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Planning reforms to help government’s “build, build, build” campaign

SAEMA, as the national trade body for the permanent and temporary façade access equipment industry, has noted with interest the wholesale reform of the planning system in England announced by the Government.

The planning system has been described as being prone to “increasing complexities and costs,” which are holding back the delivery of new homes, jobs and growth as part of the government’s admirable ‘build, build, build’ plan.

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has also been vocal in welcoming the much needed opportunity to speed up the planning process and help diversify the housing market, but warned that any shake-up must not compromise the quality of the homes built.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Alongside struggles to access affordable land, 64% of developing small builders cite the planning system as the biggest barrier they face.

“We need a simpler and more responsive planning system, but I am clear that this shouldn’t compromise the quality of the homes that are built. Master Builders compete on quality, not on price, and have an important role to play in a more diverse housing market. We must also ensure local planning authorities are supported to respond to these changes, so that any shake-up doesn’t lead to further short-term delays in applications.”

“If we get this right, making it easier for SME house builders to play a role will help support jobs, provide training opportunities for apprentices, and lead to higher quality, green homes that are fit for the future.”

SAEMA (Specialist Access and Engineering Maintenance Association) is dedicated to ensuring adherence to safe and best practice for the provision of access to buildings and other structures for the purposes of cleaning and maintenance. SAEMA cooperates with other organisations, specialist bodies and institutions involved in the provision and maintenance of façade access systems and equipment.