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Poole-based property developer Richard Carr is annoyed and disappointed to read that developers are being blamed for the country’s housing supply crisis.
Property Developers aren’t to blame for the housing crisis
Richard Carr has been in the industry for three decades and believes the problems start and end with the government and the restrictions that they place on developers, which slow down and prevent properties being built.
However, after analysing recent research independent think-tank Civitas has claimed that councils have granted enough planning consents to meet the government’s target of building one million new homes by 2020.
Civitas’ editorial director, Daniel Bentley, told planningportal.co.uk: “Local authority planning departments have been under enormous pressure in recent years and are frequently blamed by developers for holding up housebuilding.
New PM Theresa May is believed to be considering paying Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) directly to local residents in a bid to gain support for new developments, writes property developer Richard Carr.
Is CIL damaging house building?
The news comes after she announced proposals for cash from a scheme to share the proceeds of shale gas revenues to be handed straight to households.
The move is a step away from the first announcement in last year’s Autumn Statement when it was understood that shale revenues would go to community trusts and local authorities.
But Number 10 said that the new government has “changed the consultation to ensure a greater focus on control for local communities – including insisting on proposals to transfer funds directly to households rather than local authorities”.
Newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa May’s overhaul of the cabinet saw Gavin Barwell appointed as the new housing minister – a not so easy job in the climate!
Gavin Barwell has a tough job ahead of him
The country has been suffering through a housing crisis for the best part of half-a-decade, a problem well known to Poole-based property developer Richard Carr.
He believes that Gavin Barwell’s new role is in many ways a poison chaliced with so many challenges facing the property industry – mainly the lack of supply of new homes.
Estate agents and letting agents have welcomed his appoint and that in his role as Minister for London he will help tackle housing issues that particularly effect the capital city, but what about the rest of the country?
The government is being called upon by industry experts to improve the current new home building quality standard to put consumers first, writes property developer Richard Carr.
Is a new home building standard required?
Members of Parliament and a number of construction experts propose that the government sets up a New Homes Ombudsman to mediate in disputes between home buyers and builders.
The request forms a 10-part list of recommendations to improve the quality of workmanship in new homes and provide consumers with easier and cheaper forms of redress, should a problem arise.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APPGEBE) believe UK house builders should be upping their game when it comes to developing new build properties. APPGEBE believe they should be putting consumers at the heart of their business model and that the government should use its power to promote high quality within the industry at every opportunity.
Williams has urged the government to look at a new approach to planning and one that will “recognise, support and invest in the benefits that planning can deliver.”
Richard Carr believes that the government doesn’t take the planning system seriously enough and see its wider benefits to the country’s economy; including jobs, investment and clearly the housing shortage.
Williams added: “endless reform has not produced better growth, better housing, or better communities.”
The newly introduced bill will introduce a number of reforms that will speed up the planning process and hand local communities more power regarding neighbourhood planning.
The government stated: “the new legislation would tackle the overuse, and in some cases, misuse of certain planning conditions, and thereby ensure that development can get underway without unnecessary delay.”
In the Queen’s speech she also outlined plans to streamline pre-commencement planning conditions to speed up housing developments.