Minister urged to 'think small'
THE FEDERATION of Master Builders (FMB) has called upon new housing minister Mark Prisk to prioritise SME house builders in a bid to solve the nation's housing crisis.
Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: "If we are to stand any chance of addressing the nation's chronic housing shortage we have to remove the barriers that are currently preventing small and medium sized house builders from delivering badly needed new housing.
"When the industry last delivered housing in the kinds of numbers we need now, SMEs were delivering around two thirds of it. Now we are building half of what we require, and we are reliant on just nine house builders to deliver 45 per cent of our housing following a 69 per cent decline in the number of SME house builders."
Mr Berry added: "SMEs can go a long way to solving the housing crisis because they typically bring forward small urban infill sites that would otherwise be ignored, and by doing so take pressure off green belt land."
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