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"Britain had been incapable of building enough homes"
This has been a great week for the “Get Britain Building Campaign” with the Government setting out a number of initiatives to ensure we build the homes we need for the future.  The Government has clearly stated  an  intent to take on anti-development interests addressing the country's housing needs through  planning...
Housing Bill leads Queen’s Speech reforms
Housing Bill leads Queen’s Speech reforms
The Government's ground-breaking Housing Bill, seeking to extend home ownership, forms a key part of the new legislative agenda for the first all-Conservative Queen's Speech since 1996. The Bill confirmed housing as a priority for the government, and aims to make home ownership an attainable aspiration. A Cities Devolution Bill will also deliver the...
Housing starts growth eases after rising 10% last year
Housing starts growth eases after rising 10% last year
Housing starts have continued to steadily climb rising 10% to 137,010 last year, according the Department for Communities and Local Government. The latest rise comes on the back of a 36% rise on 2012 and 59% jump from the trough in 2009. But there are warning signs that the industry growth spurt is easing before getting anywhere near the output levels...
Treasury told councils should play key role in delivering homes
Treasury told councils should play key role in delivering homes
Local authorities should be freed to do more to stimulate building new homes, a report commissioned by the government has claimed. Written by  housing finance expert Natalie Elphicke and Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council Keith House, the report says that councils can play a greater role in the supply of housing and the push to get Britain...
Government shortlists sites for first 10 flagship housing zones
Government shortlists sites for first 10 flagship housing zones
The government has shortlisted 29 brownfield areas outside of London to become the first flagship housing zones. Ten winning sites across England will get new housing powers to make its easier and quicker to build new homes and receive share a £200m funding pot. A further 20 zones will also be created inside London, as part of Government plans to...
Government launches another plan to boost affordable housing
Government launches another plan to boost affordable housing
The Government has today set out new measures to bring fresh impetus to affordable house building. Its latest push on housing ahead of the election came alongside publication of the fifth National Infrastructure plan this morning and includes plans for a new garden town in Bicester. The new packages of measures will include support for construction of up to...
Local house builders given Government boost
Local house builders given Government boost
The Government has unveiled fresh proposals to help local house builders deliver small schemes. Its two-pronged approach will see the Builders Finance Fund extended to developments as small as five homes and Section 106 requirements dropped on sites or 10 homes or fewer. Communities secretary Eric Pickles said the move would help restore the sector which...
Government must entice more local house builders back into industry
Government must entice more local house builders back into industry
The industry is calling on the Chancellor to use next week's Autumn Statement to deliver a boost to housing supply by stripping away regulatory red tape and bring local firms back into the market.  The Home Builders Federation is calling on the Government to improve the efficiency of the planning system so that it delivers more permissions, more...
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...