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Localism Bill published amid warnings from housebuilders

Housebuilders have warned the government it must help convince communities to embrace plans for more homes if the Localism Bill, published today, is to be effective.

A survey today found that while more than 80 per cent of people believed the UK needed more homes built, only half would welcome them in their neighbourhood.

The Localism Bill outlines guidance for housebuilders and local authorities on a revamped planning system.

But the Home Builders Federation said the survey, carried out by YouGov for the New Homes Marketing Board, showed the scale of opposition to new development

It said the number of people welcoming housebuilding in their community was lower than in a similar poll in 2007, when 58 per cent of people said they wanted more homes built.

HBF executive chairman Stewart Baseley said:  “The localism proposals provide a real chance for people to develop their communities for the better and house builders will work with them to build the homes communities and families want.

“More homes will mean more money for local facilities and services and will enable young people to live in the communities where they grew up. The government and local councils need to join us in educating communities of the severity of the housing crisis and the benefits of new homes.”

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