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RIBA welcomes Public Land Initiative

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) welcomed today’s announcement on the Public Land Initiative by Housing Minister John Healey, which will see the release of Government-owned land for the development of new homes.

Responding to the announcement, RIBA President Ruth Reed said: “This is a very welcome step in the right direction. A lack of competition in the housebuilding industry has led to poor quality new-build homes, and today’s announcement should make it easier for smaller developers to gain access to land. If this approach was adopted for all public sector land, it could help bring new players into the market, and force the major housebuilders to raise their game.

“The RIBA has consistently campaigned against poor quality homes being built in England, and given the recent problems with the Kickstart programme, we hope that the release of public land will be dependent on high design standards for the new housing developments.”

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