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Ready-made design details rolled out for masonry envelope joints
Ready-made design details rolled out for masonry envelope joints
Local Authority Building Control and the Modern Masonry Alliance have teamed up to draw up a free set of off-the-shelf design details to minimise heat loss at weak junction points in the building envelope. The suite of 250 registered masonry construction details is being targeted at smaller and medium-sized builders. Their use will allow builders a...
Local house builders must drive Lyons 200,000 homes plan
Local house builders must drive Lyons 200,000 homes plan
The Modern Masonry Alliance has welcomed Sir Michael Lyons' eagerly-awaited roadmap to build 200,000 homes-a-year by 2020. The independent review puts local builders and communities at the heart of the comprehensive housing delivery plan. His review recommends the formation of Olympic Park-style local 'new homes corporations' with power to...
Lib Dems set 300,000 new homes target with Garden City push
Lib Dems set 300,000 new homes target with Garden City push
The Liberal Democrats have pledged to fight to build 300,000 new homes a year driven by a string of new garden cities, between Oxford and Cambridge, should it form part of the next government. Speaking at the annual conference in Glasgow, Clegg laid down the gauntlet to the Conservative party - his Coalition partners - by putting forward his ambitious...
Tories pledge plan for 100,000 cut-price starter homes
Tories pledge plan for 100,000 cut-price starter homes
First-time house-buyers under the age of 40 are being promised a 20% discount on new homes if the Conservatives are re-elected, David Cameron has pledged. The Conservatives said their new Help to Buy Starter Homes scheme would stimulate building 100,000 extra starter homes on targeted brownfield land. The discount will be delivered by building the homes on...
Miliband puts housing at heart of 10-year vision
Miliband puts housing at heart of 10-year vision
Labour leader Ed Miliband has set out a 10-year vision for the country with house building and greener homes at its heart. In his speech to the Labour Party conference in Manchester today, Miliband said he would make housing a top priority for capital investment in his Britain 2025 vision. Miliband restated Labour's commitment to delivering...
Time to get Scotland building
Time to get Scotland building
Get Britain Building campaigners have called on all political parties to agree quickly on a robust devolution settlement following the outcome of the Scottish referendum. Mike Leonard, spokesman for Get Britain Building, said the time had come to draw up long term investment plans in Scotland to attract inward investment, stimulate growth and local...
Cross-party focus on housing and infrastructure will deliver jobs and growth
Cross-party focus on housing and infrastructure will deliver jobs and growth
Cross-party consensus on how best to deliver new housing and infrastructure projects would result in 200,000 new jobs in the construction sector, according to the industry's leading organisations. The call came at the launch of the Get Britain Building 2020 Delivery Plan which makes the case for using construction as a driver of jobs and growth and...
Further support to “Get Britain Building”
Further support to “Get Britain Building”
Housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has launched a£3m fund to speed up getting work started on 85 new housing sites. The site delivery fund will unlock development on housing sites that have been agreed but are suffering delays. According to Government estimates it will accelerate as many as 25,000 new homes. The funding will be available to...
Labour unveils Help to Buy plan for small builders
Labour unveils Help to Buy plan for small builders
The Labour Party has outlined proposals for its Help to Build scheme to harness the delivery capacity of smaller house builders. The proposed programme would provide government guarantees for loans to SME house builders. Labour argues this will overcome the single biggest barrier to delivering more new homes, which is access to finance on viable...
HCA sets out four-year growth plan and 2014 building targets
HCA sets out four-year growth plan and 2014 building targets
The Homes and Communities Agency has detailed how it plans to maintain the scale and pace of delivery of new homes and support economic growth over the next four years. The 2014 to 2018 Corporate Plan also sets out details of its £4.1bn spending programme and building targets for 2014/15. This includes delivering the new 2015-18 Affordable Homes...
Brandon Lewis promoted to housing and planning minister
Brandon Lewis promoted to housing and planning minister
Brandon Lewis has been appointed housing and planning minister following the latest government reshuffle. Lewis, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth, had previously been a parliamentary under-secretary at the same department with responsibility for local government. He takes over from Kris Hopkins, who lasted just 10 months in the job. Hopkins will remain...
House builders call for stability after Carney warns on housing market
House builders call for stability after Carney warns on housing market
Housebuilders have warned the Help to Buy scheme remains critical to boosting housing supply, after the governor of the Bank of England said an overheating market was the biggest risk to recovery. The house building industry said that it needs stability to deal with the housing shortage, not further tinkering with finance and support for buyers. At the...
Race starts for £525m small housing scheme funding
Race starts for £525m small housing scheme funding
The Government has paved the way for local house builders to start preparing bids for a slice of  £525m available funding to get small housing schemes off the ground. Bids will be invited in May for loan funding to restart and speed up “shovel-ready” housing developments of between 15 and 250 homes. Housing Minister Kris Hopkins today...
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...