New homes built to new design standards can help push up house prices for people who already live there, the Housing Secretary has said, in a riposte to local people who fight new development.
Speaking to the Policy Exchange think tank, Robert Jenrick said: “Beautiful, high quality homes are approved quicker, sell faster, add to house prices and are enduringly popular.”
The Government is committed to lift the numbers of new homes to be built every year to 300,000 by the middle of this decade. A new design code was published yesterday to increase standards.
Mr Jenrick said new homes were often unpopular because they were constructed to poor standards.
A “less explored” thesis was “how the decline in quality that we have seen since the post-war period has corresponded with ever increasing opposition to new housing.
“The case for new housing is more important than ever, but it