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Shortly after the exit polls were announced, the housing sector looked intriguingly at Croydon Central.

The seat was that of former housing minister Gavin Barwell, who was a fairly popular minister by the end of his time.

Nicholas Harris, Chief Executive, Stonewater: “It’s a  result that creates uncertainty, however, both Labour and Conservative parties share an ambitious commitment to tackling the nation’s affordable housing crisis and we hope they will work together to keep housing at the top of the Government’s agenda.

“We look forward to working with the new Government at all levels to help shape the detail of housing policy so we can build the decent, affordable homes that are so badly needed.”

Bjorn Howard, group CEO of Aster Group, said: “What’s needed now is consistency rather than upheaval.

“A government must be formed as quickly as possible so that we can continue to build on the progress made in recent years in supporting the housing and housebuilding sectors. It was a good sign for the sector that all major parties recognised the need for a focus on housing in their manifestos.

“Whatever the outcome, developers, housing associations and the government must acknowledge the importance of partnership working.

“Encouraging the sector to work more closely together is crucial to finding the solutions needed to alleviate the crisis right across the UK, not just in the big cities.”

Multiple sources – June 2017
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