CD Hood commercial and domestic builders in Cambridge know that there just are not enough new houses built in England each year to match the demand. This has been backed up by the latest statistics released by government, which reveal that new homes built in England last year fell by 11%.
Each year we need at least 250,000 homes to be built, however last less than half this figure, 98,280 were actually built. Between the years 2009 and 2010 only 115,000 new builds were completed, partly due to the down turn in the global economy, not because of reduced demand, and shockingly 250,000 homes in England have been empty for more than six months.
The government is trying to encourage builders, investors and local councils to create new homes and solve the problem of empty homes. The DCLG, Department for Communities and Local Government are trying to introduce schemes to kick-start new home building, but so far they have had little impact on the ground.
The DCLG have already ear marked enough public sector land to support 100,000 new homes, which they hope to sell to developers but it’s been pretty slow going so far.
The Community Right to Build law which was introduced in 2011 and it allows local communities to undertake small-scale, site-specific, community-led developments.
The new powers give communities the freedom to build new homes, shops, businesses or facilities where they want them, without going through the normal planning application process.
To get the go-ahead, the proposals must:
• have the agreement of more than 50% of local people that vote through a community referendum
• meet some minimum requirements (for example, they should generally be in line with national planning policies and strategic elements of the local plan)
These eased planning restrictions and the NewBuy Gaurantee scheme aims to provide lending for first time buyers who cannot afford the large deposits needed to secure a cheap mortgage, but have so far made very little impact on the shortage of new builds in the UK.