In response to the announced pause of planning reforms in England, there’s concern that this will further delay moves to support SME developers to build, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Almost half of small house builders say that the planning system is one of the biggest constraints on their ability to build more homes. The pausing of planning reforms that had proposed greater support for SME developers is therefore a concern.”

Berry concluded: “Forty years ago, small builders delivered 40% of new homes; but today it’s just 12%. We won’t fix our broken housing market if we don’t make it easier for SMEs to build the high quality homes they are known for, in their local communities.”


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