The recession gripping UK housing is compounded by huge challenges facing the water, waste and quarry industries, all related to the Government’s goal to build three million homes by 2020, a target which industry experts called “extremely unlikely” at a London conference last week.
“Delivering Housing Growth: Overcoming Opposition” gathered stakeholders on 8th July from many industries and interests related to home construction. The Saint Report is publishing presentations, below, and a synopsis (Download Report.pdf) of the key points to help illustrate a compelling need for housing with enlightened, joined up planning by Government, local planning authorities and industry.
Nick Keable, managing director UK of The Saint Consulting Group, summarised public opposition to development with findings from the Saint UK Index, which makes gloomy reading for several key planks in the Government’s housing programme:
- 70 percent of Britons say the three million target is unfeasible
- UK is more NIMBY than ever
- Over the past three years public confidence in planning officials has worsened
- One in four Brits has actively opposed a local development project
Continue reading for full presentations.
More specific hard truths came in presentations from:
- Nick Keable Download keable_delivering_housing_growth.pdf
- John Slaughter, director of external affairs for the Home Builders Federation Download john_slaughter.pdf
- Simon van der Byl, director general of the Quarry Products Association Download simon_van_der_byl.pdf
- John East, director of planning at Savills Download john_east.pdf
- John Downer, a waste expert from Jacobs Engineering Download john_downer.pdf
- Martin Hendry, a director and water expert from Adams Hendry Download martin_hendry.pdf
- John Qualtrough, Partner of Bircham Dyson Bell, which sponsored the conference Download john_qualtrough.pdf
- Carolyn Davey, deputy director of policy and research, Shelter Download caroline_davey.pdf