The pace of turnaround for new homes is hotting up. According to Government figures some 217,000 were delivered to the market in 2017 an increase on the previous year and the highest rate for a decade. But the Government cannot afford to let that rate drop. If the housebuilding sector is to make real inroads into delivering affordable, quality housing to all UK citizens then that rate has to be the norm rather than the exception it is currently. Which is easier said than done. Housebuilders are battling against a perfect storm of an uncertain economy, skills shortages and planning hold-ups. The uncertain economy will fix itself in time but the planning hold-ups and skills shortages may take a while longer. But fixed they must be.