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Planning

Housing and Planning

The Issue

Housing associations and large developers are currently unable to meet the huge demand for new homes. Yet house building by smaller firms has fallen by 80% over the last 25 years. To reverse this trend we want the Government and local authorities to make it easier for small house builders to deliver the much-needed new homes the country needs.

Action FSB have taken

  • We’re campaigning for local authorities and the Government to overhaul the planning application process for small housing developments.
  • We’ve lobbied for greater assistance for small house builders struggling to access finance.
  • We’re pressing local authorities to take account of the higher build costs of small housing developments, when setting the levels of developer contributions.

Our Goal

Supporting small house builders is essential to addressing the housing crisis. We want to work with the Government, industry and local authorities to remove the barriers facing small house builders.

Achievements in...


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  • We’ve worked with Government and industry to help create the package of reforms aimed at supporting small house builders, announced in the Summer Budget 2015.
  • We’ve made the findings of our independent research into the higher costs facing small housing developments, available to the Government, industry, and local planning authorities.
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Scotland

  • We’ve worked with Government and industry to help create the package of reforms aimed at supporting small house builders, including the new £3 billion house building fund aimed at supplying loans to SME builders.
  • We’ve made the findings of our independent research into the higher costs facing small housing developments, available to the Government, industry, and local planning authorities.
  • We’ve fed directly into the government’s new Housing White Paper, which has put forward measures to diversify the housing market and encourage smaller developers to start to build.   
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