Don’t forget about housing, Tory leadership hopefuls have been urged

Tory leadership hopefuls have been urged to remember housing as the race for Number 10 hots up.
The current four candidates will be whittled down to two by Wednesday and then it’s up to Tory party members to vote. The new leader will be announced in September.
MPs Rishi Sunak, Kemi Badenoch, Penny Mordaunt and Liz Truss are in the final four.
Since the two leadership debates last week, Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak have hinted they would scrap the government’s target of building 300,000 homes a year. Apart from this, the issue of housing has barely been touched on by the five hopefuls.
There are now calls for whichever candidate wins, to keep the government’s general election manifesto target of 300,000 new homes to be built every year.
Sheldon Bosley Knight’s head of residential sales and marketing, James Morton said: “There needs to be a commitment from whoever gets to Number 10 not to scrap the plan to build more homes. That shouldn’t mean building on green field sites, but it does require some imagination to free up land that could be used and build in the right areas.
“For example, this could include regeneration of redundant office stock or dilapidated urban homes which could be transformed into much-needed housing for first time buyers.
“A good house building programme will also have a positive impact on local and national economic growth and provide jobs as well as provide thousands of people with a home.”