Majority of Brokers believe plans to tackle the housing shortage have been set back by Brexit

Nearly two thirds (63%) of property finance brokers believe that plans to tackle the housing shortage have been set back by the Brexit process with 16% believing plans have been set back by more than three years.

With which of the following statements do you agree? Brokers
The Brexit process has set back plans to tackle the housing shortage by up to three years 47%
The Brexit process has set back plans to tackle the housing shortage by more than three years 16%
The Brexit process has had no effect on plans to tackle the housing shortage 37%

The most recent ‘Broker Sentiment Poll’ from United Trust Bank carried out amongst 100 brokers operating in the fields of bridging, development, mortgage and structured finance also revealed that less than a quarter (22%) of respondents could name the current Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government – James Brokenshire MP.

36% of brokers also believe that the Government has not done enough to communicate its housing strategy.

Paul Turton, Head of Sales – Property Development, United Trust Bank, commented:

“As well as creating considerable uncertainty for house builders, businesses and individuals, many believe that the Government’s efforts to navigate Brexit have caused it to divert attention away from some very important issues.

“However, more progress may have been made in supporting the Government’s challenging housing targets than you might think. For example, The HBF/Glenigan Housing Pipeline Report indicates that net housing supply increased by an unprecedented 78% in the past five years and the 361,971 new homes for which planning permission was granted in the 12 months to October 2018 was the highest moving average total since 2006.

“Other positives have come from the extension of Help to Buy and the refreshed National Planning Policy Framework which appears to be having a positive impact along with the removal of the local authority spending cap. In addition, Homes England’s enhanced role as a ‘housing accelerator’ with a reported £27bn to spend over the next few years should benefit SME housebuilders, large developers, local authorities and housing associations. By unlocking and enabling land and investing in infrastructure where required their aim is to tackle the development land shortage and get more homes built where they are needed. They certainly appear to have the appetite for change and the pockets to deliver it.

“It’s fair to say that there has been something of a revolving door at the Housing Ministry with five different Secretaries of State since 2010. It’s perhaps unsurprising then that the current Secretary of State for Housing, James Brokenshire MP, isn’t the most recognised of senior Ministers amongst brokers. On the plus side, it looks like good progress has been made on his watch, nonetheless.”