If the Government is to achieve anything outside of Brexit then it has to be building more houses. The Government has set itself a clear and unambiguous target for new homes and failing to meet it would cause harm across generations.
The Housing White Paper needs to be one of the most radical set of proposals seen by this or any other government. Housing has been passed from government to government to deal with and Mrs May has been left unwrapping the final sheet of paper.
The Conservatives have to move from being Mrs Thatcher’s party of home ownership to Mrs May’s party of home building.
If Brexit does not go quite as well as hoped that Mrs May will need achievements to point to in other policy areas come 2020. Chief amongst these will be housing. Can the measures in the White Paper deliver where so many others have failed? It needs to if Mrs May is to be successful in 2020.
Ancient woodland will be given legal protection in the housing white paper tomorrow as the Government vows to protect the Green Belt despite tough new targets for housebuilding.