Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has launched a£3m fund to speed up getting work started on 85 new housing sites.
The site delivery fund will unlock development on housing sites that have been agreed but are suffering delays.
According to Government estimates it will accelerate as many as 25,000 new homes.
The funding will be available to councils across the country to tackle planning issues that can cause delay and prevent builders getting on site.
Lewis said: “We’ve got Britain building, not least through our planning reforms to put power in the hands of communities.
“Now, the challenge is to get work started on sites where development has been agreed as soon as possible.
“Today’s £3m fund will do just that, creating jobs as well as up to 25,000 new homes.” Since 2010 the government has radically reformed the planning system, making it simpler and quicker, with locally led plans identifying and allocating land for much needed homes.
As a result, planning permission was granted on 216,000 new homes in the last year. The new site delivery fund will tackle issues that can slow things down, even when the principle of development has been agreed - like completing financial agreements and signing-off conditions attached to planning permissions.
Priority will go to councils with the greatest numbers of large housing schemes recently agreed. Each successful bidder is set to receive around £50,000 from the fund, which will close for bids on August 31.
Latest figures from construction information specialist Glenigan estimate that the number of homes with planning permission “on hold or shelved” has steadily fallen thanks to government-led efforts to get work restarted on stalled sites.
The numbers of homes on hold or shelved has fallen from 79,604 in January 2011 to 50,050 in June this year.
The new fund adds to the “deemed discharge” of planning conditions measure of the Infrastructure Bill, currently passing through parliament.
Taylor Wimpey raised completions by 10% to 5,766 homes in the first half of 2014.
A 10% rise in average selling price to £206,000 also helped to drive up pre-tax profits by 25% to £178m while lifting operating margins from 13% to 16%.
During the first half of the year, Taylor Wimpey said turnover climbed 18% to £1.19bn.
It acquired 4,336 plots in the UK short-term land and contributed £116m to local communities via planning obligations.
The house builder reported that while costs continued to rise it expected pressure to ease as manufacturers turned up production to meet rising demand.
Pete Redfern, Chief Executive said that a key focus had been on assuring security of supply for key materials, including bricks which were now secured around 18 months ahead of build schedule.
He said labour cost inflation had also increased, albeit in a controlled and manageable way.
Build cost per unit increased 5.6% to £109,300, reflecting higher quality mix driven product specification and the impact of build cost inflation.
Total land costs per house edged up from 20.9% to 21.5% as a percentage of selling prices to an average price of £44,100.
This reflected the product mix and increase in volumes from the London market.
Raised selling prices offset land and cost to raise the average contribution per completion to £45,300 for the first half of 2014, compared to £39,600 a year before.
Redfern added:"Our strategy, coupled with the improvements in the UK housing market, has enabled us to significantly improve the quality of our financial performance, whilst delivering sustainable growth of much needed new homes and contributing £116 million to local communities.
“In early July we began our cash return to shareholders, a key part of our active management of the cycle, and with confidence in the underlying strength and future performance of the business, we are pleased to announce that we now plan to increase our July 2015 payment."
The Labour Party has outlined proposals for its Help to Build scheme to harness the delivery capacity of smaller house builders.
The proposed programme would provide government guarantees for loans to SME house builders.
Labour argues this will overcome the single biggest barrier to delivering more new homes, which is access to finance on viable terms.
The proposals flesh out the party’s call for an “emergency” Help to Build scheme back in March.
Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds and shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Chris Leslie launched the proposals at a Building Associates housing site in Gillingham, Kent, where the firm is building 17 homes for housing association Amicus Horizon.
They said that a Labour government would also require local authorities to include a higher proportion of small sites in their five-year land supply.
They added that Labour would guarantee that a proportion of the homes built in the next generation of new towns and garden cities were built by smaller firms.
Smaller house builders used to build two-thirds of all new homes but they are now building just over a quarter and much of this reduction has happened in the past six years.
This has inevitably had an impact on the overall capacity of the industry to build the number of new homes needed.
Brian Berry, chief executive of the trade body FMB, welcomed the plan.
In the FMB’s 2013 House Builder Survey, 60 per cent of house builder members cited access to finance as a major barrier to their ability to increase their output of new homes, more than any other factor.
He said: “While it is encouraging that there is cross party support for more small house builders to enter the housing market, the ‘Help to Build’ idea being put forward by Labour is the most far-reaching solution to have emerged so far.
“This is an idea which could re-invigorate the SME house building sector and we hope the policy is implemented by whichever party forms the next government after the General Election.”
Mike Leonard, CEO of the Modern Masonry Alliance, said: "We very much welcome the Help to Build Scheme designed to help local Builders bridge the deposit gap.
"This builds on our Local House Builder Club initiative which aims to get local authorities, local Builders and local banks delivering more homes making best use of local land, materials and labour.
"200000 homes per annum by 2020 can only be achieved if we are to spread the build programme throughout the UK and ensure local companies have the access to finance and land.
"Local builders offer the consumer choice and generate demand for bricks and blocks and offer skilled jobs in the community where they build."
Funds totalling nearly £1.3bn have been allocated to boost the building of affordable homes across the country.
A total of 191 providers have been earmarked for funding. The new homes will be delivered across England, with almost a third in London.
The Homes and Communities Agency has earmarked £886m for 160 housing providers while Mayor of London Boris Johnson is handing £404m to 54 housing bodies.
The funding will deliver almost 62,000 homes of the 165,000 new affordable homes targeted by Government over three years from 2015.
The investment from government will be combined with private finance to deliver the £23 billion programme.
A fifth of the homes will be built using “advanced housing manufacture”, where parts are manufactured in factories before being assembled on site.
New Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said: “Housebuilding is an essential part of this government’s long-term economic plan.
“That’s why we have designed an ambitious new scheme to build affordable homes at the fastest rate for 20 years, which will support 165,000 jobs in construction and sustain thousands of small businesses.
“Our programme will use the latest construction technology to deliver high-quality homes, helping to transform the way we build in Britain, and providing homes where future generations will want to live and raise families of their own.”
Mike Leonard, CEO of the Modern Masonry Alliance, said: "The decision to build a fifth of homes offsite using public money is a disgrace and an insult to British industry and workers.
"Using public money to fund offsite construction using imported materials is 15% more expensive, costs jobs and will undermine any opportunities to attract inward investment to develop our UK brick and block manufacturing capacity.
"Timber frame homes present a higher fire load and have a predicted design life of 60 years. Masonry homes are highly adaptable, offer thermal mass to keep buildings warm and prevent overheating and are preferred by 93% of consumers. Highly sustainable Masonry homes are built to last 150 years."
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