Speed up the planning process. Grant of planning is more critical for us than cost pressures at present.
Looking solely at our forward programme, we have 1,649 homes awaiting permission.
We have also seen additional constraints in delivering new homes which present both a timing and financial challenge.
These include nitrate neutrality/phosphates/water neutrality which all present a challenge to meeting our future development aspirations.
We’re playing our part in addressing climate change by reducing the environmental impact of construction and costs of living in new builds – considering the way new homes are built and run, can help lower household bills for customers.
All our newly built homes are being constructed to an EPC rating of at least B for energy efficiency which will make them cheaper to heat. But we’re taking this a step further. The introduction of modular homes in our development programme will play a large part in meeting our zero-carbon ambition and deliver multiple financial benefits to customers. We’ve agreed a partnership with BoKlok UK to build 300 modular homes a year over 5 years and our first site in Worthing is already underway.