FMB calls for “radical solutions” to the housing crisis

The Federation of Master Builders has called on the new Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell to build on the positive legacy of Brandon Lewis.

FMB’s chief executive Brian Berry also urged Theresa May to consider “radical solutions” to resolving the housing crisis.

Berry said:

“Brexit presents a challenge to the house building industry, and it will require bold leadership if the progress that has been made over the last few years isn’t to be lost. Momentum must be maintained. With a new Prime Minister in place, now is perhaps the time to start thinking about more radical solutions to the housing crisis.”

Berry was encouraged by Barwell’s experience in the Department for Communities and Local Government as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Greg Clark and stressed the new minister must continue supporting smaller developers to achieve the government’s housing targets. The FMB chief however noted that SMEs were still at a “serious disadvantage”.

He said:

“SMEs are nevertheless still at a serious disadvantage in this country with far too many struggling to access the finance they need to build and hampered by a planning system that all too often places the same requirements on small developments as it does for larger ones.