Julie James has reaffirmed the Welsh government’s commitment to creating mixed-tenure housing developments in Wales.
Speaking at TAI 2021 – the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference in Wales – the former Housing minister said the priority for this government in terms of housing is to deliver “genuinely” mixed-tenure homes.
James, now minister for Climate Change, said: “Let me be absolutely clear – the Welsh government’s 20,000 new-homes target is not about market housing.”
She added: “We definitely don’t want mono-tenure developments because we know they don’t work and people don’t like them.”
James’ comments follow the recent announcement the Welsh government will build 20,000 new low-carbon homes for social rent before the end of the current Senedd term.
During the last Senedd term, which ended in May, James’ Labour government delivered on its 20,000-home affordable housing target ahead of schedule.
However, she said this time the 20,000-home target is more ambitious due to the stipulations attached to it.
Speaking later in the day, Ian Williams – deputy director of Housing and Regeneration for the Welsh government – reiterated James’ stance on mixed-tenure developments.
He said: “The simple fact is we need more homes for social rent…but we do not want mono-tenure ‘council estates’.”
Commenting on the 20,000-home target, he said delivering 4,000 new homes annually for the next five years required a “step change”.
Williams added that the Welsh government would most likely count completions, not starts, to assess its progress on delivering those homes.
Main image: Julie James, minister for Climate Change, Welsh government
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