Leeds Property News: Builders back house call

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The Federation of Master Buildings has backed calls to enable local authorities to build more social housing.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB said he agreed with recent calls by the Local Government Association (LGA) to lift the borrowing cap to allow councils to build more new homes.

The LGA issued the challenge to the Government in a bid to tackle a national housing shortage. In Leeds, according to recent statistics issued by the National Housing Federation, there are some 28,000 people waiting for a home.

Responding to the publication of the LGA’s report – Investing in our nation’s future: The first 100 days of the next government – Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “There is a desperate need to build more homes if we are to sustain the economic recovery. It’s very encouraging that the LGA is prioritising housing as an issue in their new report.

“The FMB has long argued that central government should lift the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap to allow councils to build more new homes.

“We are also supportive of financing solutions like the ‘build now, pay later’ deferred payment model.”

He added: “However, I’m sceptical about the emphasis local authorities place on unimplemented planning permissions because when permission is granted, builders have every incentive to get on and build.

“Local authorities have a central role to play in enabling the building of more new homes, and where there is a genuine commitment to increasing supply and engage with local house builders, together we can go a long way to meeting the ever-increasing demand for new housing.”


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