Planning reforms to help government’s “build, build, build” campaign

FASET, as the construction industry’s not-for-profit organisation providing quality guidance and training amongst workers, has noted with interest the wholesale reform of the planning system in England announced by the Government.

The planning system has been described as being prone to “increasing complexities and costs,” which are holding back the delivery of new homes, jobs and growth as part of the government’s admirable ‘build, build, build’ plan.

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has also been vocal in welcoming the much needed opportunity to speed up the planning process and help diversify the housing market, but warned that any shake-up must not compromise the quality of the homes built.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Alongside struggles to access affordable land, 64% of developing small builders cite the planning system as the biggest barrier they face.

“We need a simpler and more responsive planning system, but I am clear that this shouldn’t compromise the quality of the homes that are built. Master Builders compete on quality, not on price, and have an important role to play in a more diverse housing market. We must also ensure local planning authorities are supported to respond to these changes, so that any shake-up doesn’t lead to further short-term delays in applications.”

“If we get this right, making it easier for SME house builders to play a role will help support jobs, provide training opportunities for apprentices, and lead to higher quality, green homes that are fit for the future.”

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training – is dedicated to worker safety through training and guidance for its members. The construction industry’s not-for-profit organisation is especially keen to ensure that all new construction workers receive access to the latest advice to minimise or even eradicate the risk of accidents.

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