Building affordable homes in the UK, is it possible?

Wednesday 29 April 2015  / Ruth Montia

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Over two thirds of the UK’s builders believe majority of the targets set by the current government and are simply unable to be delivered in the time frame set. Britain’s politicians, who are using the house-building targets as policy intentions in the general election, will disappoint their supporters if the targets aren’t met.

Estate agency, Knight Frank conducted a survey that indicates to deliver more than 180,000 new homes a year is unachievable according to 67% of builders that this will apply to in the UK. Only 9% say it is possible to build more than 200,000 residential properties a year, this is even if there may be an increase in the total housing starts and completions.

Labour, the Liberal Democrats and UKIP have all assured to build at least 200,000 new homes a year or more if possible, recognising the need to address the lack of affordable housing across the UK. he Conservatives are the only party that have not publically stated an official target of nationwide housebuilding.