The Government has decided to start building houses. 

In a pilot project, to be launched today, the Government will commission up to 13,000 new homes on its own land. Up to 40% of which will be affordable or "starter" homes.

The project is designed to support smaller house-builders; so it is likely that local development firms will be best placed to win contracts to build the homes, once planning permission has been obtained.  

The sites selected for the new 'pilot' scheme are as follows:

  • Connaught Barracks in Dover
  • Northstowe in Cambridgeshire

  • Lower Graylingwell in Chichester
  • Daedelus on Waterfront in Gosport

  • Old Oak Common in north west London