Council planning budgets should be ring fenced, says FMB

Council planning departments should be treated as front line services and protected from local authority spending cuts, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on the recommendations of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee Report on the... View Article

CML responds to Government starter homes announcement

The Council of Mortgage Lenders notes the Government announcement and consultation today on starter homes for first-time buyers. Paul Smee, CML director general, comments: “Mortgage lenders support measures that deliver affordable ways for people to access home-ownership. This new scheme... View Article

GGF reaction to Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

This week, Chancellor George Osborne delivered his final Autumn Statement before next year’s General Election in May. The GGF had written to the Chancellor eight weeks before his Autumn Statement announcement highlighting the GGF’s campaigns and raising Members’ concerns. In... View Article

Global House Price Index increases by 3.3 per cent

For the first time in two years the Global House Price Index came close to falling into negative territory, as slowdown in global house prices continues. Knight Frank Global House Price Index – key findings: The Knight Frank Global House... View Article

Autumn Statement reaction round up: Part Three

Autumn Statement: the final piece in the new homes jigsaw John Adams, head of planning at Deloitte Real Estate, comments on the direct commissioning of new homes announced in today’s Autumn Statement: “The announcement of ‘direct commissioning’ of new homes... View Article

Autumn Statement reaction round up: Part Two

Alvarez & Marsal, Tax team comment on the stamp duty reform structure Following today’s Autumn statement on stamp duty reform; Charles Beer, Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal Taxand UK said: “This is a fundamental reform of the stamp duty tax... View Article

Chancellor announces “growth zone” for Croydon

The council is delighted that the Chancellor has given the green light for Croydon to become a “growth zone”, recognising the borough’s importance to London and the south east. In his Autumn Statement, George Osborne announced the government would begin... View Article

BPF welcomes comprehensive CMA report

The British Property Federation (BPF) has today welcomed the latest report from The Competition and Markets Authority study on the provision of Residential Property Management Services. The report identifies that the majority of leaseholders have a positive relationship with their... View Article

Infrastructure announcement boosts housing, says FMB

Announcements made by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander MP today as part of the publication of the National Infrastructure Plan place housing at the heart of the Government’s long term plan and shows a welcome emphasis on... View Article

Housing Minister visits Pennywell site

Scottish Housing Minister, Margaret Burgess MSP, joined Edinburgh’s Housing Convener, Councillor Cammy Day, for a tour of the new 719 house Pennywell construction site in the north of Edinburgh. Pennywell is one of Scotland’s largest housing-led regeneration projects and is... View Article

Abode – urban living in a rural setting

Joint winner of the Sunday Times British Homes Awards’ Development of the Year (with more than 100 homes) Countryside’s Abode community proves that volume housing does not have to look and feel like a faceless executive estate This exemplary development,... View Article

More than just child’s play

For homebuilders targeting family property purchasers with young children, the addition of a play area to a new housing development can be a contentious issue. Make the right decision and a developer can create a high quality, attractive and stimulating... View Article