Accountants and business advisers, BDO, hosted a housebuilders’ discussion dinner at Edmunds Fine Dining in Birmingham, to share the key findings from its Homes for All report.
BDO spoke to 50 UK housebuilders across the country to canvass views on the key challenges facing the industry and how to overcome these.
BDO’s research reveals that 95 per cent of board level executives at UK housebuilders think that Government targets are unachievable and that planning red tape, limited funding options and lack of land were the biggest barriers to building in the UK.
At the dinner guests heard from Mark Anslow, Partner at BDO and Clive Skidmore, Head of Regeneration and Development at Birmingham City Council, who shared his views and experiences in the Birmingham/West Midlands market along with the council’s ideas as to how more houses can be built.
The dinner was attended by a range of contacts operating in the housing market in the West Midlands.
Mark Anslow said: “The huge gap in current housing supply and the challenges the sector faces in dealing with this are well documented. The solution is in both private and public sector property leaders’ hands and tonight’s debate demonstrated the energy and enthusiasm to resolves issues around planning, funding, land supply and affordable housing.
“I’m confident these local leaders can work around most of these issues to close much of the housing gap, but the Government does need to listen and support change as reflected in this debate and BDO’s Homes for All report.”
Pictures by Edward Moss