Homes and Communities Agency sets out housing plans

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) plans to complete more than 9,500 market sale homes as part of its targets for 2014/15.

More than 5,500 of these will be delivered through the government’s Get Britain Building programme, devised for schemes that have stalled due to a lack of finance. In 2013/14, the HCA delivered 6,818 market homes, with 2,839 under Get Britain Building.

These targets are part of the HCA’s Corporate Plan covering 2014 to 2018. It said that under this it would continue to increase private sector housing starts ‘through market interventions’.

The agency anticipates the sale of around 29,000 homes through Help to Buy over the 2014/15 period. It also intends to release HCA land to provide more than 6,000 new homes, although it did not confirm if this was aimed at supporting the government’s Help to Build programme.

HCA’s chief executive Andy Rose said:

“We continue to adapt our approach to reflect the programmes government is asking us to deliver, ensuring an efficient transition from one delivery period to the next.

“However, while our approach may be changing, the outcomes we are seeking remain the same; to meet local priorities and create successful communities with homes and jobs.”

By David Mote, Editor