UK Housing minister Grant Shapps has said that the Government needs to build more than 200,000 homes a year.

Speaking on the Radio 4 Today programme, Mr Shapps said that building more homes is the only way to prevent further rises in rents and meet housing need.

He outlined the Government’s three-pronged approach to stimulate house building, including reviving Right to Buy, releasing Government land on a ‘build now and pay later’ basis, and reforming the planning system.

The Housing Minister said: “We think there has to be a couple of hundred thousand new homes created each year – something in that kind of order. Overall, you have to get all things working in tandem – there is not one single thing you can do to solve a housing crisis that has been building up over years and years.”

Shapps said more details will be released next month when the Government publishes its housing strategy.

Separately, speaking at the Housing Market Intelligence Conference, Mr Shapps’ parliamentary private secretary Jake Berry said that the Government’s house-building plans would be scuppered if it was forced to pull the plug on its controversial planning reforms, stating that “To get the economy moving, Britain must get building”.

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