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Britain too dependent on large housing developers, says minister

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Staff Writer | February 6, 2017
Britain's housing market is too dependent on large homebuilders, housing minister Gavin Barwell said.
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He was speaking ahead of the launch of the government's latest attempt to fix a chronic shortage of new homes.

The government has previously said it wanted to build a million homes between 2015 and 2020 but, even with plans to incentivise developers and build 17 new towns and villages, it is behind schedule.

It will publish details of a new strategy, billed as a major shake-up of the planning and construction system, on Tuesday.

"We desperately need more homes and we’re too dependent at the moment on a small number of large developers and we need to look at all the things that we can do to get more people involved in building new housing," Barwell told the BBC.