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Housing: Urban Areas

Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN HL1188, tabled on 22 June 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they are giving (1) to (a) new, and (b) expanded, towns in England, and (2) to the provision of prefabricated or industrialised dwellings.

Answered on

6 July 2022

This Government is committed to supporting the development of locally-led new and expanded towns and villages through our garden communities programme. In May this year, we announced a package of £15 million to support 43 garden communities from Cornwall to Carlisle. This brings the total support since the launch of the programme from 2014 to over £69.4 million.

New technology and innovation have improved productivity, quality and choice across a range of sectors and the Government wants to see the same happen in housing. In order to achieve the benefits of a modern methods of construction (MMC) sector working at scale, we are stimulating demand through our funding and land programmes.

In the Affordable Housing Programme (2021-26) at least 25% of homes delivered through Strategic Partnerships will use MMC. We have recently launched the £1.5 billion Levelling Up Home Building Fund to support small and medium sized housebuilders, self and custom builders and innovators such as those using MMC. This Fund will provide development finance to deliver 42,000 homes, with the majority of delivery outside London and the South East.