Local Housing Need

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:34 pm on 14th September 2017.

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Photo of Sajid Javid Sajid Javid The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 12:34 pm, 14th September 2017

I share my hon. Friend’s concern. She is right to emphasise the need for the right infrastructure, and more infrastructure, if we are to have more homes. That is one of the reasons why we launched the £2.3 billion housing infrastructure fund earlier this year. I encourage my hon. Friend’s council and others to apply to the fund, if they have not already done so.

The statement of common ground to which I have referred requires co-operation at the start of the process because much of the infrastructure, especially the major infrastructure, is naturally shared between local authorities. I think that that will also help to meet some of my hon. Friend’s concerns.