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EDITOR’S COMMENT Converting planning permissions into housing This month, Prime Minister Theresa May announced RCIMAG.COM MARCH 2018 005 a major overhaul of the National Planning Policy Framework in order to speed up housebuilding across the country. Speaking at a national planning conference on March 5, the Prime Minster set out new objectives that aim to maximise the use of land, and place a greater emphasis on converting planning permissions into housing. She also warned developers who are too slow to build houses that their past record could count against them when they bid for new planning permissions. “Oliver Letwin is currently reviewing the causes of the planning permission gap. If he fi nds evidence of unjustifi able delay, I will not rule out any options for ending such practices,” the Prime Minister said. “I want to see planning permissions going to people who are actually going to build houses, not just sit on land and watch its value rise. With the major overhaul being published today March 5, we’re giving councils and developers the backing they need to get more homes built more quickly.” The proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework have been greeted cautiously by the industry, with some saying the government needs to make sure that “rhetoric doesn’t get ahead of reality”. Speaking on page 8, Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “There is reason to push back against developers who have a particularly poor track record of delivery, and those who seek planning permissions purely for speculative purposes, but the government needs to make sure that rhetoric doesn’t get ahead of reality. “It should recognise that attempts to force building at a rate, which makes poor commercial sense could end up slowing down delivery. This could end up discouraging rather than incentivising the SME builders and new market entrants we need to diversify the market.” Meanwhile, Andrew Hayward, managing director at Russell Roof Tiles, believes that while the need for speed and effi ciency in the UK housing market “can only be a good thing”, it isn’t as simple as pointing fi ngers at developers who have not built on approved land. He said: “A number of factors may have a signifi cant impact on the speed and delays in builds. This can include a lack of employee skill sets and the availability of skilled trades, the cost of the build, value for money, as well as planning obstacles. While it is good to hear plans to speed up the planning process even further, I suspect streamlining the criteria and process is key to its success.” Elsewhere in this issue, we feature a number of exclusive articles from the likes of the National Construction Training Services, which discusses the industry’s gender imbalance, the National Legal Consortium, which provides advice on how to protect a business when faced with a ‘Carillion’ situation, as well as details on the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation – plus all the latest news, trends and products. Nichola Farrugia, RCI Editor Overheard on Twitter Follow: @RCImag GDPR - A Key Concern: Are you ready? Take our FREE online CPD Email cpd@instituteofroofing.org #roofing #waterproofing #training #cpd #GDPR #BeReady #dataprotection @Official_IOR Women are expected to make up more than a quarter of the construction workforce by 2020. On #IWD2018, read about some of the women who have already made their mark. http://bit.ly/2HcUrrY #WomeninConstruction @GoConstructUK What valuable work our industry does. It’s great to see young #construction apprentices helping preserve our built heritage during National Apprenticeship Week. #NAW2018 @CITB_UK Today the PM announced that the government is rewriting planning rules to build more homes. “The size of the challenge is matched only by the strength of my ambition to tackle it” – PM @10DowningStreet Government apprenticeship levy on employers has been “disastrous”, as companies postpone or halt apprenticeships because of the levy. Apprenticeship starts for first quarter of 2017-18 academic year fell to 114,000 compared to 155,600 in the previous year @TheBMBI At this week’s @MaddoxWinSeries #WinConstruction summit, Jacobs’ Commercial Director Ceri Evans shared her inspiring career story & perspective on how leaders can shine a light on women. http:// ow.ly/JTh630iOJ9n #PressforProgress #leadlikeagirl @JacobsConnects #Education & #training can help end #construction post-brexit blues - Read the latest blog from our MD - Philip Fergusson http://bit.ly/2oM10ej @NCTS_2017 Natasha, #BuddingBuilders student and now Site Manager Apprentice, visited @ BowSchool1 and talked with pupils about #construction as an amazing industry with rewarding careers for women #IWD2018 #notjustforboys #NAW2018 You can read her blog here: http://www.constructionyouth.org. uk/news/international-womens-day-2018- natashas-blog … @ConstructionYT #Construction #apprentices will go on to earn thousands of pounds more, every year, than many of their university students will #NAW18 To see the full research click here: http:// go.fmb.co.uk/career1803 @fmbuilders Do you know a #Roofer that goes above and beyond for charity or helping out their local community? Tell us about them and they could win the 2018 UK #roofingawards Local Hero Award. @SIGRoofing http://bit. ly/2FhPHow @UKRoofingAwards With #wellbeing a key focus for 2018, we need to look at how to create buildings that make people feel healthier and happier. @IMA_Org


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