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Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
Report published; awaiting Government Response
Modern Methods of Construction utilises a range of approaches, such as off-site manufacturing and improvements to the supply-chain, and is intended to produce more, better quality homes in less time. Compared to more traditional forms of house building, MMC can improve predictability of work and costs, mitigate material shortages and the impact of developments on the local area. According to the Government’s Industrial Strategy, MMC has the potential to reform the residential construction sector so as to meet its target of 300,000 new homes each year, and 1 million between 2017 and 2020.
There have been challenges to implementing the strategy more widely. The Government has identified inconsistent demand in the housing sector and lack of collaborative construction supply chains in expanding MMC practices. The HCLG Committee found in a previous inquiry, Capacity in the Housebuilding Industry, that increased use of MMC would require greater Government support to give “lenders, consumers and builders the confidence to use new methods”.
This new inquiry will look at the benefits achieved by housebuilders who have used MMC techniques and some of the drawbacks that have been experienced. It will examine how national and local government can support the use of MMC by and encourage innovation in the sector.
The Committee is inviting submissions on:
Evidence given by Kit Malthouse MP, Minister of State for Housing, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Andrew Stephenson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Business and Industry, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director, Construction, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy , and Isobel Stephen, Director, Housing Supply, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee publish report on modern methods of construction