Housing minister Grant Shapps yesterday pledge to cut red tape and make it easier for developers to build homes.
He highlighted the steps the Government is taking to tackle the key obstacles house-builders currently face, and pledged to tackle the ‘alphabet soup’ of standards and red tape. He will call on industry leaders to work with Government in a new drive to simplify the system.
Shapps said: “Last year, housebuilding hit its lowest level for any peacetime year since 1924 as developers have been hampered by regional targets that put them in direct conflict with local communities and an alphabet soup of regulations and red tape they have to navigate.
“Today I have a clear message to housebuilders large and small – we are on your side. I am determined to make it easier to build the homes this country needs. Appropriate building standards, applied sensibly, help developers and communities alike, but they can only be effective if they are easier to understand. That’s why I want to simplify the process for housebuilders to meet the standards communities demand.
“But I also want to make it easier for these companies to complete new developments where they are wanted. That’s why we will introduce powerful new incentives so those communities that give the green light to developments see the benefits of the new homes in their area.”
Shapps also highlighted Government efforts to bring an end to the conflicts of the past between developers and residents with the introduction of a New Homes Bonus, so that those communities going for growth now and in the future will receive direct and substantial extra funding to spend as they wish.