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Difficult times

The proposals include selective Green Belt release for major growth of housing.

Get onboard

There are things we have to do but developers aren't off the hook - they have to bring things to the table.

Build carefully

Local councils have waiting lists of tens of thousands looking for somewhere to live. But we have to build carefully.

That can be exciting

If you’re going to hit net zero by 2030 you’ve got to do it now. It’s eye-watering.

Be realistic

How do you build in a way that's fair and equitable, so you can have social housing and private tenants living side by side?

Grown up government

Most councils are fine the way they do investment. Most of us have very balanced portfolios.

Scope and ambition

We have to find compromise. We have to find a way of living together in a harmonious society in which some of us are going to disagree on some things, sometimes.

Don’t bring me problems

The planning reform bill should do something about the five-year supply conundrum.

What is your legacy?

I'm not against entrepreneurial spirit and I'm not against profit but I am against inequality.

We don’t do gimmicks

It's been a really good development but they've got more to go.