We must fix it: Delivering reform of the building sector to meet the UK's housing and economic challengesPublished Wed 28 Dec 2011
If we really want to tackle our growing housing crisis - and use construction to drive desperately needed economic growth - then development industry reform must become an integral part of housing policy.
Reform is needed to diversify the industry, with an emphasis on bringing in new entrants. Key to this is a new approach to land. For decades our developers have focused more on playing the land market and the planning system than on building homes: we must break this link. Only by reshaping how development happens and changing how land is controlled and released can we arrest the downward spiral that grips our delivery of new homes.