May hosts housing summit

Prime Minister Theresa May has met with representatives of the housing industry in Downing Street to discuss how to kickstart housebuilding across the country.

Alongside communities secretary Sajid Javid and housing minister Alok Sharma, May hosted the event as she outlined plans to increase housing supply and urged developers, local authorities and housing associations to “play their part”.

Among the attendees were representatives from developers and investors such as L&Q, Barratt, Laing O'Rourke and Legal & General. Others included Local Government Association chair Lord Porter, David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation, and Home builders Federation deputy chair, Peter Andrew.

“Those in attendance also had an opportunity to set out their ideas and commitments, as well as the actions needed to remove the barriers they were facing in building new homes,” a Downing Street spokesperson said.

“It was a positive and collaborative meeting which needs to signal a step change in house building if we are to build a country that truly works for everyone.”