FMB welcomes housing review from the Labour Party as making a realistic prospect for sustainable building targets
The Federation Master Builders (FMB) has come out in favour of the Labour Party’s Lyons Housing Review.
It believes it provides a ‘long overdue blueprint’ for increasing the capacity and output of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) house builders to help build what the Federation claims is the much needed 200,000 new homes a year.
The FMB states that the review is the most comprehensive review of housing delivery seen in recent years. “Given the extent of the housing shortage we face, the target of 200,000 new homes per year is ambitious, but it is a necessary ambition,” argued Brian Berry, Chief Executive, FMB. “To achieve this aim we will need to significantly boost the capacity of the house building industry and Sir Michael Lyons has rightly identified the SME house building sector as a crucial part of the housing sector’s capacity. It is very pleasing to see that Lyons has recognised the barriers that small house builders face, which prevent them from building the homes we need, such as access to finance and a shortage of small sites, and has put forward a package of measures to address them.”
Berry also noted that as well as endorsing the Help to Build loan guarantee initiative, which Labour was already in the process of developing, the report has made the ‘groundbreaking’ recommendation of a return to a simpler, ‘redline’ system for outline planning applications for smaller sites. “The focus across the whole of the report of pushing more land into the system is also extremely welcome and Lyons rightly highlights the need for a focus within this on the identification of smaller sites and packaging opportunities for SMEs as part of larger developments,” concluded Berry.
Caption Sir Michael Lyons and his housing review have got the thumbs up from the FMB.