Government threatens compulsory purchase powers in bid to tackle housing crisis

Housing secretary Sajid Javid has said he will take action against housing developers who sit on land in a bid to increase the housing stock.

The most recent figures suggest that housing developers are sitting on almost a million unused housing plots.

Speaking to the Times newspaper, he said there had been “some hoarding of land” by developers and Government would make better use of compulsory purchase powers.

It is believed that new Government proposals could see developers lose planning permission on unused land should they fail to meet housing targets on time.

The housing secretary also takes a less than affectionate view on ‘Nimbys’ – otherwise known as ‘not in my back yard’ objectors.

“We’ve got a housing crisis. We’ve got no time for anyone who is just anti-development for the sake of it,” Mr Javid said.

“If you are nimby, the Government is not going to be your friend. We are on the side of people who want more homes.”

The Government has set an optimistic target of 300,000 new homes a year, but with just 183,000 homes build in England last year, it is likely that the state will take greater action than it is currently.

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