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Reformed planning system boosts home improvements

As thousands of homeowners are taking advantage of reformed planning laws to extend their homes, TrustMark, the Government endorsed quality mark for tradesmen, is providing advice and tools to help homeowners and tradesmen to build and maintain a strong working... View Article

NIA welcomes additional £100m for household energy

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has welcomed today’s announcement by Government that an additional £100m will be provided to help fund energy efficiency improvements through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) but is urging all political parties to go much further and... View Article

CML responds to FPC announcements

The Council of Mortgage Lenders welcomes the Financial Policy Committee’s assessment to the Chancellor today that no changes are needed to the Help to Buy: mortgage guarantee scheme, which is working as intended, and not causing market distortions or any... View Article

Nearly half of homes with planning permission have yet to be built

Figures released 1 October reveal that, while 238,000 homes received planning permission last year, only 129,000 units actually started construction in the same period. Data from Barbour ABI, the chosen provider of the Government’s Construction and Infrastructure Pipeline, shows that... View Article

100,000 new homes exempt from zero carbon homes standard

With the 2015 election fast appearing on the horizon, the main political parties are using their last party conference before the election to introduce flagship policies This weekend it was the turn of the Conservative party to release their latest... View Article

BPF welcomes Help to Buy extension

The British Property Federation (BPF) has broadly welcomed the Conservative Party’s proposals to introduce affordable housing exemptions for developers in return for building cut-price homes for first time buyers. The BPF said that given the scale of the housing crisis... View Article

NHBC reaction to Ed Miliband’s policy agenda

NHBC’s Chief Executive Mike Quinton said today: “NHBC welcomes the commitment by Ed Miliband MP in putting housing front and centre of his policy agenda in his final party conference speech before the 2015 General Election. We look forward to... View Article
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