The Federation of Master Builders has responded to the appointment of the new Housing and Planning Minister, Alok Sharma, by calling on him to implement the many strong proposals in the Government’s Housing White Paper.
Alok Sharma replaces Gavin Barwell, who was one of the Tory MPs who lost their seat in last week’s General Election.
Mr Sharma was born in India and has represented the Reading West constituency since 2010.
The Housing White paper was unveiled by the government back in February. with a raft of new proposals designed to tackle the shortage of new homes being built.
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, welcomed the appointment and warned of the size of the job facing the new Minister.
He said: “He assumes the role at a critical juncture for the delivery of the Government’s ambitious target to build 1.5 million homes between 2015 and 2022. Vital to this will be ensuring that the recommendations within the 2017 Housing White Paper, that aim to diversify the supply of new homes and revitalise the SME house building sector, are delivered in full.
“The previous Housing Minister Gavin Barwell deserves credit for his work in pushing forward a wide range of reforms, including those designed to tackle some of the barriers to growth faced by smaller scale builders, and we hope that Sharma can build on this legacy.
“That the Conservative Party’s manifesto opened up the possibility of local authorities taking a more active role in house building suggests that the Government was still open to new and radical approaches to solving the housing crisis. It would be a shame if such radicalism was now dropped in light of a hung Parliament. We look forward to working closely with the new Minister, whose experience in the Treasury should hold him in excellent stead for the challenges ahead.”