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What is a starter home?

Part of Housing and Planning Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 3rd May 2016.

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Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy Conservative, South Ribble 6:30 pm, 3rd May 2016

I have the greatest respect for the hon. Gentleman, but the Lords amendments would hold the process up; we would get to 2019, and no starter homes would have been built—I really fear that that would happen. The amendments would slow things down, but we need to start building now.

As we know, house prices have risen exponentially, particularly in London, but that is because of a lack of supply. The picture is complicated, and one could not say that things have happened for one particular reason, but the lack of supply is a fundamental block, and we touched on that all the way through Committee. We need to get more houses built—and quickly.

There was much debate in Committee about permission in principle—the new consent model of planning—which will provide certainty.