Labour leader Ed Miliband has launched a blistering attack on housebuilders and “stuck in the mud” councils as he bids to build more homes.
Labour has today launched its Housing Commission review led by Sir Michael Lyons, who will examine how local authorities can grow towns, force developers to build or sell land and build new towns.
On a visit to Stevenage today, Miliband blasted the local council for restricting building and took aim at homebuilders for hoarding land.
Miliband said profits at homebuilders had “gone through the roof” since 2010, rising 557 per cent as homebuilding has stalled.
He said builders are hoarding land where up to one million new homes can be built so he will give councils the power to charge fees for unused land or, if necessary confiscate land.
He said: “I want to send a clear message today: we will tackle those councils that block homes, those developers that hoard land and this Government that fails to act on the worst housing shortages for a generation.
“We will stand up for home builders and first-time buyers, and take on those who stand in the way of working people and their children having the decent homes they deserve.”
In an interview with Money Marketing last month, Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds set out Labour’s housebuilding plans including the prospect of building towns on the green belt.