Planning & Construction News

Planning & Construction News

The latest UK planning & construction news, including development, management, housing, retail & town centres, development plans, market information and contributions from key authors such as Karen Alford, Peter Capelhorne and Peter Hansford.

new homes

Government will fail on its promise to deliver a million new homes

The Labour party has accused the government of dropping their pledge to build a million new homes during this parliament and failing to be transparent
modular construction

Modular construction versus traditional construction

MTX Contracts outlines the pros and cons of modular construction verses traditional building methods and how this can help the industry meet housing targets Adding more space to premises, be it a domestic property or another premises such as a clinic, school or college, comes at a price. It is expensive...
housing developer

Housing developer Shanly Homes fined £10k after damaging Redhill trees

A £10,000 fine has been levied at Shanly Homes after the housing developer wilfully damaged two protected trees on a site in Surrey
green belt

Green belt homes increase to 360,000 to meet government housing targets

The number of homes planned on green belt in England has increased to more than 360,000, leaving campaigners concerned
empty garages

Empty garages in London could be used to create 16,000 new homes

London councils are sitting on more than 22,000 empty garages that could be converted into thousands of flats for the capital
recruitment

Recruitment remains a concern but the construction sector remains optimistic

A new study has revealed the construction industry is more positive about the economy than other sectors but remains concerned about recruitment
black country

Black Country gains £22m boost to deliver affordable homes

A £22m government grant will aid in the delivery of hundreds of affordable homes across the Black Country for the next four years
rural homes

Rural houses must be a consideration in the Housing White Paper

The government has been urged to remember the acute shortage of rural houses in the Housing White Paper, due to be published this month
scottish planning system

Scottish planning system consultation has been launched by ministers

A new consultation into the Scottish planning system has been launched by ministers hoping to revamp and modernise the current process
laing

Laing O’Rourke reports pre-tax losses amidst restructure

Construction contractor Laing O’Rouke reveals it spent £23m restructuring the firm to ensure greater productivity and reduce costs Laing O'Rourke reported last month that the group made an overall loss of £246m in the last financial year, and Laing O’Rourke plc, which covers Europe and Canada but not Australia, also suffered...
Affordable homes

Affordable homes plan for Manchester could see 2,000 new builds a year

Under new plans from the city council more than 2,000 affordable homes a year could be built in Manchester for low income families
land prices

Land prices should be reduced to build affordable housing, says Shelter

Housing charity Shelter is calling on the government to reduce land prices to help with the construction of more affordable homes
staff shortages

Staff shortages and robotics among the issues facing construction in 2017

An analysis has revealed a number of issues expected to face the construction industry during 2017, including staff shortages, technological uprising and Brexit
Compulsory purchase orders

Compulsory Purchase Orders: a necessary part of the planning process?

Trevor Ivory, Partner and UK Head of Development & Infrastructure Planning, DLA Piper talks about Compulsory Purchase Orders