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 in Birmingham. Housebuilder.
A total of nearly 5,000 housing projects – already completed or underway – continue to incorporate timber cladding, despite the known safety risks. These include 4,031 developments for private housing and 859 social housing schemes. 179 of them are buildings taller than six or more storeys. Inside Housing.
Leading government contractor Kier has disclosed annual losses of £245 million amid speculation of its future financial health. The declines follow on the heels of a pre-tax profit of £106 million just a year ago and have prompted the departure of the group’s chairman Philip Cox after just two years’ in the post. Financial Times.
According to recent research, more than 14% of people who have taken advantage of the current Right to Buy scheme are council housing tenants in receipt of housing benefit. For anyone receiving that benefit, the necessary mortgage is likely to have come from someone else – suggesting some might be profiteering from the scheme. Inside Housing.
Only 6% of homes built on public land that have been sold off since 2011 match the description of social housing. Although the government’s intention in selling off public land for the creation of 160,000 new homes (in return for an estimated £5 billion), the failure to build sufficient social housing is described as a missed opportunity. New Economics Foundation.
The Graham Group has won the contract – worth an estimated £3.5 million – for the first phase of Stockport Council’s redevelopment of the Merseyway shopping centre, itself part of an ambitious £1 billion regeneration scheme for the town. Building.
Plans for the demolition of part of the Ebury Bridge Estate owned by Westminster City Council have been branded as unscrupulous and underhand. London Assembly Housing Spokesperson, Tom Copley, has criticised the go-ahead for planning permission as an attempt to duck scrutiny by the Mayor of London and local residents. London.Gov.
When the government abandoned its zero-carbon homes policy, it left a vacuum of uncertainty among housebuilders. The industry needs to know the government’s intention concerning the lessons learned from the zero-carbon homes and what needs to be incorporated into the new Future Homes Standard. So says Alex Lochead, policy adviser at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Housebuilder.
A joint venture between the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Lovell Partnerships is scheduled to deliver 4,000 new homes on various brownfield sites across the region within the next eight years. It is part of the Authority’s target to build 215,000 new homes in the region by 2031. WMCA.
Vertase FLI has secured the contract for enabling works including the building of nearly 300 new homes on the redevelopment of the former Filton airfield near Bristol, made famous as the birthplace of the iconic Concorde supersonic aeroplane. Building.
Annual results published by Network Homes show a surplus of £72 million – the second-largest in the company’s history. This is a significant increase on the £44 million surplus reported last year and is on the back of a 17% increase in turnover (to £275 million). Network Homes.
Legal executive and company secretary, Jonathan Lagan, is quitting his post at Balfour Beatty after just six months’ in the post. Before joining the construction group, Lagan had been the legal director of superstore Tesco for ten years’. Building.