The government’s “Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission” has had four new commissioners appointed. The Commission advises the government by developing practical measures to ensure new housing developments meet the needs and expectations of communities, making them more likely to be welcomed rather than resisted. UK Gov

PLATFORM has obtained planning permission for 200+ homes in central Cardiff.  The main contractor has not yet been confirmed for the project, which will entail the development of one and two-bedroom properties around a residents’ lounge, gym and communal roof terraces. Construction Enquirer

The government has announced a £9 million financial injection aimed at speeding-up locally driven developments of new garden towns and villages throughout the country. Named “The Garden Communities Project”, the objective is to deliver 200,000 properties in appropriate locations by 2050. UK Gov

Another government announcement relates to a £250 million investment aimed at delivering close to 25,000 more homes. Up to £157 million is allocated to housing infrastructure in Cumbria and Devon. Other key points include 10,000 homes built on Ministry of Defence land and the conclusion of an initial deal to deliver homes rapidly as part of the “accelerated construction programme”. UK Gov

Jennie Daly, Group Operations Direction at Taylor Wimpey Group has highlighted “quality” as being one of the biggest challenges faced by the industry. Daly said that housebuilders’ customer relationships had suffered, due in part to the industry “chasing land during the difficult years”. House Builder

Five contractors are in the running to secure the first major works package at the £1bn East Bank cultural development on Stratford Waterfront. Byrne Bros, Kilnbridge, Careys (who are already working on the Stratford Waterfront project), Expanded, and McGee are on the list of firms hoping to land the £26m structural frame and roof works contract to build the University of the Arts London’s new London College of Fashion. Building

Building contractor United Living and Leeds City Council are proposing to build what they believe will be the UK’s largest modular council housing development at Leeds Meynell, in Holbeck. If approved, the scheme will see 28 homes constructed in less than nine months. Construction Index

Kit Malthouse, Housing Minister, has appealed for a “golden period of housebuilding” in the industry, citing housebuilders as “building the conservation areas of the future” to win the hearts and minds of local communities. House Builder

The government also announced plans for the development of public-sector land with the objective of bringing forward 10,000 new homes with 4,000 new jobs plus the ambition to save £37million in running costs. Highlights of the proposals include a £15million investment bringing forward new proposals on over 100 sites across the country and a public estate programme which is in the process of freeing-up land for the development of over 3,000 new homes throughout England. UK Gov

Lendlease has been confirmed as the winner of Peabody’s £8bn Thamesmead Waterfront regeneration project in a 30-year deal. Beating off competition from Morgan Sindall, the project will include 11,500 new homes located in the borough of Greenwich. London. Building

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse has announced a £6 million financial injection to increase affordable homes help available to various groups in England. The measures include government-financed training and consultancy to assist communities to initiate local housing developments and the community-led sector which is expected to deliver 5,000+ homes within the next 5 years. UK Gov

Birmingham City Council has announced a major scheme based around the existing Ladywood Estate. The council is searching for a partner to produce a plan to deliver family housing together with improved public spaces plus community facilities. The current 1960’s estate has around 1,000 homes, of which two-thirds are council owned. Construction Enquirer

The Office for National Statistics reports UK house price inflation evidenced a further braking in the year to December 2018, notably in the South and East of England’s markets. The average UK home’s price rose by 2.5% to £231,000. That is the slowest annual growth rate since July 2013. Daily Mail