Housing Specification

August/September 2021

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Enquiry 2 The Government has won support for its backing of the Bacon Review into encouraging more self-build and custom-build housing. The aim of the review was to find ways of diversifying the housing market and help meet housebuilding targets. Now the Government is being urged to adopt the recommendation, but also listen to industry reaction to the review and take on board additional ideas. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: "I congratulate Richard Bacon on his review of Custom and Self Build, and urge the Government to act on his recommendations if we are to diversify the housing market and meet our housing targets. We must reverse the decline in SME house builders, who deliver great homes, of high quality, in the places people want to live." He pointed out that 56% of FMB house builder members build only as contractors, and the majority build to the designs and specifications of a consumer. "The biggest constraint they face is access to viable small sites on which to build," he added. "So, I welcome the review's focus on the supply of land, and hope the Government will recognise the support that local authorities need to help more SMEs to build." The final report – informed by a roundtable held with RIBA members – makes recommendations to Government on how to support growth in all parts of the custom and self-build market. RIBA President, Alan Jones, said: "By supporting more people to design and construct their own home, we will not only boost supply, but grow the proportion of bespoke homes that support higher levels of wellbeing and contribute more positively to local areas. "In addition to raising awareness of the Right to Build, and using planning reforms to support the delivery of custom and self-build homes, I strongly welcome the recommendation to use this delivery mechanism to accelerate Net Zero ambitions. I also have high hopes for the £150m Help to Build scheme, which should allow self and custom home building to become a realistic option. "All recommendations clearly align with the Government's levelling up agenda and Building Beautiful plans – I urge policymakers to drive them forward." Paul Groves Group Editor paul.groves@tspmedia.co.uk WELCOME 3 Welcome Choose from a full range of sizes, including doubles and made to measure Precision Engineered Up & Over Garage Doors Secure 2-point locking preventing unauthorised entry. 1 2 3 1 2 Manufactured from high-grade galvanised steel. 4 Rivet free panel with durable paint finish. 3 Strong box section chassis with superior lifting gear. 4 CALL 01935 443722 TO DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT

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