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What is a starter home?

Part of Housing and Planning Bill – in the House of Commons at 6:45 pm on 3rd May 2016.

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Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy Conservative, South Ribble 6:45 pm, 3rd May 2016

I agree. Given how small builders are funded and run, they are not land banking in the same way. They want to build homes and move on, whereas the large multiples have a different approach because they are land investors as well as builders. I think there is very much a cross-party consensus that we need more units built. That is the whole essence of the Bill.

I welcome the Lords amendments that exclude the winning and working of minerals, which covers fracking. In areas such as South Ribble and the Bowland basin, where companies have made initial exploratory attempts, that will give reassurance to some of my constituents.

We need to build more homes. The Bill will provide some hope and, hopefully, some homes for the many of our constituents who aspire to own a home of their own.