Javid makes fresh pledge to introduce 'radical' housebuilding plans

Reports that the communities secretary has made a fresh pledge to introduce a 'radical' set of policy announcements to boost housebuilding feature in today's newspaper round-up.

Speaking yesterday, Javid promised a "radical" set of reforms to boost housebuilding, the Telegraph reports. The paper says that, speaking at a conference in London, Javid said that measures the government had outlined last week, including funding to support smaller developers and encourage innovative building methods, were "short term" and that "a fundamental reshaping of housing policy is needed".

George Osborne has warned Prime Minister Theresa May to get on with expanding Heathrow Airport because the country has "dragged its heels" for decades on the thorny issue of airport expansion, the Telegraph also reports. The paper says that the former chancellor told MPs on the Commons business committee: "If you’re serious about being economically productive, you need to go ahead and build runways."

Osborne has also "claimed that Theresa May is sticking closely to his regional and industrial strategy, insisting his Northern Powerhouse project is on track alongside a ‘revolution’ in the creation of elected regional mayors", the Financial Times reports.

Ministers have repeatedly given more public money to London’s planned Garden Bridge, "despite official advice against doing so, and risk losing more than £20 million if the controversial project is cancelled", the Guardian reports. The paper says that a report from spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO) noted a "pattern of behaviour" in which the Garden Bridge Trust, the charity behind the Thomas Heatherwick-designed project, "repeatedly asked the government for more money when it encountered any challenges, which was then granted".

Germany is "taking steps to curb its booming wind farm sector in what it claims is a necessary move to stop the renewables revolution from undermining its own success", the Guardian also reports. The paper says that according to leaked plans from the German federal network agency, "the government has had to halve its original target for expanding its wind farms in the gale-beaten northern flatlands because it cannot extend its power grid quickly enough to the energy-hungry south".


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