Construction Industry Supports The Government Initiative

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The UK government wants to maximize the capacity of the construction industry.

Much has been made of the unpublished planning bill, but the government has indicated a direction of travel with the technical document “Planning for the future.”

Richard Beresford, executive chairman of the National Federation of Builders (NFB), said: “The current system allows the biggest builders to win most of the work, and the Government has been done with the use of reform planning to try and solve the housing crisis and allow more players to build. In turn, this will also help their leveling plan, specifically in construction, since SMEs train 7 out of 10 construction apprentices and they account for 90% of the training capacity.”

Some have incorrectly called the planning reform a ‘developers letter,’ and those who have not read the consultation correctly are not helping shape future reforms.

The Government proposes more local consultation and simplifies the way it is produced. Then you’re using that guidance to allow for greater certainty in the planning system so that developers of all sizes and types, from home and private builders to housing associations and city councils, can build homes without waiting up to a decade to start.

“The construction industry strongly supports the UK government.”

Rico Wojtulewicz, Head of Housing and Policy Planning at the House Builders Association (HBA), the Federation’s housing construction division, said: “We have worked long and hard to get the Government to understand that employment locally and SME retention are part of the leveling agenda and key component to solving the housing crisis. Planning reform is desperately needed and offers a great opportunity for change. We need opposition parties and conservative back Judicature to come together and shape the future of planning, not to oppose it even before it is published.”

He added: “The HBA Response to Planning for the Future Whitepaper is available for download on our website and seeks to build on the Government’s reform starting point. We urge those who want to solve the housing crisis to read it and consider how to reform planning can allow for better development, not simply repressing reform for party political purposes.”


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