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Market Deeping developer shares problems faced by builders in getting materials along with inflated prices

Inflated prices and delays are some of the problems faced by developers across the area in accessing materials.

Builders are experiencing difficulties in accessing materials following issues created by Covid, Brexit and an increase in DIY.

Bricks, roof tiles, timber and cement are some of the products which developers and people undertaking home improvement projects are having problems in sourcing.

Luke Boekestyn (49287425)
Luke Boekestyn (49287425)

Luke Boekestyn, who is the commercial director of Market Deeping firm Burmor Construction, said that prices for some materials have been hiked up by 50%.

He said: “I would say it is at a crisis, we haven’t got the quantity of materials we need and prices are at an all time premium.

“In a normal year we would expect price increases but we are hearing of things like timber going up by 50%. These prices are unprecedented.

“Over the last couple of months we have been told by our suppliers about increased lead times in getting materials which are normally readily available.”

Brexit has played a part in problems with importing materials from Europe and manufacturers have had to increase production after factories were shut down due to Covid. However, problems have been increased by people undertaking home improvement works which have also taken vital supplies.

Lincolnshire County Council’s environment and economy scrutiny committee have also warned of the materials shortage. A committee report stated: “There are significant pressures currently being seen with materials.80% of contractors surveyed reported they had experienced issues with the supply of materials and products on their projects in the first quarter of 2021. These pressures are expected to continue until at least the end of the year.”

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