Directly Commissioned House Building The Way Forward
The government’s plans for ‘directly commissioned’ house building could help tackle the housing crisis but land must be broken down into small and micro parcels wherever possible, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “The availability of small sites is the greatest barrier that SME house builders currently face when delivering new homes, which is why the government’s initiative to make public land available to small builders is so welcome. The government clearly recognises that we need to bring smaller house builders back into the market if we have any hope of addressing the housing shortfall. Directly funding developments on publicly owned land, with planning permission already granted, should encourage growth of smaller builders and new entrants into the market.”
Five publicly owned areas of land will be built on this year, including one in the London region. Government has said it will commission up to 13,000 homes in 2016, with 40% of these to be starter homes aimed at first-time buyers.
By directly commissioning homes, the government will assume the responsibility for developing the land, instead of relying on large building firms.
The announcement follows the government's pledge to ensure 400,000 new starter homes are built by 2020, which was made in the November 2015 Spending Review.
The BDA said this investment in building on brownfield sites would help kick-start regeneration and enable planning permission to be secured more quickly, rejuvenating disused or under-occupied urban sites so building work can begin quickly.
Information taken from BMN