A Chinese takeaway for Theresa?

According to Riccardo Dawson of the new-build sales platform Yourkeys, overseas buyers should be thanked, not taxed, as they kick-start housing developments, boosting the overall number of new-build properties. In political parlance, the housing market is broken. And the party... View Article

Tool theft spike

Tradespeople across the UK are losing out on thousands of pounds at the hands of tool thieves. Recent research from the FMB has found that more than half of builders in the UK have been victim to tool theft at... View Article

Letwin Review: SMEs are crucial to solving the housing crisis

The Letwin Review rejects criticisms of landbanking and welcomes calls from industry bodies to diversify the housing market and speed up house building on large sites. Small and medium-sized (SME) house builders have previously told the Government on repeated occasions... View Article

Bonfire of the planning rules?

Will the London Mayor’s promise to tear up planning help tackle the housing crisis and what does this mean for population density? James Parker investigates. At the end of 2017, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced he was “ripping up planning... View Article

Benefits and uses of a garden room

Restriction of living space within a home is an obstacle which many can relate to. This is often one of the reasons home buyers tend to move. When extending upwards, outwards or sideways isn’t an option, consider developing the outdoors... View Article

London councils offered more funding for planning

The Mayor of London has announced £10 million for ambitious councils that want to boost their role in building new homes in the capital. Building on previous positive announcements this year – small sites and SME house builder initiatives, increased... View Article

Brownfield land map tool will help tackle the housing crisis

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has identified and mapped more than 17,000 brownfield sites, totalling around 27,700 hectares, which could provide space for more than 961,000 homes. The National Federation of Builders (NFB) thinks that this tool has the potential... View Article

Leasehold reform comment

Robert Haigh, Director (Valuation Consultancy) at Chestertons comments: “The government’s announcement that ground rent will be capped at £10 per annum for any new lease granted on a flat or apartment can be seen as a positive for future buyers,... View Article

Skills time bomb ticks louder

Brian Berry of the FMB explains some of the reasons behind the construction skills crisis, and considers the negative impacts the recent government recommendations on immigration could have, post-Brexit. Few in this industry will be surprised to hear that the... View Article

From the Editor

You have to admire ‘Dancing Queen’ Theresa May’s strength. While navigating a seemingly impossible course between shark-infested waters of extreme Brexiteers and the EU, she also managed to announce something universally welcomed in her conference speech. Finally, they have scrapped... View Article

NFB: Government to reduce the human cost of late payment

The Government’s announcement of measures to tackle late payment will help the 74% of construction companies that have almost gone into liquidation because of the practice. The package of measures unveiled by the Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst will also... View Article

Building thin air – considerations when looking upwards

As London faces a chronic housing and land shortage, ‘air space’ or ‘air rights’ developments above existing buildings provide an innovative way of unlocking potential to deliver much needed housing in dense areas. In many instances, the freeholder and developer... View Article

SME constructors are ready made role models

How can we tackle the construction skills crisis if we don’t recognise and enable our industry role models? During the “Building the Next Generation: skills, diversity and the built environment” event – hosted by The Royal Institute of British Architects... View Article