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RIBA calls for annual housebuilding target to jump 50 per cent

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The RIBA is planning an attack on government housing targets by calling for at least 50 per cent more homes to be built every year.

According to RIBA president Jack Pringle, the current industry target of 200,000 new houses a year is failing to meet demand and he is urging that figure to be significantly increased - ideally to nearer 300,000.

The revelation, made at RIBA council last week in Leeds, is understood to be an integral part of the institute's new housing policy, which will be officially unveiled later this week.

Pringle, who spoke candidly about the RIBA's need to enhance its campaigning role, also revealed that the institute was setting up a specialist housing committee to address the 'extreme importance' of the issue.

At the same meeting the president mooted the possibility of setting up a branch of the RIBA in Dubai.

At the moment there is no representative society or institute for architects working in the emirate.

Pringle said the RIBA was in talks with a 'major player' to set up a Dubai RIBA chapter 'open to all other institutes'.

by Richard Waite

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