Is this really the answer to our ills?
The Government's latest plans to boost the economy are controversial – not least because many would argue that they seem superficial and more about grabbing headlines than providing any real long-term solution to the country's ills.
Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy, Nick Clegg, want to relax the planning rules to get local authority planning officers "off people's backs" to stimulate the building of homes and extensions.
Planning officers are an easy target and it is an unworthy jibe. There is no evidence to suggest they do anything other than deal with plans allowing for the rules and guidelines that have been applied, often through Government.
In fact, figures show that planning permission has been given for 400,000 homes that have not yet been built.
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Let's get one thing clear – the construction industry has been massively hit by the recession and is in need of a stimulus. It is also a proven fact that an expanding construction industry can kick-start the economy.
However, the problem is not the planning rules – it is the cost of homes. Mortgages today often have the requirement for a deposit of 20 per cent when buying a home.
This level of deposit is out of the reach for the vast majority of first-time buyers. Those lucky enough to find the home of their dreams at just £100,000 will have to save £20,000 as a deposit.
Housebuilders and developers are well aware of this and know there is little point in building homes no-one can afford. Just who would be buying all these new homes?
The Government has offered to extend its FirstBuy scheme to a further 16,500 first-time buyers to help with this problem.
It is frankly a pin-prick as far as the total numbers are concerned and is likely to make little difference.
The real gem in the raft of Government measures is the proposed relaxing of the rules to allow people to build slightly larger extensions without needing planning permission.
It is frankly difficult to believe that this minor change will suddenly see thousands building extensions and providing the kick-start the economy needs.