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In Full: Boris Johnson on housing in Build, Build, Build speech

Boris Johnson has today set out measures to get the country building again post Covid-19, with "most radical reforms to planning since WW2".

Here are all the bits on housing in the speech in full. 


"It is this infrastructure revolution that will allow us to end that other chronic failure of the British state, decade after decade in which we have failed to build enough homes. 

"We will build fantastic new homes on brownfield sites and other areas that with better transport and other infrastructure could frankly be suitable and right for development and address that intergenerational injustice and help young people get on the housing ladder in the way that their parents and grandparents could and it is to galvanise this whole process that this government will shortly bring forward the most radical reforms of our planning system since the end of the second world war.

"Yes, we will insist on beautiful and low carbon homes."

He went onto say: "That is what the times demand, a government that is powerful and determined and that puts its arms around people at a time of crisis, that tackles homelessness and the inequalities that drive people to food banks."

Back to housing, he added: "Why are we so slow at building homes by comparison with other European countries?

"In 2018 we built 2.25 homes per 1000 people. Germany managed 3.6, the Netherlands 3.8, France 6.8.

"I tell you why - because time is money, and the newt-counting delays in our system are a massive drag on the productivity and the prosperity of this country and so we will build better and build greener but we will also build faster and that is why the Chancellor and I have set up Project Speed to scythe through red tape and get things done."