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Cities "stifled" by lack of housing

A lack of affordable housing could restrict the economic growth of popular UK cities, a report has warned.

Research by think tank the Centre for Cities found that house-building rates in Brighton, Guildford, London, Cambridge and Reading were well below the national average, coming in at 55 per cent, 29 per cent, 21 per cent, 16 per cent and 5per cent lower respectively.

The group said councils were not offering up enough land for new development and called on the Government to provide authorities with incentives to do so.

The repaort says: “The Government’s house building targets and regional planning has had only limited success.

“Councils in cities with strong economies need real rewards to bring forward land to build more houses where people want to live.”

Organisation officials also called on the Government to scrap a target of having 60 per cent of homes built on brownfield sites, arguing that councils should take responsibility for such issues.

A Communities and Local Government Department spokesman said: “The Government is also supporting housing supply by ensuring local authorities have clear five-year land supply plans.”