The terms of reference require the reviewer, by the time of the Budget in the Autumn, to “explain the significant gap between housing completions and the amount of land allocated or permissioned in areas of high housing demand, and make recommendations for closing it”.

The report for the government says the slow pace of housing construction is partly the fault of developers limiting the number of new homes to maximise profits. Greater variety could lead to homes being built faster as the potential market would increase.

See the full report here: Independent review of Build Out