Having contributed to the Montague report, published last month, Thames Valley Housing today welcomed the DCLG’s Housing & Growth strategy announcement.
Responding to the announcement, TVH Chief Executive, Geeta Nanda, said: “As an industry it is vital we all play our part in creating the conditions that will increase housing supply and we are particularly well placed to play a full role in this.
The announcement of plans to increase investment in the private rented sector is a highly positive step. With the recent launch of our pioneering FizzyLiving we are leveraging our core expertise as landlords to deliver homes for private rent and are ready to respond to the government’s plans. Through FizzyLiving we provide a one stop shop for private sector rental, delivering quality homes and providing the stability and good management that our customers demand. We also welcome the measures announced to lower borrowing costs for providers. We hope when the detail is announced the process will be both quick and simple.
We are ready to respond to the call for increased investment in new affordable homes. We are experts in this field and experienced in buying land and delivering quality homes through our many strong partnerships. We hope the new measures around guarantees to cover borrowing will be programme based so we have the flexibility and freedom to use our expertise to supply much needed new homes.
Getting surplus public sector land back into use is another excellent measure which we fully support. This is an area which needs to be streamlined and focused on increasing housing supply quickly, cutting through red tape and speeding up decision making.
Overall the government’s guarantees for both affordable Housing and the private rented sector are an important step which will encourage further investment and should help to increase supply. We fully welcome this announcement, look forward to seeing further detail and hope to play a full part in delivering more homes working with local authorities and our other partners.”