When asked by Mortgage Strategy what he’d like to see in the upcoming autumn budget for the benefit of our industry, Gareth Belsham, Naismiths National Head of Building Surveying, believes “cash-strapped” planning teams within local authorities are due a boost in order to lend a helping hand to developers…

“If the government wants to even come close to achieving its target of building 300,000 new homes a year, it really needs to lend a helping hand to developers. Housebuilders are already constrained by the red tape and walls of bureaucracy imposed on them by cash-strapped local councils.”