Green report says London’s housing policy is failing Londoners

According to the London Green Party’s ‘Crumbs for Londoners’ report the city’s unsustainable housing policy is failing potential homeowners, who are being priced out of the capital’s overheating property market and into ‘the clutches of unscrupulous investor-owners’. The report calls... View Article

Are sales brochures worth the paper they are printed on?

Since internet property search portals and home search apps have become an essential part of the property pre qualification process, sustainable homebuilders have questioned the need to produce printed marketing brochures. As one of the country’s only CarbonNeutral marketing communication... View Article

Zero carbon costs halve

A new study from the Zero Carbon Hub has identified that the extra cost of building a zero carbon home has halved. The study reviewed the additional cost of building to the proposed zero carbon standard compared to Part L... View Article

On the Crest of a wave

Environmental housing thought leader Crest Nicholson has marked its return to the public markets with a strong set of results for the year ending October 2013. With pre-tax profit in the period up 40 per cent to £86.8 million and turnover... View Article

How housebuilders are responding to the big wet

When I bought my brand new home 17 years ago, based on expert climate advice I created a drought resistant garden – the majority of which has just drowned. With large parts of the country currently still underwater the question... View Article

RICS UK Residential Market Survey, January 2014

RICS believe that a shortage of homes coming onto the market is seriously slowing growth and inflating property prices in many parts of the country. During January, the number of properties placed on the market hit its lowest point since... View Article

Countryside Properties merges with Millgate Developments

Countryside Properties, one of the south of England’s leading residential developers, and premium housebuilder Millgate Developments have merged following the acquisition of Millgate by Oaktree Capital Management, Countryside’s parent company. Millgate’s premium product range will be offered on new and... View Article

Pressure growing to improve value for money

Patrick Mooney of Mooney Thompson Consulting comments. With £25 billion of extra savings being planned for the welfare benefit budget, the social housing sector is bracing itself for a growing focus on cuts in spending and delivering greater value for... View Article

McCarthy & Stone announces new chief executive officer

Retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone has appointed Clive Fenton as its new chief executive officer. Clive Fenton is currently chief executive of central London residential property developer Mount Anvil and will take the reins from Mark Elliott, who oversaw the... View Article

Labour aim to assemble army of small housebuilders

In her first speech since becoming the Labour Shadow Housing Minister, Emma Reynolds MP, confirmed that housing is now at the centre of the political debate and will be a key priority for Labour at the next election. Speaking to... View Article

BPF comments on English Housing Survey rental figures

The British Property Federation comments on the English Housing Survey’s findings that in 2012-13, the private rented sector overtook the social rented sector to become the second largest tenure in England. Ian Fletcher, Director of Policy at the British Property... View Article

Genworth comments on the BBA high street banking figures

Simon Crone, Vice President – Commercial Mortgage Insurance Europe for Genworth, the UK’s leading mortgage insurance provider, comments on growing numbers of mortgage approvals: “Conditions are turning in the mortgage market and there is no mistaking the huge role that... View Article