Brent Council appoints Wates for £23.4m redevelopment

Wates Residential has been appointed constructor to a new £23.4m project by the London Borough of Brent, which will see 149 new homes built by December 2021

Contractors selected for £1.5bn Scottish housebuilding framework

Twenty building contractors have been confirmed for a £1.5bn local authority housebuilding framework in Scotland
Planning Protocol

Planning Protocol to unite developers and planning authorities in Essex

Planning departments and developers across Greater Essex have signed up to a new Essex Planning Protocol. The Planning Protocol is an agreement committing parties to working together constructively to facilitate the growth needed across Greater Essex
new buildings

May vows to halve energy usage in new buildings

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged that the energy usage of new buildings will be halved by 2030. The pledge was outlined in an extensive speech on science and the industrial strategy, delivered by May yesterday (21 May)

New masterplan for Sheerwater in Surrey submitted to council for planning consent

Thamesway Development Ltd have put forward plans to transform a post-war housing estate in Woking Surrey.
first-time buyers

More affordable homes needed to help first-time buyers

Following the recent publication of the amount of first-time buyers benefiting from the changes to stamp duty, David Baybut Head of Real Estate and Partner at national law firm Stephensons, considers the scope of affordable housing and says substantial action is still required
smart home

Research suggests tradespeople are unprepared for smart home tech

84% of tradespeople said they had never undertaken any training in smart home technology, according to a recent poll carried out by IronmongeryDirect
structural defects insurance

Insurance firm Alpha go bust leaving new homeowners at risk

Thousands of new homeowners have been left without vital structural defects insurance after insurance carrier Alpha goes bust
Raynsford Review

CPRE react to interim report of the Raynsford Review

CPRE welcomes a new interim report by former housing minister Nick Raynsford reviewing the planning system in England, which will be presented to the House of Lords today (15 May)
new build

London’s new build housing growth declines

Annual new build sales are falling in Central London and sales in Greater London also appear to be declining, according to LCP’s latest LCPAca Residential Index report
Home Building Fund

Stewart Milne Homes to deliver 500 homes through the Home Building Fund

Stewart Milne Homes North West has secured £11.5m from Homes England through the Home Building Fund to allow the delivery of around 500 new homes in the North West with a development value of £125m

Ambitious plans set to ‘revamp’ Edinburgh

Edinburgh Council is examining ‘ambitious plans’ to revamp the public realm of the Scottish capital’s city centre. Delivering the opening keynote at a Built Environment Networking event, the authority’s Head of Place Development Michael Thain said the city was in the middle of a building boom
rough sleepers

Brokenshire awards funding to reduce rough sleeping

Housing Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has announced new pilot projects in three areas of England to support getting rough sleepers with complex needs off the streets and into stable and affordable accommodation

RIBA: UK must build flood resilient homes

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has today (3 May) published a new report outlining what the Government needs to do to help create homes and communities that are resilient to flood damage

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