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Savills have published their annual Housing Sector Survey 2018 which analyses the pressures on the housing sector and the need for flexibility in how new housing is delivered and funded.

The report finds that the policy environment for housing has improved over the past twelve months, with 73% of respondents saying that building more affordable homes is now a priority.

Key findings include:

  • 64% of respondents who work in the housing sector believe their main priority is to deliver new homes;
  • 36% believe their priority is to manage existing stock;
  • Respondents from housing associations believe that the main groups they should be housing are: vulnerable households (88%), working households unable to afford to buy or rent in the open market (73%) and the homeless (67%);
  • 86% of respondents now consider the availability of land a major issue (72% in 2017);
  • 54% state that more grant funding is required, while 30% cite construction industry capacity and organisational capacity.
Head of Housing at Savills, Robert Gundy said “to achieve a real uplift in the number of homes the sector can build requires a new hands-on approach to planning and housing delivery. The housing delivery challenge is huge and the solution does not lie in doing more of the same thing.”