Coronavirus: Getting the Country building homes

Coronavirus: Getting the Country building homes

Housing Secretary announced late last night as a series of measures to re-start the housing market, including getting the Country building homes for the future, including:

• Allowing builders to agree more flexible construction site working hours with their local council, such as staggering builders’ arrival times, easing pressure on public transport;

• Enabling local councils and developers to publicise planning applications through social media instead of having to rely on posters and leaflets, helping to unblock the service;

• Support for smaller developers by allowing them to defer payments to local councils, Community Infrastructure Levy payments (CIL); helping those struggling with their cash flow while ensuring communities still receive funding towards local infrastructure in the longer term;

A new Charter has also been launched by the Government and the Home Builders Federation, helping construction sites reopen in line with latest health and safety guidance. Construction companies signing up to the Charter commit to returning to work safely, including working with their subcontractors to implement social distancing, as well as detailed safe working practices.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Anthony Best of our Construction Team”