reeves vowed to ‘kickstart economic growth’ in her first speech as Chancellor (Picture: PA/Metro.co.uk)

Labour’s new Chancellor of the Exchequer Rachel Reeves used her first speech in office to promise 1,500,000 news homes over the next five years.

It’s part of her plan to ‘kickstart economic growth’ by overhauling the planning system, reintroducing mandatory housing targets, and ‘[accelerating] stalled housing sites’.

‘Planning reform has become a byword for political timidity in the face of vested interests and a graveyard of economic ambition’, Reeves said.

Warning the UK is in ‘the worst set of circumstances since the Second World War’, Reeves claimed the country’s economy is £140billion smaller than it would have been had it kept pace with other OECD members.

This cost the country £58billion in potential tax revenues last year alone – money that could have gone to the NHS, schools and public services, according to Reeves.

She said: ‘Our economy has been held back by decisions deferred and decisions ducked.

‘Political self-interest put ahead of the national interest. A government that put party first, country second.’

The new government has already lifted a ban on onshore windfarms in England.

Now it’s also turning its sights to four construction projects across England, which could deliver more than 14,000 homes once complete.

Where is first on the list of places Labour promises to deliver new houses?

Efforts to accelerate stalled housing projects will initially be focused on four areas in England (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

Reeves said the Labour government ‘will create a new taskforce to accelerate stalled housing sites in our country’.

This will begin with four sites – Liverpool Central Docks, Worcestershire Parkway, Northstowe and Langley Sutton Coldfield.

Some are more ‘stalled’ than others. But what are they?

Liverpool Central Docks

Granted planning permission in March 2023, this is described as ‘the beating heart’ of Peel Group’s £5.5billion Liverpool Waters development.

If complete, it could see the construction of 330 new ‘smart homes’ in addition to the existing 237 occupied homes and a new ferry terminal to the Isle of Man.

The wider Liverpool Waters project, aimed at regenerating the city’s historic docks, played a role in UNESCO stripping its World Heritage Site status in 2021.

Chris Capes, director of development for Liverpool Waters, said: ‘It is great to hear that the new chancellor of the exchequer has Central Docks on her radar and is looking to accelerate the delivery of a highly sustainable housing community, delivering thousands of homes as well as creating one of Liverpool’s largest new green spaces.

‘The team at Peel Waters welcome any opportunity to work in partnership with the new government to drive forward the waterfront regeneration of Liverpool’s northern docklands.’

Labour has made housing a key issue in its first days in government (Picture: Lucy North/PA Wire)

Worcestershire Parkway

Centred on the Worcestershire Parkway train station, opened in February 2020, this would be a whole new town of some 10,000 houses if completed.

St Modwen Homes and Hallam Land Management put forward initial plans for 2,500 homes in October last year.

Proposals include two primary schools and two neighbourhood centres, …read more

Source:: Metro

      

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