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 have contributed to facilities such as roads, parks, schools, GPs surgeries. Gov.UK.

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC), worried about the increasing age profile of those employed in the industry (30% are expected to retire in the next ten years) and labour shortages following on from any Brexit, has urged the direct employment of workers by employers to improve levels of training offered. Housebuilder

The Government reveals the imminent appointment of a national building safety regulator as part of its plans for the implementation of recommendations by Dame Judith Hackitt on fire safety and building regulations following the Grenfell fire disaster. Gov.UK.

At it approaches its six-month milestone, the Construction Skills Fund (CSF) has seen 1,275 trainees graduate in preparation for jobs in the construction industry. To date, more than 42% have received firm job offers from local companies – more than the initially forecast rate of just 30%. FE News.

Are investors in peer-to-peer lending schemes to be treated as creditors if one of the borrowers or recipient companies goes into liquidation? That is the question administrators are trying to resolve to the satisfaction of some 22,000 investors in failed peer-to-peer lender Lendy. Sunday Times.

Construction company Kier has warned that a fall in annual profits – from an expected £169 million to £129 million – is on the cards and the news sent its share price falling by more than 30% to a 19-year low. Hargreaves Lansdown.

The work of the Plant & Agricultural National Intelligence Unit (a crime-fighting unit sponsored by the construction industry, insurers and the Metropolitan Police to tackle the theft of construction and agricultural plant and machinery) has ground to a halt following a failure by the respective agencies to agree how it is funded. Construction Index.

Friends of the Peak District are celebrating a planning decision that prevents housebuilder Persimmon from developing 120 new homes at Leek Road in Burbage – a Peak District beauty spot near Buxton. The planning inspector ruled Persimmon’s plans in danger of causing “very serious harm to the area’s character and appearance”. Buxton Advertiser.

Plans for a partial redevelopment and creation of 230 new apartments in the upmarket 1930’s Dolphin Square housing estate in London’s Pimlico were surprisingly turned down by Westminster City Council in a move that ran counter to the advice it had been given by its own planning officers. Building.

Planning permission has been granted by London’s Barking and Dagenham Council for the construction of 500 new homes in the regenerated Gascoigne Estate in the centre of Barking. Eleven buildings will house 526 flats – 65% for shared ownership or affordable lets, and 35% for sale. Inside Housing.

Following spirited resistance from residents and activists, the UK’s largest housing association, Clarion, has cancelled its former plans to demolish the large Sutton housing estate in London’s Chelsea. The GMB trade union had earlier branded any demolition as a blatant example of “social cleansing” and “asset stripping”. GMB.

ForLiving – one of the largest housing associations operating in the northwest of England – is to build an eight-storey, 389 apartment block in the Ordsall Dock 5 regeneration project near Salford. Scheduled for completion in 2023, the apartments are destined for the private rented sector and include an onsite cinema, residents’ lounge and gym. Inside Housing.

The University of Birmingham is advertising for up to four contractors to share £130m-worth of its construction work. The contractor construction framework agreement will run for 10 years and could be worth up to £1bn in total, the contract notice says. Construction Index.