PwC on the latest Construction PMI data and UK Budget support

Commenting on the latest Construction PMI data, which reveals a 10-month low in construction output growth in February, Chris Temple, PwC’s UK engineering and construction leader, said: “The UK construction sector is undoubtedly facing a number of domestic and external... View Article

Hill: Britain needs to keep building despite referendum outcome

Greg Hill, Strategy and Change Management Director at housebuilder Hill commented on today’s quarterly housebuilding figures from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG): “Today’s figures show a huge 23 per cent increase in housebuilding starts on Q4 2015, and an... View Article

Taking Passivhaus to the next level at Ecobuild 2016

The UK Passivhaus movement has strengthened its position versus other sustainability goals in the housing sector in recent months. Jon Bootland, Chief Executive of the Passivhaus Trust, explains how increasing numbers of housebuilders are embracing the gold standard of energy... View Article

Brandon Lewis: We are turning around the housing market

Figures released today (18 February 2016) have shown the success of government initiatives to give hard-working families across the country the chance to realise their ambition of home ownership. New figures show that more than a decade-long decline, starting in... View Article

Fast track planning urgently needed, says FMB

Government proposals to offer a fast track planning process for house building are needed urgently, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “It’s very welcome news that the Government has listened... View Article

New SDLT rules a ticking time bomb, says lawyer

A leading residential property lawyer in the Midlands has claimed residential property purchasers are confused and panicked as the new Stamp Duty Land Tax rules are set to be introduced in April. “Confusion, and panic, amongst residential property owners is rife,” says Alison... View Article

Council Tax misuse hitting SME house builders, warns FMB

Central Government must prevent local authorities from hindering SME developers with unfair Council Tax burdens, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned ahead of the Budget Statement. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “If the Government is... View Article

Planning permission granted at Ebbsfleet Garden City

Lee Evans Partnership (LEP) is working with Land Securities and the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (EDC) to deliver the next phase of the Ebbsfleet Garden City. The area, known as Castle Hill South, will include the first local neighbourhood centre which... View Article

Novus to deliver affordable houses in Stoke-on-Trent

Novus Property Solutions has been contracted to deliver 22 affordable properties at the site of a derelict pub in Staffordshire. The site of the former Woodshutts Inn pub on Lower Ash Road in Butt Lane was purchased by Aspire Housing... View Article