Taking the Housing White Paper Forward: CEO Forum Output02 November 2017
On 13 September we held a CEO Forum with NHBC - a high level strategic discussion with senior colleagues from housing associations, local authorities, house builders and senior housing specialists on taking the Housing White Paper forward.
The conclusions of the Forum are:
- There is a concern that the Government has not yet appreciated the impact Brexit will have on supply chain skills. For some major house builders and contractors 60-70% of labour on some sites is EU and in architecture and design is around 25% EU in many practices.
- If Help to Buy is to cease, a taper should be introduced. Plans are already being made to develop sites into 2020 and beyond so certainty is needed.
- Local authorities are not bold enough to take decisions on joint working and a number of local housing companies have stalled; so far 6,000 affordable homes have been provided by local authorities.
- What is really meant by quality in house building? House builders argue that the term is too diverse and does not differentiate between standards and style. Issues of defects are damaging to reputation. Home owners can often regard quality as a matter of taste rather than fitness for purpose.
Please find the full output of this Forum here.