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 build homes are increasingly seeing major faults, say 51 per cent of homeowners

New build homes: 51 per cent of homeowners report faults on properties

A new survey has revealed more than half of new build homes in England have experienced problems with construction, fittings and utilities
Planning application fees increase opposed by Scottish housebuilders

Planning application fees increase opposed by Scottish housebuilders

A proposal from the Scottish government to raise planning application fees has been challenged by housebuilders
Construction industry sees slight growth in February but costs continue to soar

Construction industry sees slight growth in February but costs continue to soar

February gives a mixed picture for the construction industry with growth offset by a slowdown in new orders and rapidly rising costs
Can high-rise accommodation play a role in tackling the housing shortage?

Can high-rise accommodation play a role in tackling the housing shortage?

A new study has been launched to examine if post-war high-rise public housing can help solve the chronic housing shortage
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New build homes are out of reach for 80 per cent of working families

Research has revealed that some 80 per cent of working families are unable to afford to buy new build homes, even with government help schemes
Costain sees profit boom as infrastructure spending grows

Costain sees profit boom as infrastructure spending grows

Contractor Costain has reported a growth in profits as it focuses its attention on infrastructure and utilising technology-based solutions
CIOB joins Build UK to deliver a joined-up construction sector

CIOB joins Build UK to deliver a joined-up construction sector

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has become a member of Build UK, creating greater unity in the construction sector
House completions grow four per cent as profits hit £775m, says Persimmon

House completions grow four per cent as profits hit £775m, says Persimmon

Housebuilder Persimmon has revealed it saw a profit growth as the number of house completions also rose four per cent
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Housebuilders can keep track of offsite construction developments via a new hub

The NHBC has launched a new website that enables housebuilders to track developments in modern methods of construction
Housing starts hit 9 year high

Housing starts hit a nine-year high, but is it enough to help tackle the...

New government data has revealed the number of housing starts rose again last year, pushing figures to the highest level seen since 2007
Barratt Developments

Barratt Developments sees profits rise as home completions fall

Profits jump for housing firm Barratt Developments in the six months to 31 December 2016, but the total number of completions fall
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Homes and Communities Agency board appoints four new members

The Homes and Communities Agency has gained four new members as it continues to deliver new homes
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Construction industry needs to employ one new worker every 77 seconds

In order to meet housing and infrastructure targets the construction industry needs to hire two million new workers in the next five years
Galliford Try sets out four year strategy

Galliford Try sets new profit targets as part of a four year strategy

Construction firm Galliford Try is aiming to hit a two per cent profit margin by 2021 as part of a new strategy to overcome the drag from legacy contracts