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Family homes crisis set to worsen in 2010

For this reason, SmartNewHomes.com is repeating its call for government intervention in the house building industry. It wants to see more land released to enable the construction of family homes and substantial and lasting commitment to the sector to address the growing shortfall.

The reinvigorated campaign follows house builder Redrow’s calls for planners to allow for more family-orientated housing. It also comes as the company launched The New Heritage Collection, a range of traditional family homes at seven developments across the UK. Other housebuilders have also responded to calls from the public for more family homes in their area, re-submitting development plans.

David Bexon, Managing Director of SmartNewHomes.com, comments:

“It is a stark fact that the total number of new homes being built has dramatically diminished in the last few years. Conservative party proposals to do away with regional house building targets and a lack of viable development land threaten further reductions in the availability of family homes.

“Planners need to be made aware of the long term stock shortages and work with local authorities to free up public land and prioritise planning applications for family homes.

“The issue of nimbyism also needs to be addressed. Many developers strive to create new sustainable communities or enhance existing ones by improving infrastructure and providing local amenities. The value of these developments and the extent of the housing crisis needs to be communicated to local residents so that viable schemes providing much needed family homes can be accepted and understood. As the election draws nearer, political parties should be seriously addressing the issues and not looking for cheap vote winners which will please a small minority and do nothing for the bigger majority.”

John Tutte, Redrow Group Managing Director, comments:

“The country needs over 250,000 new homes to be built each year, the industry currently provides less than half this number.  We desperately need more sites to come through the planning system to satisfy the demand for traditional family homes.

“Feedback from our customers tells us they would prefer a more traditional family home. The New Heritage Collection addresses this demand and is already proving very popular with buyers across the UK.”

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