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Government publishes Housing and Planning Bill

The government has published its Housing and Planning Bill, which takes forward a number of proposals to boost homebuilding and home ownership. Although not widely discussed the Bill has made changes to the Self-Build and Custom Housebuilding Act, which was... View Article

Home Quality Mark: a positive step forwards for sustainability?

Stacey Cougill is the acting managing director of Eight Associates, a sustainability consultancy providing expertise and value added solutions to building owners and design and construction professionals The Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH), the national standard for the sustainable design... View Article

Industry reacts to the General Election

netmagmedia looks at the comments throughout the industry in regards to the electoral vote. Rob Oliver, Chief Executive (Construction Equipment Association) – comments as the Election comes to a close: “I think the prospect of some continuity in Government policies... View Article

Self-build – a Capital idea

Gareth Bacon is the Conservative regeneration and budget spokesman on the London Assembly. It is a fact that the majority of housebuilding in this country, for first-time buyers or otherwise, is delivered by large developers. This is not in itself... View Article

Budget 2015 response and comments part two

James Thompson, head of business rates at Deloitte Real Estate, comments on the announcement of 100% retention of the growth in Business Rates for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. “The 10 authorities making up the Greater Manchester Combined Authority have... View Article

BPF responds to the budget

Budget 2015: developers laud business rates retention as vital to solve infrastructure funding challenge and boost regeneration. Proposals that could see City regions retain 100% of their additional business rates revenue will prove vital in overcoming the UK’s infrastructure funding... View Article

Budget 2015 responses and comments

Experts across the industries leading companies have all had their say on the Government’s budget announcements for 2015. Michael O’Connor, partner, national head of infrastructure, projects and energy at Addleshaw Goddard, said: “Connectivity between cities will be key to turning... View Article

Call for VAT changes on new builds

VAT rules are undermining sustainable development by rewarding developers who demolish buildings and penalising those who refurbish. Duncan Baker-Brown, architect of the University of Brighton’s Waste House, Britain’s first house made almost entirely of thrown-away materials, is calling on politicians... View Article

Pilkington Q&A with Architect George Tsiantar

George Tsiantar, founder and managing director of UK-based practice, Tsiantar Architects, is based in Altrincham, south Manchester. Famed for offering a full range of architectural services since 1987, they have earned a reputation for creating bespoke, luxury properties, as well... View Article

Getting the building blocks in place

Focus on sustainability and the environment has never been more important, no matter what industry you are in. But, with research stating that the construction and demolition sector is the largest contributor to waste in the UK, according to the... View Article

Self-build property planning applications fall to six year low

Figures released by Barbour ABI today reveal that UK-wide self-build planning applications in 2014 have decreased by 28% compared to 2008. Barbour ABI, the chosen provider of the Government’s Construction and Infrastructure Pipeline, shows that 16,792 self-build planning applications were... View Article

Poll reveals the future of selling houses is online

A new survey revealed today uncovers that the future of buying and selling houses is virtual, with two thirds thinking the future of selling houses is online and one in six people stating they would choose an online estate agency... View Article
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