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Decentralisation and Localism Bill - NHBC Statement

Responding to the launch of the government's Localism Bill today, Imtiaz Farookhi, NHBC Chief Executive said;

"We are suffering a chronic undersupply of housing across the UK, and one of the tests of this Bill's success is whether it leads to more homes being built in areas where they are most needed, and whether the system allows the current shortfall to be addressed at a rate which meets the demands both of local communities and the country as a whole. Latest NHBC statistics reveal current volumes of new homes starts while steady, remain at historically low levels.

"It is important that the reform of the planning system links in with the Local Standards Framework that Grant Shapps recently announced at NHBC's annual lunch.  If these measures lead to more homes being built and reduces the burden of bureaucracy, eliminates duplication of regulation and introduces greater certainty into the development process then this will be a considerable achievement."

News Date: 13/12/10