Sajid Javid dropped a huge hint that councils would get the chance to build again in the Housing White Paper, 24Housing reports.
The hotly anticipated document, which has been delayed numerous times, is going to be “a whole new mindset” according to Javid.
“The white paper will set out serious, lasting, long-term reforms that will boost housing supply immediately and for many years to come," Javid said at a Local Goverment Association event.
“A whole new attitude to house building at all levels – in central government, in the building industry and, yes, in local government too.
“Make no mistake, you will have a huge role to play in the future of house building.”