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House-builders lobby for streamlined planning

10 Mar 15 The Home Builders Federation (HBF) has lobbied the chancellor to use his budget next week to help small house-builders and speed the planning system.

HBF has called on government to do more to accelerate delivery of homes stuck in the planning system and allow house-builders to build more quickly, so that the industry can build on the significant increases in supply seen in recent months.

In its submission, HBF asks the chancellor to focus on:

  • driving further improvements to the end-to-end planning process
  • ensuring that planning authorities are equipped to deal with increased demand
  • securing a long-term supply of land that can be built out more quickly and is accessible for local and regional house builders.

HBF executive chairman Stewart Baseley said: "Recent months have seen a significant increase in house-building activity. However we are still way short of building the number of homes the country needs and developers are frustrated by the delays preventing a faster increase in output.

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“If we are to increase supply government needs to work with the industry to develop policies that will allow house-builders large and small to deliver.  We need a streamlining of the planning system such that it delivers enough land in the right places more quickly.

“The private sector house-building industry will be build the majority of the homes of tomorrow and it must be encouraged and assisted by policies that create a climate within which it can grow.

“House-building doesn’t just provide homes and new communities, it also brings unrivalled economic and social benefits in local areas and beyond. Solving the housing crisis won’t just help those in need of a home, it will also boost the national economy and create tens of thousands of new jobs.”

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