According to a recent article from the Federation of Master Builders, public support for new house building is increasing and should be capitalised on to tackle the lack of housing available in the UK.
New findings from the British Social Attitudes Survey revealed that the number of people supportive of new homes being built in their area has risen from 29% to 56%, with opposition falling from 46% in 2010 to just 21% in 2014.
Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, commented: ““These shifts in public opinion suggest that recognition of the need for more new homes has risen significantly and continues to rise. This should be an encouragement to all concerned. The house building industry, government and local communities need to capitalise on this shift in public opinion and work together to deliver the homes people clearly want to see.”
Berry added: “Smaller local house builders in particular are ideally placed to engage with communities, to produce quality designs in keeping with the local area and to make use of smaller brownfield sites which people want to see built.
In return, local planning authorities need to continue to enable them to build by minimising bureaucracy and delays, and making more of smaller sites for the delivery of housing. Local and national government between them also need to make sure that planning offices are sufficiently resourced so that the planning system can do its job speedily and efficiently to deliver more homes.”
As a small / medium housebuilder Conroy Brook is encouraged to hear the findings of the survey, and supports the FMB in their calls for a more expeditious planning system. CEO Richard Conroy (right) said: “With four developments currently underway and a further eight in the pipeline, we - like many housebuilders in the UK - need the support of local and national government to help build this country out of a potential housing crisis.”