There’s a double whammy here for Sajid Javid. I’ve said it before, and so have many smarter people than me; politicians and these days, councils, don’t build houses.
Imposing revised housing numbers on councils, already struggling to see delivery targets met, seems to be no more that an exercise in saying something for the sake of it.
The article already refers to the resistance that is likely to be seen from councils with a combination of high demand and very vocal resistance from their communities. However, what about the inertia in the industry itself, either through the lack of sufficient financial returns, a lack of skilled labour, or a lack of access to funding, for those seeking their first home.
Sajid Javid can juggle with as many spreadsheets and produce as many top down polices as he likes. However, if he doesn’t put any money in to it, it will just be a piece of political posturing and the housing numbers Goliath will ultimately slay this well meaning David.