Communities Secretary Sajid Javid recently visited the Netherlands and Germany in order to research European housing models and learn how they could be used in the UK.
In the Netherlands, Javid visited Almere – Europe’s largest self- and custom-build city. Talking to a local news channel, he said:
“It is great to see a project where you have got so many people with self-build properties. The creativity is really exciting to see and I think it is something that we can learn from.”
“We have a significant housing challenge in the UK and I think it makes sense to look at what other countries are doing.”
“In the rest of Europe we do see a lot more self-build, a lot more custom-build and what you call factory building and that kind of diversity is important.”
The Communities Secretary visited Potsdam on the outskirts of Berlin where he toured modern, prefabricated housing – which is a technique that is beginning to grow in popularity in the UK.
In an interview with Sky News Javid commented:
“These are made-to-measure, ready-to-go modern stylish homes, and if Germany can do it and other countries can do it I think they can play an important part in what we can deliver in UK. It can really make a difference, especially in terms of speed.”