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16/05/2016

Builders and government outline shared ambition

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Home Builders Federation (HBF) has published a statement of intent that outlines an ambition to deliver further increases in housing supply.

The HBF said the statement demonstrates house builders’ commitment to work closely with government to build on the “big increases in supply of recent years to deliver the government’s target of building one million homes in this Parliament”.

The federation and the government have been in discussions for “a number of months” to make sure that output continued to rise.

The industry has promised to invest in more training while the government has included measures in the Housing and Planning Act that aim to “respond to barrier in growth”, added the HBF. 

Additionally, the HBF is set to develop a land exchange so that large builders can sell sites or part of sites to smaller builders.

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the HBF, said that over the past two years the industry has responded to policies introduced by the government and has “delivered huge increases in output”.

Moving forward, Baseley said the industry is committed to going further, provided that the “political, economic and policy conditions are conducive” to the delivery of increases in supply.

“House builders are investing in their supply chains and have taken on tens of thousands of new workers to ensure there is the capacity and skills to deliver more high-quality homes. Working with government, and others, we want to ensure that the investment environment remains attractive and that the right measures are in place to support the delivery of the homes the country needs."

Brandon Lewis, housing and planning minister, welcomed the statement of intent, saying it shows house builders are committed to continuing the “growth in supply we have seen under our administration”.

“I’ll continue working with the HBF and house builders to see rates of building increase further and look forward to seeing the results of their review of larger sites.”

Discussions are set to continue in the coming months between the HBF and government to “identify further ways of increasing delivery from existing sites and bringing forward more sites, particularly for smaller builders”.

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