Head of London Buying, Ashley Wilsdon reacts to the new housing secretary announcement

22nd September 2022

Following his appointment, Clarke tweeted: “Delivering on Levelling Up for communities in all parts of our country, unlocking the homes we need and supporting the economic growth that is so central to @trussliz’s Government is our mission – will give it my all.

“This is a Department that I know really well, and which I am so looking forward to returning to – the commitment and expertise of officials there on themes as diverse as homelessness, building safety and devolution is second to none.”

Poperty heads have reacted to the news with a list of demands they hope the new minister will address. Marlon Lloyd Malcolm, Head of Sales at Lurot Brand, comments: "The planning process continues to be archaic – to secure planning permission takes a lot of time, effort and red-tape. If the government really wants to fulfil its housing quota, address the lack of housing supply, meet national demand and maintain its levelling up manifesto, then streamlining the process should be a priority.”

Head of London Buying, Ashley Wilsdon hopes first time buyers will receive more support: "The government should seek consultation from our industry. We need more help for first-time buyers, specifically in high-value areas such as London. The financial surcharges imposed on international buyer and second home buyers need to be rethought.”

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