Let’s face the music and dance

James Parker looks at the prospects for house building and gives his forthright views on Brexit. Yes, the weather has been appalling in recent weeks – and certain world leaders might be more than troublesome – but you can’t blame... View Article

Expert comment: Plea to support small housebuilders

On 28 March, a plea was issued to the Government by a cross-party body, to support small housebuilders in a bid to solve the housing crisis. Steve Mansour, CEO of building insurance specialists CRL, has commented: “The state of the UK housing... View Article

The importance of branding in the built environment

There is no doubting the opportunities in today’s construction industry. The sector alone contributes nearly £90bn to the UK economy, which amounts to 6.7% of the wider total. But have you ever considered how important branding is for site developers... View Article

Brexit: NFB welcomes agreement on transition period

David Davis, secretary of state for exiting the EU, and Michel Barnier, EU chief negotiator for Brexit, said that the two sides have agreed on a “large part” of the transition agreement that will structure the “orderly withdrawal” of the... View Article

The housing industry reacts to the NPPF changes

Industry bodies have reacted to Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), which is out for consultation until 10 May. The revised document urges developers to build houses more quickly, with measures to penalise... View Article

Do we need a use it or lose it approach to landbanking?

Editor of Housebuilder & Developer, James Parker looks at whether government needs to do more to get housebuilding moving. Depending on who you listen to, the number of unbuilt housing sites with planning permission is either shamefully high or scandalously... View Article

NFB says: NPPF review is a step in the right direction

The Government has published the consultation document on the revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). The document, made up of 17 chapters, formulates 43 questions tackling the local plan-making process and some of the more prominent barriers to... View Article

Housing market stands on shaky ground

Murray Smith, Managing Director of SiteSales Property Group, a leading residential property sales and development consultancy in London and the South East, commenting on the results of the Nationwide House Price Index, said: “A slip in growth is due to stagnation in... View Article