A conscious decision was made within Whitehall in 2017 to develop more meaningful partnerships with offsite manufacturers across numerous capital programmes. Like many I have witnessed a positive rise in publicly funded schemes across healthcare, education, transportation and defence adopting MMC as an alternative to traditional approaches.
With the Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, recently revising the governments £12bn affordable Housing Programme, he has stipulated that at least 20% of new homes under the scheme will be awarded to manufacturers in this space.
And in enabling this to become a reality, this week, housing minister Christopher Pincher has instructed firms to research the various manufacturers in the market.
Many of the numbers behind this refreshed approach are outlined in the document below, and only today I read an article in the Guardian about the increased need to drive affordable living. The article cited that COVID has hit both the disadvantaged and ethnic minorities the hardest, especially in large towns and cities. It's a vicious circle, where these demographics are more susceptible to the virus due to location and where they're likely to work, but due to living in substandard living arrangements, the illness is likely to be exasperated.
It is hoped that the above is a redundant issue by this time next year. Sadly, one other issue that offsite technologies alleviate, sustainability and carbon footprint, is not.
A government representative confirmed that the vast majority of affordable home ownership homes will be for shared ownership and that the split between social and affordable rent will be decided at a local level. The announcement marks a rebalancing of government grant funding in favour of affordable homeownership tenures. Homes England data shows that between 2016 and 2019, 44% of grant-funded homes were for affordable homeownership, compared to 56% for rented tenures. Under the new programme, £7.5bn in grant will be delivered outside London by Homes England, which is over £2bn more than is available outside the capital under the current programme.