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Prefab plans fail to shine

HOUSE builders have given a lukewarm reception to government plans to donate land to build prefabricated homes.

Housing minister Lord Falconer has revealed plans to build prefabricated housing estates on government-owned land to provide cheap accommodation for key public sector workers.

He said: 'It is comfortable, beautiful housing. I would like to see thousands built in a year.'

But a spokesman for the House Builders Federation said: 'The government has not made provision in the planning green paper to address the problems with the sluggishness of the system. Only then, can we start to overcome the housing shortage.'