In a speech to the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham UK Government with Secretary of State James Brokenshire is promising new and bold changes in home construction and community planning.
Brokenshire is appointing a new Homes Ombudsman to oversee changes in the use of brownfield land for new developments as well as parcels that already have structures but protections for greenbelt land would be kept.
In comments posted in PropertyWire Brokenshire says:
‘But we need to be smarter on how we use land and the space available.’
Also, ‘...will publish proposals to permit people to build up on existing buildings rather than build out and give Councils greater powers to deliver garden communities.’
Katrine Sporle, Property Ombudsman:
‘We have always agreed that new homes should be covered by an Ombudsman, as consumers have no idea that when they buy a new home directly from a developer they will have no access to a redress scheme. This announcement will mean the housing market becomes a fairer place for all involved.’
Björn Conway, chief executive of ilke Homes, spoke of new innovations for the housing sector:
‘Offsite construction is ideally suited to drive this innovation. Yet, with planning approval rates for large sites stretching over an average of five years and an average single family home taking six months to build, we desperately need a revolution in our approach to both planning and construction.’
Mr. Conway says his firm can produce produce traditional homes in two weeks and place six high-quality houses a day on sites.
‘Only by looking at innovative ways to speed up the process of homebuilding will we be able to address the housing crisis and deliver the number of homes needed in the UK.’
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In his response to Mr. Brokenshire’s plans Darren Bowkett, Operations Director at Ibstock Brick and Managing Director of Ibstock Kevington says this is great news for the brick and housing industry:
He commented in Business East Midlands:
‘Once again, the Government has demonstrated its firm commitment to keep Britain building with James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, using his speech at the Conservative Party Conference to reiterate a pledge to build 300,000 new homes a year until the mid 2020s.’
Clay brick has become the most popular for not only home construction but in particular for high rise buildings due to its A1 non-combustible properties. Fires in high-rise buildings and the combustion of cladding on buildings has been a major concern since the Grenfell residential fire in North Kensington, West London The fire resulted in 72 deaths, 70 others were injured and 223 people managed to successfully get out.
‘Our investment in capacity and new products is proof of our commitment to support the housebuilding sector and deliver on the Government’s ambitious target helping build the next generation of homes our country needs.’