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The Construction News Housing Debate

Find out what industry leaders think of the key issues facing the housing industry. Click here for the video of the round table debate.

" I get more letters of complaint about housing than I did about the Iraq War"

Nick Raynsford MP, chair of All-Party Urban Development Group researching housing

"Many local authortities have different agendas to the Government"

Roger Lewis, former chair of the Berkeley Group

"It's not about the planning system, it's about engagement"

Steve Douglas, acting chief executive, Housing Corporation

"By planning housing with shops or offices true sustainability may be realised"

Michael Kissman, head of corporate affairs, Tesco

"The cost of brownfield sites can affect the viability of them being redevloped"

Peter Andrew, land and planning director, Taylor Wimpey

"The eco-towns will cost several billion pounds to achieve Code 5"

John Stewart, director of economic affairs, House Builders’ Federation

"Often local authorities are keen to engage but can't resource it"

Ross Brodie, group land and planning director, Gladedale

"I believe we need stakeholders discussing at high level what the solutions are"

Malcolm Harris, chief executive, Bovis Homes Group

"I'm very sceptical we can achieve 240,00-250,000 houses a year over the next 13 years"

David Bryant, group development director, Persimmon