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Government continues support for self and custom build

Sajid Javid has hit the ground running since his appointment as secretary of state for communities and local government. He’s vowed to tackle the big housing developers about their perceived inability to deliver new homes – despite there being hundreds of thousands of extant residential planning permissions that are just waiting to get going. It’s the latest act in the war of words between policy-makers and the construction industry.

The unspoken narrative between the two parties sees the government implying that major developers are limiting the supply to artificially inflate prices. At the same time, the House Builders’ Federation (HBF) pleads there’s no land banking taking place and also that there’s no point creating 1,000s more homes if no one wants to buy them. Mr Javid has even threatened to disrupt the business models of the Big 10 construction companies, who currently erect 80% of all new dwellings in the UK.

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