MPs question homes policy

MPs fear that section 106 is failing to revive the housing market, according to a leading member of an all-party group on homelessness.

Speaking at a Labour Party conference fringe event in Brighton, Edmonton MP Andy Love said he is concerned about how much affordable housing is being provided and many parliamentary colleagues agreed.

The group's vice-chair highlighted the issue at the event on planning for the upturn led by the Smith Institute. "I am worried that section 106 is not tackling the issue. Milton Keynes has shown that a levy could work but how do we apply this to the more difficult parts."

The 100,000 homes to be built this year fall short of the government target of 240,000 homes, said Love. "We are not tackling the demographics," he added.

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