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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-35217418

The government is "pulling out all the stops" by directly commissioning the building of up to 13,000 homes on public land, ministers say.

Smaller developers will be able to buy sites in England with planning permission in place - with 40% of the new-builds to be so-called "starter homes" aimed at first-time buyers.

PM David Cameron said it was a "huge shift in government policy".

But Labour said he was using "rhetoric to hide his failure on new homes".

Shadow housing minister John Healey said the announcement did not promise any new affordable homes beyond those already announced.

'Radical' shift

Direct commissioning allows the government to assume responsibility for developing land, instead of large building firms.

Communities Secretary Greg Clark told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the government was "pulling out all the stops to get the country building".

"We know that consistently 90% of people aspire to own their own home, and for many years now home ownership has been in decline," he said.

He added that the eight biggest building firms accounted for 50% of the house-building market, and there was a need to involve smaller and medium-sized companies.

Downing Street said the move marked a "radical new policy shift", with up to 13,000 homes set to be built on five publicly-owned sites in 2016 - with up to 40% being affordable "starter" homes.

In December 2014 former Lib Dem chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander announced a pilot plan for the government to "directly commission, build and even sell homes" at a former RAF base in Northstowe, Cambridgeshire.

BBC home editor Mark Easton said the extent of government involvement marked something of an ideological shift for a Conservative administration, adding that starting 13,000 homes represented a "tiny proportion" of the million the government wants built by 2020.

Starter homes

The government wants to build 200,000 starter homes - to be offered to first-time buyers under 40 at a minimum 20% discount price - by 2020.

The discounts apply to properties worth up to £250,000 outside London, or £450,000 in the capital.

A pilot for the scheme will start on five sites:

  • Brownfield land at Old Oak Common, in north-west London
  • Former Connaught Barracks, in Dover
  • Ex-MoD land at Northstowe, in Cambridgeshire
  • Former hospital site at Lower Graylingwell, in Chichester
  • MoD site at Daedelus Waterfront, in Gosport

Where can I afford to live?

Why 'starter homes' are controversial

Mr Cameron said the government was "rolling its sleeves up and directly getting homes built".

The government will also announce a £1.2bn fund to help developers prepare underused brownfield land for building.

The move will fast-track the creation of at least 30,000 new starter homes by 2020, Downing Street said.

New homes 'failure'

However, Labour's shadow housing minister John Healey said home ownership was at its "lowest level in a generation".

"In the Autumn Statement a few weeks ago, George Osborne tried to spin his halving of public housing investment as an increase. Now David Cameron is laying on the rhetoric to hide his failure on new homes," he said.

He added: "David Cameron needs to do much more to fix his five years of failure on housing."

Edited by cool_hand

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So about 2 weeks needed supply.

If thats "pulling out all the stops" Dave needs a new organ. This one is more Bontempi than Wurlitzer.

Edited by R K

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13,000 won't even touch the sides. Only 5200 being affordable and this is hailed as pulling out the stops and huge game changing policy? What a joke that the PM even puts his name to this insult.

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Old news too. But was interesting to hear that all those Oxford graduates were "rolling its sleeves up and directly getting homes built". Good that they are finally using their honorary Oxford qualifications in brick laying and joinery.

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  • Former Connaught Barracks, in Dover

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Immigrants won't have to walk much further after they jump of the back of a lorry on landing in the UK

The reason that hasn't been developed is Dover is a poor area with little demand outside of landlords, flats and bedsits.

There is no demand for quality housing there however you could develop a world class slum and add to the numbers commuting in/out of dover every day.

Would be better to return that to farmland and plan a massive development is Ashford where the housing is required.

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  • Former Connaught Barracks, in Dover

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Immigrants won't have to walk much further after they jump of the back of a lorry on landing in the UK

Well, why not build these places in Sangatte in the first place? Or Warsaw? It would save a lot of Nimby anguish and ease the pressure of people sleeping rough in the other places they mentioned . . . like Chichester :)

(Now playing: 'I'm looking over, the brownfields of Dover')

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Does anyone know why developers have to be subsidised to the tune of 1.2 billion?

What you have to understand is that the market is like an invisible hand, and David Cameron is like a glove-puppet.

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We'll help Londoners of all incomes onto property ladder We are making available a new £1.2 billion fund to redevelop underused brownfield land. This will help build 60,000 homes right across the country, half of them starter homes with a 20 per cent discount for first-time buyers under 40.

Is it 20% free mone + 40% HTB in London?

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