In December 2018, the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee launched a new inquiry into Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and its potential role in boosting housing supply.
Continuing its inquiry, the Committee announced it will take further evidence on 18th March, when it will hear from witnesses, including Barratt, Taylor Wimpey, and the Local Government Association (LGA).
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 one million between 2017-2020.
The Committee said that it will hear from house builders about where they have adopted modern methods of construction and the benefits they have produced.
It will further investigate the challenges to further uptake, including the need for investment, skills in the workforce, and planning regulations.
The Committee will also investigate how local authorities and housing providers view modern methods of construction in their planning.
During the inquiry, the Committee will hear from witnesses regarding whether local plans provide scope for MMC to be used.
It will also look at the experience of managing MMC properties in the long term, looking at how easy they are to maintain and the costs for repairs compared to traditional building methods.
The witnesses are:
• Steven Boyes, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO, Barratt Developments
• James Thomson, CEO, Keepmoat Homes
• Alun Macey, Head of Construction, Pocket Living
• Jennie Daly, Director, Group Operations, Taylor Wimpey
• Lord Porter of Spalding CBE, Chairman, Local Government Association,
• Wayne Hill, Director, Construction Services, L&Q Group
• Trina Chakravarti, National Housing Federation