Sajid Javid dropped a huge hint that councils would get the chance to build again in the Housing White Paper.
The hotly anticipated document, which has been delayed numerous times, is going to be “a whole new mindset” according to Javid.
Speaking at a Local Government Association event, he said: “It wouldn’t be right for me to reveal everything that’s in the white paper before it’s published.
“But I will say this much, I’m not going to be tinkering around the edges.
“The white paper will set out serious, lasting, long-term reforms that will boost housing supply immediately and for many years to come.
“This white paper isn’t just about changing guidelines or passing legislation or cutting red tape. It’s about a whole new mind set.
“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.”