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"Despite the significance of housing supply to the national economy and general well-being, UK housebuilding has long been associated with a lack of supply, fragmented industry structure, overall risk-averse attitudes, a general reluctance to innovation, skills shortages, a slow take-up of sustainability and a less-than-responsive planning system.
"These features, coupled with the recent sharp economic downturn, impose significant challenges for the industry, today and in the future. Opportunities for delivering good quality, affordable and sustainable homes do exist, in parallel with a number of inter-connected drivers for change around the aspects of political, socio-cultural, technological and environmental development."