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Tories pledge to boost MMC

- Housing Today

  MMC + 1m New Home Commitment

The Conservative Party has pledged to support the use of modern methods of construction in its general election manifesto.

  Simpler Planning & 300,000 p.a.

The manifesto, launched yesterday, said the party would “make the planning system simpler for the public and small builders, and support modern methods of construction”. The pledge sat alongside well trailed promises to deliver 1 million homes over the five-year term while making “progress” towards a target of 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.

   Better & Cheaper Mortgages

As expected, the party also promised to “encourage a new market in long-term fixed-rate mortgages” – though no money has been allocated to support this – and explore how to support homeownership after the demise of Help to Buy in 2023. In a pledge that may lead to the partial resurrection of the failed starter homes programme, the party said it would allow councils to use section 106 receipts to fund homes for sale to local people at just two-thirds of the market rate.

   Affordable Homes Renewal

In addition, there were promises to renew the affordable homes programme, which funds low-cost housing, publish a social housing white paper and amend planning rules so that infrastructure supporting development has to be in place before people move in.

   Remember Boris' Aim

Boris Johnson said: “We want to get Brexit done so we can get on with our work of making Britain the greatest place in the world to live, to go to school, to start a family, to own a home, to start a business – with the most ambitious environmental programme of any country on earth.”

   Desperate Need for Modernisation

In response to the manifesto, the government’s MMC champion, Mark Farmer, tweeted that it was “important” that MMC had been explicitly referenced as manifesto commitment. He added: “What we really need is a clear apolitical & long term consensus from all parties that our construction industry desperately needs modernisation and that in turn needs pump priming by government”.

   Off-Site seen as 'Lifeboat'

Joseph Daniels, founder of modular developer Project Etopia, said the relative lack of ambition on housing supply numbers showed a welcome focus on an achievable target, while the pledge on MMC was significant. “Mainstream interest in MMC is established and policymakers now regard offsite construction as the lifeboat that brings a target of 300,000 new homes a year into achievable focus.”

  CPRE Critical

Crispin Truman, chief executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, criticised the lack of focus on affordable rural housing. He said: We’re calling on the next government to invest £12.8bn a year to provide genuinely affordable homes, including homes for social rent, with a fair proportion allocated for rural communities.”

   'Pipe Dream' targets

Clive Docwra, managing director of construction consultancy McBains, said the housing supply targets would remain a pipe dream “without radical action on the supply side.” He added: “The government’s record on starter homes is not good. Earlier this month a report from the National Audit Office found that a pledge to build 200,000 new starter homes for first-time buyers in England had failed to produce a single [new] property.”

   'Low Energy Buildings' - the key

Off-Site, MMC, DfMA are all ‘short of a shilling’ without creating Low Energy Buildings. We’ve spent many years promoting  them and to know that we are absolutely in the right place, both to help you, your buyers or tenants, and to press on with our business innovations and developments. This really requires engaging the whole team responsible for delivery on time and within budget. It requires a systematic, solution driven approach which brings discipline to the process, sharing  information and communications. DfMA defines the process of taking these to the next level; a welcome change in the overall approach to project management and development.

   Partnering for Progress

All of this entails a shift in thinking to that already practiced available by established 'Off-Site' manufacturers. It can be quickly and easily incorporated into procedures and processes of building and development. Better still, you can make partnering arrangements with such manufacturers to gain all round benefits. 

   Greater Speed, Accuracy, Quality and Lower Costs

Greater collaborative 'partnering' between architects, builders and  manufacturers will accomplish this The greater speed, accuracy and quality that can result from manufacturing components in a dry, controlled factory environment, together with the ability tom incorporate (yet to be invented) 'Smart Ware'  gives home builders perhaps the only way of achieving this, together with improved on-site build quality AND controlling costs.

   Resistance Disappearing

While resistance to the change to DfMA has been the norm, the wish of most UK Builders to deliver excellent customer service and top notch homes is now driving an increasing number to choose Off-Site for their developments. Also, as 'OffSite Hub' note, architects and designers are moving toward DfMA, something w have been encouraging for over 20 years. The emergence of LA Developers will only speed up this process.

   Easy Timber Frame

To assist them in doing so our "Easy Timber Frame" now offers standard size modular timber frame elements for them to use as a design base, cutting down on technical design and engineering to produce win-win results.

   Better all-round Savings

Our specialist services and CUSTOM homes division deliver best value and  protect the interests of land owners, house-builder developers, professionals and private individuals seeking to build their dream home. Our off-site construction systems also reduce the amount of material that gets wasted on site, helping to avoid land fill, hazardous waste separation and handling, They also deliver better value for you and your customers.
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