House Builders Association welcomes Labour’s drive for new homes

The House Builders Association (HBA) today welcomed the Labour Party’s renewed commitment to enable smaller housebuilders to access land and build new homes and create 230,000 new jobs as part of an ambitous programme to double the level of housebuilding in the UK. Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds today highlighted the importance of small and medium sized house builders to a thriving industry and their role in helping to double housebuilding output.

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 James Hulme, strategic policy adviser to the HBA said:

“The Labour commitments announced today echo the HBA’s long standing recommendations calling for smaller sites requirement in Local Plans, and a proportionate number of SMEs involved in large site & public land disposals .It is a well accepted fact now that new houses need to be built on a large scale to meet the growing demand. These houses can form large communities but the smaller builders have a crucial role to play in driving output, innovation and quality. We are pleased that the Government and the Labour Party are both aware of the need for greater competition and diversity, by making provision for small sites and making the whole access to land process more transparent. Smaller companies built two thirds of new homes in 1988.  Now it is less than a third. To ensure a thriving industry we must grasp the notion that small companies are crucial to a healthy housebuilding sector, and to the preservation of local communities and flourishing local economies. We hope the Government agrees and will act sooner rather than later.”

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