Javid urges joined-up council building

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has called on local authorities to develop a more coherent approach to infrastructure building that will help deliver new homes.

Speaking at the County Councils Network conference, Javid said: “The future – not to mention the present – is all about joined-up thinking, working together strategically to get things done.”

Using housing as his example of this, Javid said that while most counties are not planning authorities, they do have responsibilities for schools, roads, and “creating an environment in which homes can be built, in which communities can be created”.

Providing a more joined-up approach to housebuilding and wider infrastructure investment is becoming an increasingly important theme for both local and central government.

It has formed the basis of a number of projects that are looking at land value capture to help fund those schemes.

Javid also indicated that he wants to see more work on housing between public authorities and private housebuilders.

“The only way we will build the homes this country needs is if we all roll up our sleeves and do our bit,” he said.