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Research urges government to build 75,000 modular homes a year

Words: The Planner
Modular construction

The government should set a target of building 75,000 modular homes a year to create jobs and tackle climate change, according to latest research.

The report, co-authored by HTA Design partner Mike De’Ath and Cast Consultancy chief executive Mark Farmer, who is also the government’s champion for modern methods of construction, says the concept has struggled to become mainstream within the current planning system. But the proposed digitisation, pattern book and design code agendas set out in the planning white paper will give high-quality modular construction its chance to become an increasingly viable and mainstream form of construction, it claims.

The move would create 50,000 jobs, reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent and help deliver the government’s “levelling up” agenda, says. It says the government should place modular homes at the heart of policy and the “build build build” agenda with co-ordination between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Treasury and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to use this activity as a primary lever for levelling up the UK.

“New modular homes outperform traditional new homes in nearly every area, not least the quality of build and speed possible through innovation,” said De’Ath.

“Our ambition for 75,000 new, beautifully designed, modular homes is realistic and achievable, so our ask of government therefore is simple: help us stimulate and then galvanise the demand for modular homebuilding. With this help, a sustained long-term pipeline can underpin investment in manufacturing to deliver the quality homes we need while creating the jobs we want.”

The report can be found here on the HTA website.