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Will a new Housing Minister mean new thinking?

Following a cabinet reshuffle, the Prime Minister has appointed Stuart Andrew MP as Minister of State for Housing.

Richard Beresford, chief executive of the National Federation of Builders (NFB), said; “The NFB congratulates Stuart Andrew MP on his new role as Housing Minister and as the largest trade federation for SME housebuilders, hope he will come and speak to our members as soon as possible, to understand the regional and planning challenges they face.

He has a tough job on his hands, as we desperately need an engaged housing minister who understands the planning systems impact on levelling up, SME builders and the broader housing crisis.”

The new minister is MP for Pudsey in West Yorkshire and grew up in Anglesey. He has as twice been a councillor as well as parliamentary under-secretary of state for Defence Procurement, and Wales.

Rico Wojtulewicz, head of housing and planning of the House Building Association (HBA), said; “We hope Mr Andrews rural experiences give him the edge in understanding what life for SMEs is like and why they are integral to the growth of regions and levelling up in practice. It is also helpful that he has seen the impact of local politics on the planning process and how procurement works when there are delivery constraints; in our and Homes England’s case, the planning process.

We look forward to meeting with him and giving a flavour of what our industry is going through, as well as discuss the practicable solutions to fix the housing and planning crisis so we can diversify supply, build more homes and deliver sustainable outcomes.”

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