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Small builders needed to deliver Conservative housing plans

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has welcomed the Conservative Party’s plans to deliver 200,000 new homes for first-time buyers but urged it needs to be delivered by a range of builders to ensure good quality design and diversity.
In support of the Starter Homes policy, the FMB has stressed the importance of it being delivered by a wide range of builders operating at different scales and that most Starter Homes built are additional to those which would otherwise be delivered.”

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “Taken together, announcements on housing set out by the Conservatives over the last few days amount to a welcome set of proposals. The continuation of more relaxed rules on home extensions until 2020 will support extra work for small builders and provide them with greater long term business certainty. What’s more, these proposals are good for home owners as they give them greater freedom to improve their properties with the consent of their neighbours – it should be recognised that by and large these arrangements have worked well.”

“Moves to earmark brownfield sites for the delivery of custom built homes could significantly increase opportunities for small builders, leading to more homes and greater choice. We are pleased to see the Conservative Party taking important steps like these to support smaller builders. We hope that focus will continue and that these policies will draw the support they deserve.”

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Fiona Russell-Horne
Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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