Barker's recommendations hold out the prospect of a clearer, simpler, faster planning process. At the review's launch, Barker put it in language the housebuilding industry loves: "We're offering opportunities to developers and landholders to make bigger profits." It is not an offer that government has ever made before, and it isn't without strings. In return, housebuilders will be expected to deliver more homes, built to a better standard using prefabrication. True, there is the little matter of a development tax, but Barker's bargain may be worth taking. She may not have the physical stature, and she is, of course, a she, but Kate Barker is the nearest housebuilders are going to get to a knight in shining armour.
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