30 Nov 2021

Material Shortages add to the SME housebuilder burden

The major barriers affecting SME housebuilders:


  • 94% agreed delays in securing planning permission
  • 90% believe a lack of resource in local authority planning departments is a major barrier
  • 78% believe the supply and cost of materials is a major barrier
  • 59% think the same of the supply and cost of labour
  • This is a significant increase on 2020’s figures of 20% and 19% respectively

Materials supply chain issues caused by:


  • Uneven demand due to Covid restrictions
  • Suez Canal closure earlier this year
  • Big freeze in Texas last winter
  • Disruption at Chinese ports
  • HGV driver shortage
  • Energy crisis


Housebuilder Magazine – November 2021


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