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Corbyn pledges one million homes to be built

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to build a million homes if Labour come into power.

Mr Corbyn said at least half of these would be council houses.

It comes as the party released research revealing Labour-run councils have built an average of 900 more homes between 2010 and 2016 than its Conservative counterparts.

Mr Corbyn said: “Labour councils build more homes than Conservative ones.

“The next Labour government will build one million homes, at least half of them council homes, so that we build a Britain for the many not the few.”

The House Builders Association (HBA) welcomed the Labour leader’s pledge but warned that the party has thus far failed to address the need for planning reform.

HBA policy advisor Rico Wojtulewicz said: “We don’t only need to build many more new homes; we have to build the right types of homes.

“We would certainly support councils building more homes, but the underlying problem is that we cannot hope to meaningfully increase the number of new homes until we have reformed the planning process.”

This week, communities secretary Sajid Javid threw out six planning appeals accounting for more than 700 homes in the run-up to pre-election purdah.

Mr Javid threw out appeals, which included provision for 725 homes, and approved an 80-home scheme on Friday prior to the midnight pre-election purdah restrictions.

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