Responding to Michael Gove’s housing speech, Sam Richards, founder and campaign director of pro-growth campaign group Britain Remade, said:
“Confirmation that the government will still look to meet its pledge of build one million new homes before the end of this parliament is welcome news - it is still too hard to build the homes we need across the country to help young people get on the housing ladder.
“When I spoke to businesses in Cambridge recently, I heard time and time again that, despite the city’s obvious strengths, investment is being held up by a lack of lab space and homes for the thousands of new scientists the city needs.
“This is why today’s announcement is so important for Cambridge. Houses need to be built where people want to live, and where there is the greatest economic benefit. Cambridge is competing with other scientific powerhouses from across the globe for investment and talent. Britain can become a global science superpower, but only if planning reforms are delivered that will unleash the building boom our world-leading universities need.”