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Housebuilders have been thrown a challenge - build more homes ...
Housebuilders have been thrown a challenge - build more homes

suitable for single people.

Housing and planning minister Nick Raynsford told the Local

Government Association Conference on Town Centres:

'Seven out of 10 new households forming over the next 20 years are

likely to be single person households. Many will only be too pleased

to live in town centre locations, close to shops and entertainment as

much as transport links, providing we ensure that suitable and

affordable housing is made available.

'Yet, typically, new homes, especially in the South East, are

expensive executive homes for families.

'Most of these youngsters, divorcees and elderly people will not want

or be able to afford big executive homes. Some, of course, will want

a traditional home with a garden but many will not, including the

elderly who make up a significant proportion of single person


'The challenge to housebuilders is to build more homes suitable for

single people. We need to ensure there is a mix of housing, not just

executive homes, but a high proportion of well designed affordable

homes to rent and buy for single people, key workers like nurses, low

income families and older people'.

While 30 years ago one person households formed 18 per cent of

households, by 2011 this is expected to almost double to 33 per cent.

At present more than a quarter of households in England are one

person households.

A press release from the Conservative party follows:

Rise In 'Singletons' Undermines Labour's Plans For Concreting Over The


Responding to Nick Raynsford's comments at the Local Government Association Conference on Town Centres that seven out of ten households forming over the next 20 years will be single person households, Archie Norman, shadow secretary of state for environment, transport and the regions, said:

'This latest admission pulls the rug under Labour's targets for new housing developments. Labour wants to concrete over the countryside with new executive homes across greenfield land.

'Yet Labour have been forced to admit that the demand for new housing will come from single person households. Single people, both young and old, will not want to live in these new suburban towns, devoid of transport links.

'Labour are building houses in the wrong place, for the wrong people. Rather than regenerating our town centres, Labour's housing targets will result in new towns being built rather than our existing towns being revived. Labour's housing targets are bad for the countryside and bad for urban regeneration.'

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