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Industry Update – 21st October 2019

Industry Update – 21st October 2019

In its annual survey, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) says that the scarcity of land, access to finance, skills shortages, and inflexible planning requirements are major obstacles for small to medium-sized builders. Consumer demand continues to fall, primarily...

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Industry Update – 14th October 2019

Speaking at the Housing Market Intelligence Conference in London, Lord Deben warned the building industry there is no way of its escaping much tougher standards as the government strives to meet its declared climate change targets. Implementation of those standards...

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Industry Update – 7th October 2019

The government is claiming a significant success in the delivery of new housing. In the 12 months ending this June, a total of 170,000 new homes were completed – the highest number during any such period in the last 11 years and an 8% increase in the number delivered...

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Industry Update – 30th September 2019

Differences of opinion were aired at the National Housing Federation’s (NHF) annual summit over the provision of social housing. The chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) questioned the NHF’s assertion that greater priority needed to be given to the...

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Industry Update – 23rd September 2019

A recent survey reveals that 81% of housebuilders would like to see a limit on the number of conditions that may be attached by local councils to planning permissions that are granted. The survey results emerged during the Home Builders Federation’s Policy Conference...

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Industry Update – 16th September 2019

The uncertainty surrounding Brexit presents a number of challenges for housing associations, but it has not undermined their strong financial situation, says the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH). Housing associations together have some £20.4 billion in unused...

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Industry Update – 9th September 2019

Under pressure from the building industry, the government has delayed the introduction of new VAT rules. The changes – which had been due to be made on the 1st of October – meant that customers would pay the VAT directly to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) rather than to...

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Industry Update – 3rd September 2019

The new Housing Minister Robert Jenrick has pledged to carry further the crackdown on the leasehold sale of new homes. This follows concerns about high ground rents, the charges made for repairs and maintenance, and, difficulties faced by homeowners who want to sell....

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Industry Update – 19th August 2019

The new Chancellor Sajid Javid has promised more than £600 million in infrastructure projects designed to pave the way for the building of up to 50,000 new homes. The investment is part of a revamped National Infrastructure Strategy. Gov.UK. In defiance of a weak...

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Industry Update – 12th August 2019

Housebuilders Bellway reports a record number of new home completions in the past year to the end of July – a total of 10,892 dwellings, which is 5.7% more than in the same period in 2018. At the same time, though, it also warns that its operating margins are likely...

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Industry Update – 5th August 2019

The National Housebuilders Federation’s (NHBC) latest statistics indicate the biggest number of new registrations since 2007 during the quarter April to June this year when a total of 43,438 new homes were registered – a 12% increase over the same quarter last year....

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Industry Update – 29th July 2019

Housebuilders Countryside Properties report that it has completed a total of 1,055 new homes in the second quarter of this year – maintaining a similar output to the same period in 2018. The average selling price of its private homes remains stable at £374,000....

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Industry Update – 22nd July 2019

Housebuilders Linden Homes - part of the Galliford Try Group - completed 3,229 homes in the year to the end of June – a result it says reflects good performance despite a reduction on the previous year’s output of 3,442 units. The average selling price of a Linden...

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Industry Update – 15th July 2019

Wandsworth Council in South London is looking to appoint civil engineering contractors for a major renovation and upgrading of Wandsworth Bridge across the River Thames. New Civil Engineer. Following intervention by the Coal Authority, Persimmon Homes have been forced...

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Industry Update – 8th July 2019

New housebuilding starts (36,630) in the quarter ending the 31st of March were down 9% on the previous quarter and also down 9% compared with the same period in 2018. House completions were also down 1% on the previous quarter and 14% lower than the same quarter last...

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Industry Update – 24th June 2019

Sales of homes by local councils under the Right to Buy scheme fell by 23% in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same period in 2018, according to the latest statistics published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Gov.UK. Annual...

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Industry Update – 17th June 2019

The Government’s target of delivering 300,000 new homes a year is a figure plucked out of thin air, says the shadow Housing Secretary, who sees no prospect of anything like that figure being achieved. The Government’s spokesman countered that it was determined to...

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Industry Update – 10th June 2019

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP announced a simplification of the rules by which housebuilders are required to fund essential infrastructure for housing developments. The changes are designed to make it clearer to local communities exactly how much the developers...

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Industry Update – 3rd June 2019

The latest figures from the National House Building Council (NHBC) report a growth in the number of UK homes registered to be built with 13,527 new homes registered in April this year – an increase of 21% compared to same period 2018. Of these, private sector...

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