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Chancellor puts housing at the heart of recovery plan
Chancellor puts housing at the heart of recovery plan
Chancellor George Osborne today laid out fresh plans to build an extra 200,000 homes. He acknowledged the important role smaller developers play in delivering housing with a new £500m fund to stimulate delivery of local projects. The new Builders Finance Fund will provide loans to smaller housing developers and unlock an estimated 15,000 housing units...
Labour's 'Help to Build' plan to galvanise smaller house builders
Labour's 'Help to Build' plan to galvanise smaller house builders
The Labour Party has floated plans to offer a Help to Build guarantee scheme to bring an army of smaller house builders back into the market. Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls said the provision of guarantees to help small and medium-sized builders to access finance could transform housing delivery. These firm have historically played a key role and used to deliver...
Modern Masonry Alliance calls for an immediate Cut in Vat on Major Home Improvements
Modern Masonry Alliance calls for an immediate  Cut in Vat on Major Home Improvements
Ahead of the Budget on March 19th the “Modern Masonry Alliance” has joined forces with 61 Industry Coalition partners to back the FMB led campaign calling for an immediate cut in the VAT on major home improvements. The aim is to stimulate the market, creating Jobs and growth throughout the UK. The move follows the launch of a new report,...
Hopkins announces £917m New Homes Bonus allocations
Hopkins announces £917m New Homes Bonus allocations
More than £900m will be awarded in New Homes Bonus for 2014 to 2015. Housing Minister Kris Hopkins has confirmed the payments, which will be shared among England's 353 councils. He said that since the New Homes Bonus began in 2011, councils will be receiving funding for delivering 550,000 newly-built homes and conversions, including over 160,000...
Government claims Britain is building again as housing starts jump
Government claims Britain is building again as housing starts jump
The Government today claimed its policies have succeeded in getting Britain building again after releasing a flurry of housing figures. Latest official new housing returns show starts up 8% to 32,230 between July and September, compared to the previous quarter. This is the fastest rate of house building since the crash and was driven by private housing up...
Milliband pledges house building revolution
Milliband pledges house building revolution
Labour leader Ed Miliband has promised to double the number of homes being built to 200,000, if his party regains power. The pledge to overhaul house building and build a million homes will be the centrepiece of Labour's manifesto at the next election. Labour also wants to harness the potential of hundreds of smaller house builders to crank up delivery...
Housing Summit sets the agenda for growth and sustainability
Housing Summit sets the agenda for growth and sustainability
House building is once again dominating today's economic agenda. Next month's Housing Summit in Solihull will throw the spotlight onto the big challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for an industry preparing for growth. The Summit promises to be the housing event of the year for both private and public sector house builders. It will also be a...
Volume builders promise Minister they will build more homes
Volume builders promise Minister they will build more homes
Major house builders have reassured housing minister Mark Prisk that Government mortgage support measures will lead directly to more homes being built.   The meeting took place as fresh figures showed that 12,500 reservations have been made through the Government's Help to Buy scheme up to the end of August. The scheme is well on target to deliver...
Free workshop for West Midlands based builders!
Free workshop for West Midlands based builders!
If you are a local Builder who has been unable to get back in to house building... We want to help you. Coventry University and the Modern Masonry Alliance with the help of European funding,have joined forces to create FREE interactive and informative workshops to not only support and develop house building activities, but to also provide guidance on how...
Government figures confirm starts up 6%
Government figures confirm starts up 6%
England's house building starts and completions both rose during the second quarter, according to the latest Government numbers. Figures from the Communities and Local Government department show there were 29,510 new homes started between April and June this year - 6% higher than the previous quarter, and a third higher than the same time last...
Part L reforms will hinder housing supply
Part L reforms will hinder housing supply
New building standards released this week will add costs and threaten to choke off the fragile housing recovery. The warning from the house building industry came as the Government confirmed reforms to Part L of the Building Regulations will be delayed until April 2014, six months later than intended. But builders and housing groups are warning that the...
£10bn housing guarantees open for business
£10bn housing guarantees open for business
The government today offered up to £10 billion in loan guarantees to get Britain building and deliver tens of thousands of homes to rent. The scheme has been designed to stoke the private rented sector as well as affordable housing schemes. Up to £3.5 billion has been made available to each of the PRS and Affordable Housing Guarantees. The...
Labour calls for £10bn house building boost
Labour calls for £10bn house building boost
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has called for a short-term rise in borrowing to fund the immediate release of £10bn for a major national housing programme. Mike Leonard, CEO of the Modern Masonry Alliance agreed, "Britain needs jobs and growth, and building 25000 public rented homes is the way to achieve it! In a speech on the economy today ahead of...
Revised Part L will hit smaller house builders
Revised Part L will hit smaller house builders
The Modern Masonry Alliance is calling on the Government to delay planned changes to Part L of the Building Regulations in 2014. The Alliance has warned that the changes would severely disadvantage smaller house builders while large developers could ride out its introduction by relying on pipelines of already consented schemes. Additional costs would hit...
Councils call for lifting of housing borrowing cap
Councils call for lifting of housing borrowing cap
Councils are calling on the Chancellor to lift restrictions on the amount they can borrow to fund house building in next month's spending review. Local authority leaders are urging the Chancellor to give the construction industry a shot in the arm by removing unnecessary restrictions on council investment in new housing. Research shows that councils...
London Mayor names 25 firms on £5bn homes delivery panel
London Mayor names 25 firms on £5bn homes delivery panel
Twenty-five firms, including housing associations in partnership with contractors and mainstream house builders, have made the London Development Panel to deliver a massive new homes programme over the next four years. London Mayor Boris Johnson estimated the selected firms would build £5bn of housing-led, mixed-use development on public...
Government names 45 projects for £700m Build to Rent funding
Government names 45 projects for £700m Build to Rent funding
Up to 10,000 new homes for private rent will be underway by 2015. That is the pledge of housing minister Mark Prisk, who today unveiled the first 45 projects to be taken forward using £700m in Build to Rent funding. Backers of the private rental building projects, a quarter of which are for London, can now go forward for final due diligence checks...
HCA smashes targets to get Britain building
HCA smashes targets to get Britain building
The Homes and Communities Agency has beaten its main delivery targets for 2012/13. Provisional agency year-end figures show the agency has hit goals for land reclamation and disposal and creation of office and commercial floorspace, and is on track to meet targets under the Get Britain Building fund. During the year it leveraged nearly £1bn of...
Big house builders say Help to Buy will see extra homes built
Big house builders say Help to Buy will see extra homes built
The country's volume house builders are preparing to build more homes in the wake of the launch of the Government's Help to Buy scheme. Some critics and commentators have warned that Help to Buy could do more to stoke house prices than building volumes in coming years. But several major house builders have backed the Budget initiative and confirmed...
MMA welcomes shot in the arm for housing
MMA welcomes shot in the arm for housing
The Modern Masonry Alliance has welcomed Government plans to give the housing market a fresh stimulus through its new Help to Buy scheme. As well as a £3.5bn package to help for those joining or moving up the housing ladder into new homes, he also unveiled an extra £225m for affordable housing and boosted the Build to Rent fund from £200m...