Boris Johnson appoints new housing minister

Stuart Andrew has been named as the new minister of state for housing at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLHC).

This is part of a minor cabinet reshuffled announced yesterday (8th February).

Andrew was previously deputy chief whip, and has been MP for Pudsey, Horsforth and Aireborough since 2010.

Andrew Shepherd, managing director at TopHat, said: “The appointment of Stuart Andrew as housing minister is certainly welcome news for the housebuilding industry. 

“At the top of his agenda will be a number of pressing issues, such as the chronic shortage of housing in the UK, reforms to the planning system and decarbonising homes.

"Under Stuart Andrew, we can expect DLHC and Homes England to remain forward-thinking and innovative in their approaches, with this being vital if the government stands a chance of transforming the housebuilding industry into a more productive, greener industry. 

“The new housing minister must ensure his department continues championing modern methods of construction.”

Russell Pedley, co-founder and director at Assael Architecture, commented: “Without a chapter defined by long-standing ministerial leadership, and with policy like the planning white paper which hasn’t stuck, we must be careful not to fall back to square one with every new rotation of the revolving door. 

“At a time when the government’s approach to building safety, housing affordability, and actioning the levelling-up agenda remain remarkably unclear, confidence that the government has control of the helm will be essential to chart a course through these choppy waters.”

Brian Berry, chief executive at the FMB, stated: “The appointment of Stuart Andrew as the new housing minister comes at a crucial time for the industry. 

"He has a mandate to deliver 300,000 homes, but inherits a declining sector of SME builders to support this. 

"I look forward to working constructively with the new minister to deliver a much-needed boost for small, local housebuilders. 

"This will not only help plug the gap in housing stock, but will also play a vital role in levelling up the country, as who better to enable this than small, community-centric builders.” 

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