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Barker review hollow without action

Online new homes specialist SmartNewHomes.com, has warned that unless the government takes action to translate the recommendations from the Barker review into government policy, the report amounts to nothing more than hot air.

Academic Kate Barker has reviewed housing supply and established the need for up to 120,000 new homes each year in Britain in order to stabilise house price rises and reduce problems of homelessness, affordability and social division.

However, SmartNewHomes.com chief executive David Bexon says: “There remains a reluctance amongst local authorities to move development applications through the system effectively, largely because they are hampered by the current planning system.

“The calls for house builders to demonstrate a willingness and capability to respond to the recommendations are already being addressed but there needs to be progressive steps to enable this to happen.”

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