21 Aug

Government should reform planning system 'to respond to housing demand'

Government should reform planning system 'to respond to housing demand'

The government needs to consider making reforms to the construction planning system in order to meet the demand for housing, according to a trade association.

Brian Berry, director of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders, which was established over 60 years ago to protect the interests of small and medium-sized building firms, said that finding land with planning permission is currently problematic for those constructing properties.

His comments follow the publication of statistics by Communities and Local Government, which show a 63 per cent increase in the number of building projects undertaken during the second quarter, along with a 24 per cent rise in completions over the same period of time.

"[One] problem is finding sufficient land with planning permission, which means that we need to be looking at reforms of the planning system to make it more responsive to housing demand across the country," said Mr Berry.

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