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Government Announces Review Too Cut Red Tape For Home Builders



These are extracts from an article we found in the PROPERTYWire that we thought you might be interested in.


House builders in the UK are to have their say on red tape in the industry and how ineffective rules are hampering them from building more homes.

The government has announced a Cutting Red Tape review which aims to uncover the issues that have the biggest effect on house builders and also wants to gather the views of smaller firms to understand the unique pressures they face.

Ministers said that the wide ranging review will capture the experiences of all those involved in building homes, including developers, planners and trade asso­ci­ations.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said he is determined to remove barriers faced by house builders to ensure more homes can be built to help reach the recently announced new targets for home building.

‘We want to hear the views of firms big and small so we can remove unnecessary red tape and help house builders do what they do best, building the homes we need,’ he added.

John Allan, national chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said that the government is right to listen to the needs of smaller businesses. ‘In the 1980s, smaller house builders delivered around two thirds of our new homes. Today, it is less than a third. If the government can encourage small firms back into house building, that would be a major step towards meeting this country’s housing needs,’ he explained.

‘The new Cutting Red Tape review will look at the way the law is enforced, as well as whether the rules themselves are propor­ti­onate and fit for purpose. The responses from house builders will lead to government taking concrete steps to remove burdens on business,’ he added.



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