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Hand housing back to communities to solve the building crisis

A new report from cross-party think tank Demos calls on the government to support local authorities and help them do more to tackle the UK’s housing crisis, by encouraging community-led developments and pushing for greater transparency in decision-making. The report,... View Article
John Meaden

Home security – still a low priority for homeowners

Despite approved document Q – Security – Dwellings taking effect from 1 October new research from Toolstation, the trade and DIY supplier, has revealed that home security is a low priority for British homeowners. UK homeowners actually rated fitting draught... View Article

Self-build development for South London

RUSS, a community self-build group that aims to provide homes for those priced out of the housing market, has been named preferred bidder by Lewisham Council to deliver homes in Lewisham, South London. RUSS will develop a scheme of 30... View Article

NaCSBA hosts high-level summit at Downing Street

At the beginning of December the NaCSBA hosted a high-level summit at Downing Street where Council Leaders were urged to become ‘champions’ of self and custom build housing. The Council Leaders that attended the Summit heard from a number of... View Article

RIBA recognises the Flint House

The RIBA House of the Year was awarded to the best new house designed by an architect in the UK. The award, sponsored by Hiscox Home Insurance, was presented to Skene Catling de la Pena Architects’ Flint House. The house... View Article

WRC drain inspections: why? Servo Rod explains

When you are looking into building an extension, it can be easy to get carried away with the finer details such as decorating your new space, and the guests you can invite over. It’s important to know that before you... View Article

Six tips for avoiding blocked drains

It doesn’t take long for an unattended drain to become blocked, more often than not turning from a minor inconvenience into something much more difficult to resolve. In addition to these potentially costly problems, blocked drains are also unhygienic, leading... View Article

Montague House – the infill challenge

Never shy of a challenge, Debbie Callow decided she wanted to build a house in south-east London. Well known for its high property prices and limited land availability, Debbie knew she would have to take an unusual approach if she... View Article

Small homebuilders beware of VAT zero rating

Roderick Campbell, partner and head of Commercial Property at law firm Hart Brown, points out that a new dwelling may not always be VAT zero rated. Recently a small homebuilder thought that following the sale of a new property the... View Article

Potton’s ‘Self Build Live’ proving a major success

Potton, one of the UK’s best known selfbuild specialists, is celebrating the success of its innovative Self Build Live programme, which has already seen nearly 150 aspiring self-builders given ‘access all areas’ to the construction of Potton’s fifth show home... View Article

CRL and Capita launch innovative building services portal

Structural defects insurance provider CRL and Capita Building Standards (CBS), have joined forces to create a new client portal that streamlines building regulations and warranty services. The CBS Client Portal will provide a consolidated service for building regulation and warranty... View Article

Community self-build approval for south London homes

A community self-build group, the Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS), which aims to provide homes for those priced out of the housing market, has been approved to deliver up to 33 self-build units on an old school site in Lewisham.... View Article

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015 workshop

Around 50 housing professionals gathered in October for a workshop on the ‘Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act 2015’. The audience was given a run-down of what this new Act will mean and what the requirements are for councils. Gus Zogolovitch,... View Article

The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2015

Over 500 guests gathered at the London Marriott to celebrate the best of property design and development, demonstrated by winners at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards. The self- and custom-build sector was well represented with three winners in the... View Article
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