The Autumn Statement: George wants UK to build more new homes
George Osborne's latest Autumn Statement had its ups and downs for Energy Assessors.
There did however appear to be some good news on the new build front. George indicated “I am doubling the housing budget. Yes, doubling it to over £2 billion per year. We will deliver, with government help, 400,000 affordable new homes by the end of the decade.”
That’s the biggest house building programme by any government since the 1970s. Almost half of them will be our Starter Homes, sold at 20% off market value to young first time buyers.”
The Conservatives have been keen to reform planning and at the same time as the claims above he also wants a major shift, in order to accelerate housing supply: “We are announcing further reforms to our planning system so it delivers more homes more quickly. We’re releasing public land suitable for 160,000 homes and re-designating unused commercial land for Starter Homes.”
He suggests financial help to small builders and a new Garden City:
“We’ll extend loans for small builders, regenerate more run-down estates and invest over £300 million in delivering at Ebbsfleet the first garden city in nearly a century.”
All the above does look like a serious mandate to get Britain building again. This must be good news to OCDEAs and the building industry in general. The planning reform has been mentioned before by the Conservatives and as they have proved with the scrapping of the Zero Carbon homes standard, they are not afraid of removing in their words ‘red tape and bureaucracy’.
Elmhurst has over the years invested heavily in our leading SAP new build software and are looking forward to working with our members to deliver the new builds these policies will demand.
Stuart Fairlie – Head of Technical, Elmhurst Energy
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