NFB Calls on Government to Step up House Building Proposals

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NFB Calls on Government to Step up House Building Proposals

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) has renewed its call to the Government to ensure local authorities don’t duck their house building responsibilities.

The organisation has repeatedly pointed out that the UK needs to build at least 300,000 homes each year to start addressing its housing shortage, as well as highlighting the key role of local authorities in enabling housing supply and ensuring affordability.

The Daily Mail recently reported an anonymous government official saying they were willing to increase the annual house building target up to the NFB’s level, as well as identifying any local authorities adopting a ‘not-in-my-back-yard’ approach.

The NFB says small and medium-sized house builders, including several NFB members, would very much welcome these moves - because these companies normally build on small sites, more quickly than volume developers, and are more negatively affected by planning delays and poorly-conceived local plans.

The NFB has experienced good co-operation from the Government on different methods to tackle the housing crisis, which was reflected in the Housing White Paper’s proposal to split up large building sites.

Rico Wojtulewicz, policy advisor for the NFB, commented: “Comments reportedly made by the unnamed official in the Daily Mail echo the ambitions of the Housing White Paper, which expect councils to meet their local targets or face a top-down planning imposition from the Secretary of State.

“Recent announcements on infrastructure funding were extremely welcomed by the industry but, without the final version of the Housing White Paper, supply will still only be enabled under a broken system.”

The NFB is now calling on the Government to publish the final version of the Housing White Paper and implement its measures at the earliest possible opportunity.

A spokesman added: “While there is much work to do, the Housing White Paper will not just help identify under-performing councils in need of assistance, but reveal the most and least efficient parts of our planning system and help increase the building of new homes.”

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