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 deal to deliver homes for private rent

Housing Minister announced new deal to deliver newly-built homes specifically for private rent… The deal will be funded through the government’s £1 billion ‘Build to Rent Scheme’ in 6 different towns. The ‘Build to Rent Scheme’ is on track for work on 10,000 new homes for private rent to be underway...

Review asks how councils can build more homes

An independent review that is considering the role of councils in house-building has made its first call for evidence… Natalie Elphicke and Keith House, who are leading the review, asked for ideas and case studies about councils and housing supply. The review is investigating whether councils are building enough homes,...

Neighbourhood Plans research suggests the south more engaged

Research published by Turley has found that the take up of neighbourhood plans – a cornerstone of the Government’s Localism agenda – is concentrated in the south of England, generally in more affluent areas within Conservative-led authorities, with a mixed picture of providing for or resisting development… The Turley research...

CPRE welcomes Ebbsfleet ‘garden city’ plans

Following the weekend announcement by the Chancellor for a "garden city" with 15,000 new homes at Ebbsfleet. Shaun Spiers, Chief Executive of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said: “The development of 15,000 homes on brownfield land at Ebbsfleet is welcome news. England has a housing crisis and CPRE has...

Government announce plans to raise housing standards

Government plans will make it easier and cheaper to build homes to high standard… Currently house builders face a myriad of different standards to implement each time they build new homes in an area. Publishing the government’s response to its housing standards review, the minister said the move would remove this...

Planning Minister sees New Forest businesses in action

The New Forest National Park Authority welcomed Planning Minister Nick Boles and John Glen MP to showcase the thriving and unique Forest economy and the role of National Park planning... The Minister visited Beaulieu Motor Museum on 6 March and heard about other tourism businesses such as Limewood Hotel and...

Government commits to reform of planning system

In a written ministerial statement by Nick Boles, he has discussed the coalition’s commitment to reform on local planning… Below are his comments: The coalition government is committed to reforming the planning system to make it simpler, clearer and easier for people to use, allowing local communities to shape where development...

Greater choice for renting announced

Tenants are to get a greater choice of newly-built homes to rent under plans announced under the Build to Rent fund… Housing Minister Kris Hopkins published a shortlist of developments in areas including London, Manchester, Liverpool and Kirklees, which could benefit from a share of the £1bn Build to Rent...

CECA comment on unspent Regional Growth Fund Cash

The UK’s civil engineering contractors have said that unspent Regional Growth Fund cash would shore up the UK’s recovery if spent on infrastructure projects across England’s regions without delay… The progress report by the National Audit Office on the Regional Growth Fund shows that although some £492m has now reached...

ICE calls for greater flood investment

The upcoming Budget presents a crucial opportunity for Government to show its long term commitment to better protecting communities, businesses and infrastructure from extreme flooding events, according to leading engineers… In its submission to Treasury ahead of the March Budget, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) urges Government to return...

Experts tell PM floods could have been prevented

Environmental and planning experts have said some of the damage from the UK floods could have been prevented… According to a group of leading experts if the correct water management techniques had been used the effect of flooding on villages, towns and over surrounding land could have been prevented. In an...

House building set to surge in Stoke-on-Trent

Housing construction in Stoke-on-Trent is rapidly gaining momentum and is forecast to return to pre-recession levels within the next year as the city delivers on its bold expansion plans... House building in the city had reached a peak of 880 new homes during 2007/08 – just before the global banking collapse...

Whitehall releases its grip on unused public land

Whitehall departments have sold enough brownfield land to build 68,000 homes, the same number as in the whole of Blackpool, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins said today… Over 430 sites have been sold across the country. Every new home supports up to 2 jobs, so these land sales will sustain over...

House building is at its highest for 6 years

New housing figures confirm Britain is building again, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said today... The latest statistics reveal starts on new homes in 2013 totalled 122,590, up by 23% on the previous year, and the highest since 2007. Despite the poor weather conditions this winter, work on new homes in the last 3...