Construction needs your voice!

Back to my voice for the industry theme and, in particular, Building Magazine’s Charter 284 campaign.

I read with interest over the weekend their articles about regulation burdening housing developers, and how the government let local authorities insist developers provide the social housing they needed, and the infrastructure to go with it too. Because residential land values could keep rising on the back of increased house prices it meant that these additional costs were just factored into the development equation, and it was people like you and me that picked up the tab as a result. The government could make a nice little earner out of it too! Well things have changed round now, house prices have fallen and if you factor in all of these regulations the land is worthless so the development doesn’t happen. If you’re a private developer on small site forget it too. If you have to build anywhere between 25 – 40% o social housing on the same site who will want to live there?! So it’s not a problem of getting a mortgage necessarily any more! And nobody seems to be able to work out what to do. Well apart from get Davis Langdon to give us the answer we already know… that these regulations cost money!

We wouldn’t have minded that commission…

Building does seem to have put forward some strong ideas though and I was pleased to see I got an answer published on Friday to my questions:

  1. When we have all signed up what are they going to do?
  2. It’s interesting to read that £1 spent in construction generates £2.84 of GDP, but is that better than, say, the car industry?

Well the answer is that when they’ve got sufficient numbers signed up they will take the arguments to the political parties before the election. And with regards the multiplier, construction is 3rd behind rail and health. The car industry ranks 5th! Couldn’t believe that! Why all the fuss with the car industry when we are far more important?! Come on everyone let’s do something about this!

So if you haven’t done so sign up to the campaign, and while you’re at it sign the petition at the Downing Street web site too!

Nuff said?!

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I’m now the Managing Director of Mynott Associates Limited my own specialist measurement business. I’ve been in the industry all of my life since I left school. My first job was with Bovis Construction as a management trainee where I trained to become a quantity surveyor. I’ve worked for contractors all through my career, I am FRICS, FCIOB and MCIHT qualified and act as an RICS assessor. I’m also a keen Arsenal supporter having followed them from a young boy

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