News this week that the new "ministry of housing" is starting the Government's anticipated enquiry into "landbanking". The property industry will hope that the committee will adopt a practical approach to identifying and addressing delays in housing supply, rather than simply pouring the blame on the housebuilders. 

 

The causes of delays are often multifaceted and differ depending upon the scale of development, local market conditions and the approach of relevant stakeholders. Whilst the housebuilding industry is not holding its breath for a breakthrough from this latest initiative it will hopefully lead to Parliament and Government becoming more focussed and better informed in its approach to tackling the problems.