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Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
The deadline for written submissions is 30 January 2019.
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 James Dalton, Director, General Insurance Policy, Association of British Insurers, Charlie Blagbrough, Policy Manager, Housing and Mortgages, Building Societies Association, Neil Smith, Head of Standards, Innovation and Research, National House Building Council, and Mike Basquill, Associate Director, UK Residential, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Louise McGough, Senior Policy Officer, Housing and Land, Greater London Authority, and Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director, Land, Homes England (at 4.45pm).
There are currently no public meetings scheduled.
Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee look at the perspective of insurers on MMC compared to traditional construction forms