Much needed changes to the House Building industry

MUCH NEEDED CHANGES TO THE HOUSE BUILDING SECTOR

Posted 05/04/2019 by Emma Blair

The construction sector has stagnated in recent months due to BREXIT uncertainty, especially in the House Building sector, with some developers slashing the rates in which they are building houses in preparation.

 

In the current housing crisis we’re experiencing in Scotland and across the UK, it has never seemed as important to build more. Scotland's housing completions are still only at around 68% of previous levels pre-recession.* However, this begs other questions – where can we build them? who is going to build them?

 

There are a number of factors that have contributed to this predicament.

 

Restricted areas

Controversial topics such as the green belt policy restrict many areas in the UK for house developers to build upon. The solution? local councils. Many believe if councils relax their restrictions surrounding the greenbelt policy, allowing more sites for development, this could make a significant difference. However, the Association for the protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) are actively pushing for these greenbelt areas to be protected. Leaving the costly and time-consuming brownfields to be developed on.* 

 

Rise in private sector building

Back in the 1950s it was the norm that councils built more homes than the private sector. Whereas that’s now very much the opposite. We’re feeling the pain of house builders not building enough homes and looking to housing associations to fill the gap. In England, it's estimated that over 340,000 new homes will need to be built each year until 2031 to meet current demands. This is significantly lower than the Governments target at 300,000.

 

Skills Shortage

We talk about the skills shortage a lot and it’s still a hot topic. The reduction in labour & skilled workers has caused many issues for the construction industry and doesn’t look like it’s letting up any time soon. Currently, the amount of workers nearing retirement age in construction is over 30%, leaving a large gap to fill. The good news is companies are starting to wake up to this fact, with many introducing apprentice & graduate schemes in the hope of attracting new talent.

 

Will these changes be enough?

 

Let us know your thoughts.

 

 

 

*https://projectscot.com/2019/04/time-to-banish-the-green-belt-taboo/

*https://www.designingbuildings.co.uk/wiki/Tackling_the_construction_skills_shortage

*https://www.designingbuildings.co.uk/wiki/Housing_shortage

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