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!

Damage and the Party Wall Act

When damage is done through party wall building activities, the Party Wall Act can sometimes not cover the issue. Sara Burr, Chair of The Pyramus and Thisbe Club explains. Surveyors only need to get involved in a disagreement by agreeing the extent of damage and remedial repairs and who is...
Planning for SuDs

Planning for sustainable drainage systems

Sam Ibbott, Deputy Public Affairs Director at Environmental Industries Commission examines the latest government consultation on SuDs and the new approach of delivering it through the planning system. The photo-op, when staged, can be a politicians dream. If you follow politics, particularly at a local level, they can often be...
The Disintegration of the Housing Debate

The Disintegration of the Housing Debate

In addressing the urgent need for more housing, Professor of Environment and Spatial Planning, Alister Scott believes that key participants in the housing question need to embrace the economic, social and environmental drivers of development in a more joined-up discussion. As we move inexorably towards the general election in 2015,...
Taylor Wimpey reports house prices are slowing

Taylor Wimpey reports house prices are slowing

UK house building firm Taylor Wimpey has said house prices are growing more slowly and that the boom which made property unaffordable is now ebbing. The Nationwide building society recorded an 8.3 per cent rise in the average UK house price in 2014. However, forecasts of higher interest rates, coupled...
Balfour signs £32m Liverpool Baltic Triangle scheme

Balfour will deliver £32m residential scheme

A £32m contract to build a three-tower residential development in Liverpool city centre has been signed by Balfour Beatty. Construction company Balfour Beatty will deliver 342 apartments across the three towers, which will stand at 12, 10, and 8 storeys. The Baltic Triangle scheme, which is being carried out on behalf...
first

First-time buyers are at the highest level in seven years

The Halifax has reported that the number of first-time buyers in 2014 reached the highest level since 2007, despite rising house prices. Figures from the Halifax estimate that a total of 326,500 people bought their first house or flat in 2014. This was a rise of 22 per cent compared...
New easy guide to the planning system released

New easy guide to the planning system released

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has published a new plain English guide to explain how the planning system in England works. It is hoped that the new guide will help local people to get involved in the debate over what is built in their neighbourhood. The guide will offer simple...
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,...

Related Guides & Reviews

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!