Magazine article Public Finance

Cooper Calls for Consensus over Need for More House Building

Magazine article Public Finance

Cooper Calls for Consensus over Need for More House Building

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Social landlords must help to build a national consensus over the need for more house building by raising environmental standards on new estates, housing minister Yvette Cooper said this week.

Speaking at the National Housing Federation's annual conference in Birmingham on September 19, Cooper told housing association chiefs that there was still 'immense hostility' to development in some areas, although there were fewer voices opposing extra homes than in the past. At the same time, some local authorities were 'burying their heads in the sand', rather than providing further land for development.

Urging registered social landlords to sign up to the government's 2016 zero carbon commitment, under which all new homes must be carbon neutral within ten years, Cooper said cuts in carbon emissions to make new homes more environmentally friendly would be the key to winning over doubters.

'It's only by building a national consensus for the need for new housing that we can make changes to communities,' she told delegates. …

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