Planning & Construction News

Planning & Construction is a crucial and somewhat challenging part in the execution of construction projects. It incorporates a whole host of tasks, from the estimation of resources and duration of tasks to the choice of technology and predicted budget of a project.
Developing the planning & construction strategy is a vital task in the management of construction. It may also be helpful when making organisational judgments about the relationships between project participants and even which organisations to include in a project.
Our team of editors offer a wide range of planning & construction-based articles. We look at projects applying for planning permission, projects successfully completed and the planning system as a whole. There are plenty of newsy pieces and features delving deeper into the world of construction for you to get your teeth into… enjoy!

Morrison Construction, part of the Galliford Try Group, has reached a financial close on a £45.2m hospital project in Edinburgh...

Financial agreement reached on £45m hospital contract

Morrison Construction, part of the Galliford Try Group, has reached a financial close on a £45.2m hospital project in Edinburgh. Morrison Construction will build a specialist mental health facility/hospital on behalf of NHS Lothian through the Hub South East Scotland contract. The hospital will be situated on the western edge of...
communities

Communities leading on Place

When the Community Empowerment Bill has passed through the Scottish Parliament, it is hoped that more communities will engage in improving their area. Here, PAS outline how they can assist. Over the last few months, PAS (formerly Planning Aid Scotland) has been working with two communities to help them develop...
homes

PM announces 20% discount on first home

A new scheme will see 100,000 first-time buyers receive a 20 per cent discount on new homes as part of a major drive to help people onto the housing ladder. The Prime Minister David Cameron will launch a new scheme aimed at helping first-time buyers to break into the housing...
Bungalows can solve the rural housing crisis

Bungalows can solve the rural housing crisis

Rural communities face an urban exodus if a sustainable solution to the countryside’s housing crisis is not found. It is time for bungalows to be recognised as part of this solution says Henry Robinson, President at the CLA… Since the 1940s, house building in the countryside has stalled. For decades,...
Mortgage holders could cope with a rise in interest rates

Mortgage holders could cope with a rise in interest rates

The Bank of England has said the majority of homeowners could cope with a rise in interest rates. If interest rates rose to 2.5 per cent from the current 0.5 per cent, the Bank of England said only 4 per cent of mortgage holders would need to take any action. The...
Council brownfield can provide 1 million new homes

Brownfield can provide one million new homes

A new report has revealed that unused brownfield land under council ownership could house up to one million homes. A report by independent property consultancy Daniel Watney has highlighted numerous brownfield sites across England that could be utilised to build more than one million new homes. The report revealed that there...
Council approves 800-home regeneration scheme

Council approves 800-home regeneration scheme

Oldham Council has approved plans for a mixed-use development as part of the regeneration of Oldham Mumps. The site is located to the east of Oldham town centre in the area surrounding the Old Mumps Metrolink light rail stop. It will comprise of 150,000 square feet of new retail space,...
Quality landscape design key to profitable development

Quality landscape design key to profitable development

Good quality landscape design is the key to long-term profitable development as Noel Farrer, President, Landscape Institute explains. We need 230,000 new homes every year to cope with predicted population growth in the UK. That’s more homes than at any time since the post-war building boom. Or to put it...
Thousands of homes to be built on brownfield sites

Thousands of homes to be built on brownfield land

New figures released by Homes and Communities Agency have revealed that thousands of homes could be built on available brownfield sites. Figures published by the Homes and Communities Agency have revealed that thousands more homes could be built on brownfield sites in the future. By 2020, the government wants to see...
smarter printing

Smarter Printing for Construction

The construction industry was hit hard by the recession as housing activity slumped and building projects were cancelled. Recent months have seen a recovery but as construction businesses emerge from the downturn, many are uncertain what approach to take to printing. Construction companies need accessible printing that is dependable and...

Construction industry is “cautiously optimistic”

A new survey has revealed that confidence in the construction industry has remained cautiously optimistic despite a decline in the third quarter of 2014. A survey conducted by the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) found that overall the industry had a positive outlook about the future prospects of construction. However, there...

Planning loophole allows councils to be overruled

A report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has revealed that housing targets set for councils has enabled developers to bypass opposition and build on greenfield sites. The report, 'Targeting the countryside', examined appeal decisions for major housing developments built on greenfield land between March 2012 and May...
First wave of housing schemes to receive £1m unveiled

First wave of funding for housing projects unveiled

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has announced the first wave of projects that will benefit from a share of £1bn to unlock housing developments across the country. A shortlist of large-scale housing projects set to receive a share of £1bn funding has been unveiled today by Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. The...
Fulfilling the biodiversity obligation

Fulfilling the biodiversity obligation

The obligation for local authorities to protect and conserve biodiversity spans all activities but faces key challenges. Peter Dorans, Corporate Relations Manager at The Wildlife Trusts summarises their unique approach to assist with the current situation. Nature makes us feel better! Well-planned and thought-through development which integrates nature, bringing it...

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