Steven Lees, Director at SmartNewHomes, comments on the Government’s new housing and planning measures announced today:

“The £280million extension of FirstBuy will be welcomed by the tens of thousands of buyers for whom raising a deposit remains a stumbling block to home ownership. However, housebuilders have found themselves in a catch 22 situation, unable to meet growing buyer demand because of a revamped planning system that is still finding its feet and over-zealous financial constraints.

“The move announced today to fast-track large residential schemes through planning could help in bringing many more new homes to buyers but how the proposal to bypass councils not performing ‘properly’ will sit alongside the Government’s flagship Localism Bill remains to be seen. The government still needs to prove to the industry that it can act decisively to kickstart growth and support schemes that are proven to deliver – not just flash in the pan announcements.”

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