THEe Government must do more to help encourage the development of small sites to help tackle the housing problem.
That’s the view of the Federation of Master Builders in response to the latest housing announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
FMB chief executive Brian Berry said: “While the Deputy Prime Minister’s support for major housing projects is very welcome, they take time to bring forward.
“If the Government wants quick results it needs to provide more immediate assistance to the large number of dormant SME house builders who could mobilise quickly to deliver housing jobs and growth on much shorter timescales.”
He said: “The last time we built over 200,000 homes in England was in the late 1980s when SME house builders delivered over two-thirds of our housing.
“Since then, the number of smaller house builders has declined by 69% and they now deliver only around a third of our housing.”
Mr Berry said: “It is very difficult for Government to directly support projects on small sites, but it could be doing more to help speed up its deregulatory agenda to help reduce the burden on house builders.
“It must start by making a commitment not to impose any new burdens on the house building sector, as well as committing to addressing the excessive requirements for information and contributions demanded by the planning system.
“Above all, the Government must ensure that schemes such as Funding for Lending and the new £225m fund for stalled projects will make finance available to SME developers.”