Former housing minister Shapps talks up housebuilding during new development visit
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Central Government
The former housing minister Grant Shapps talked about housebuilding's "vital role" in boosting the UK economy with jobs, homes and apprenticeships, during a visit to Linden Homes’ The View development in Wadebridge, Cornwall.
Shapps, who is now chairman of the Conservative Party, emphasised the capacity of new homes to encourage local and national investment.
Planning consent for the development was secured at a local level after a comprehensive community engagement programme undertaken by Linden Homes, whereby residents and other key stakeholders identified the need for good quality new homes.
Half of the new 48 homes under construction are for local affordable housing provider, Aster.
The £5.5 million scheme has also supported over 70 jobs, including the creation of 44 jobs on-site.
“I very much enjoyed my site visit to The View, Wadebridge, with our prospective parliamentary candidate for North Cornwall, Scott Mann,” said Shapps.
“As former housing minister, I know just how important housebuilding is for our economic recovery in North Cornwall and indeed nationally, through the homes that are provided and the jobs and apprenticeships which are created.
“The coalition government will continue to put in place measures like the Help to Buy scheme and reforms to the planning system to support home ownership, new development and affordable housing.”
Another larger-scale demonstration of where Linden Homes is driving investment into the local economy is the company’s Ogwell Brook scheme in Newton Abbot, where 186 homes are being delivered.
The trainees at The View are part of the Linden Homes Apprenticeship Academy, a £500,000 national initiative aiming to tackle the construction skills gap by recruiting 500 young people over two-three years to be the UK’s builders and managers of the future.
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