Our campaign

Forty years ago, SME house builders delivered 40% of our homes. Today, this figure is just 12%. Hit hard by successive recessions, our small and custom build members tell us that they struggle to access finance and land, and have difficulty navigating our complex planning system. Our campaign to remove the barriers they face has involved building excellent relationships both with the Government and Opposition, and building joint campaigns in industry to speak for the value and contribution of our SMEs. As we adjust to the impacts of the coronavirus, we know that investing in building new homes is a recognised way of supporting recovery in the wider economy.

We want to see:

  • A simplified planning system
  • Make more small sites available for SME developers
  • Investment in local authority planning departments to speed up the planning process

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Our resources

House Builders' Survey 2020

In 2020, the planning system has become the most significant barrier to increasing the SME sector’s output of new homes.

Small is beautiful: Delivering more homes through small sites

In this report we look at barriers to developing small sites and make practical recommendations on how local authorities and SME builders can work together to overcome these.

Guide to development finance for small and medium size house builders

This guide is aimed at helping you better understand development finance, where it sits within the housebuilding process and why finance providers look for the information they do.

Homes on our high streets

Recommendations to local and national government on how to unlock residential developments on our high streets.

How we are representing your views

  • Annual, well-established House Builders’ Survey, which communicates the views of SME house builders to the Government and media.
  • Regular private meetings with the Housing Minister.
  • Meeting with the Shadow Housing team, and regular meetings with cross-party MPs to convey your views.
  • Leading a cross-industry working group reviewing the experience of SME house builders, and jointly writing to the Housing Minister regarding issues with nutrient neutrality and the challenge for small house builders.
  • Regular meetings with senior civil servants in the Ministry of Housing and in Homes England.
  • The FMB has joined the Housing Diversification action group, which seeks to lobby the Government to support greater diversification in the supply of new homes, including more homes being built by SMEs and in the self and custom build sector.

Key achievements

Latest updates on house building

Get involved

Do you want to know more about this campaign or are you an FMB member and would like to get involved? Then please email our policy team.

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