The Home Builders Federation (HBF) has boosted its planning division to ensure the body is represented at future local plan examinations to have their say in making sure the responsibilities for new homes are being met under the new National Planning Policy Framework.

Within the recent Help to Buy scheme there is a great deal to aid buyers but perhaps not enough to boost the supply of new housing to help meet this invigorated demand.

HBF Executive Chairman Stewart Baseley commented “If the new planning system is to work as intended and deliver the homes the country needs it is vital that Local Authorities abide by the responsibilities it has given them. This new capacity will enable the industry to be represented at all future Local Plan Inquiries, and ensure we are challenging Local Authorities that are not making adequate provision for their housing need. With power comes responsibility and we want to ensure responsibilities are being met.”

Despite the housing shortage there were fewer than 100,000 housing starts in 2012, less than in 2011. Residential property developers, like many in the profession, and those looking to move, are keen to increase the volume of properties constructed to meet the needs of the nation.

It has yet to be seen whether the new Help To Buy schemes will have a greater impact than their predecessors, NewBuy and FirstBuy, if these schemes do help to get the property market moving more the supply will need to be there to meet demand.

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