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March 1, 2012

Broadway launches property fund for homeless

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by Gill Montia

Broadway launches property fund for homeless
Broadway has launched the first property fund to buy accommodation to support homeless people in London. Resonance, a fund management business specialising in impact investments, will manage the fund which will support the charity’s Real Lettings operation. This currently provides 220 flats in ...

February 2, 2012

NewBuy Guarantee scheme launches in March

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by Gill Montia

NewBuy Guarantee scheme launches in March
Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, has unveiled a range of measures aimed at helping first-time buyers and boosting prospects for house builders. From March, the NewBuy Guarantee scheme will be on hand to help those buying newly-built properties. The scheme brings lenders, builders and ...

November 21, 2011

New housing strategy full of promise

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by Gill Montia

New housing strategy full of promise
The Government has set out a new strategy to tackle England's housing shortage by breaking the current cycle in which lenders won't lend, builders can't build and buyers can't buy. At the heart of the strategy is a new-build indemnity scheme that ...

November 3, 2011

Urgent call for new housing development model

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by Gill Montia

Urgent call for new housing development model
Government attempts to tackle the national housing shortfall are doomed to failure, according to real estate specialist, DTZ. Reforms to the planning system, the release of public land and even improvements in mortgage finance are all well and good. However, they are ...

October 18, 2011

Brownfield development to lose tax relief

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by Gill Montia

Brownfield development to lose tax relief
The British Property Federation (BPF) is promoting a "brownfield first" approach to development, arguing that this not only protects the environment but comes with added social and economic benefits. Speaking yesterday to a committee of MPs charged with scrutinising the Government’s proposed ...

October 11, 2011

Self build captures the imagination

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by Gill Montia

Self build captures the imagination
Britons are as keen as ever to build their own homes and over 20 building societies either have specific self-build mortgages or will consider self-build projects. New research from the Building Societies Association (BSA) indicates that 50% of us relish ...

October 9, 2011

Communities gain right to reclaim land

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by Gill Montia

Communities gain right to reclaim land
Rapid progress is being made in releasing public land for new homes, according to Housing Minister, Grant Shapps. The minister recently ordered an audit of government departments' land banks with the aim of providing plots to build 50,000 new homes. Various government departments ...

September 30, 2011

Construction suppliers hazy on sustainability

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by Gill Montia

Construction suppliers hazy on sustainability
Leading businesses in the building products sector are calling for more support and vision from Government on sustainability. New research by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Construction Products Association found that while 91% of firms questioned recognise the growing importance of green credentials for ...

September 14, 2011

Architects attack “shoe box” new homes

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by Gill Montia

Architects attack
Thousands of brand new homes are failing to provide the space families need, according to research from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The average new three-bedroom property built by one of the UK’s top housing developers is around 8% smaller ...

August 29, 2011

Fall in greener homes building costs

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by Gill Montia

Fall in greener homes building costs
Building new homes to greener, low-carbon standards costs less each year, according to a new report from Communities Minister, Andrew Stunell. Research based on interviews with developers and the latest developments in environmental technologies show the additional costs associated with the Government's ...

August 26, 2011

New home planning permissions a paltry 25,000

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by Gill Montia

New home planning permissions a paltry 25,000
Figures from the Home Builders' Federation (HBF) show the number of residential planning permissions granted in England falling to just 25,000 in the second quarter of 2011, when around 60,000 homes per quarter are needed to meet the country's housing ...

August 24, 2011

Persimmon: housing market stable

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by Gill Montia

Persimmon: housing market stable
Persimmon legally completed 4,439 house sales in the first six months of 2011, with the total down from 4,657 in the same period of 2010. However, weekly sales rates from 30th June have been running 4% ahead of the prior year, with a ...

July 26, 2011

Government publishes Planning Policy Framework

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by Gill Montia

Government publishes Planning Policy Framework
The Government has published a National Planning Policy Framework which aims to safeguard the environment, while meeting the need for sustainable growth. According to Planning Minister, Greg Clark, current national planning policy is lengthy and complex, whereas the new Framework sets out government ...

July 14, 2011

“Staycations” push demand for second homes

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by Gill Montia

A shift away from holidays abroad to the "staycation" has accelerated second-home ownership in the UK, according to Knight Frank. The estate agent's latest research reveals that second-home ownership in England was at its second-highest level on record in 2010, hitting a ...

July 5, 2011

Persimmon: housing market “stable”

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by Gill Montia

Persimmon: housing market
Housing market conditions have been stable during the first half of the year, a leading UK housebuilder reports. During the six months to the end of June, Persimmon legally completed 4,439 homes (2010: 4,657) while its forward order book nudged ahead of the ...


House building activity falters

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by Gill Montia

House building activity falters
UK house building activity fell in June, compared with May, as house prices continued to slide and employment levels in the construction sector overall declined at their fastest rate since January. According to the Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index, the industry has been hit by ...

July 2, 2011

Building standards under scrutiny

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by Gill Montia

Building standards under scrutiny
A new steering group has been set up jointly by the Local Government Group and Home Builders' Federation to look at reducing the complexity of UK home building standards. Sir John Harman, a former Environment Agency chairman, will head the group, which will: Oversee ...

July 1, 2011

Taylor Wimpey: improvement in mortgage lending

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by Gill Montia

Taylor Wimpey: improvement in mortgage lending
Taylor Wimpey says it is "very pleased" with its ongoing performance improvement in the UK, where it has continued to see stability since April. In a trading update, the housebuilder's group chief executive, Pete Redfern, commented: "There are ongoing signs ...

June 25, 2011

Savills and Willmott Dixon promise new purpose built rented housing

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by Gill Montia

Savills and Willmott Dixon promise new purpose built rented housing
Two well-known names in the UK property market are launching a joint venture to develop a portfolio of private-rented housing across England. Property adviser, Savills, and developer, Willmott Dixon, will operate through regional partnerships with ...

June 21, 2011

Lenders need to support self-build “revolution”

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by Gill Montia

Lenders need to support self-build
Housing Minister, Grant Shapps, is calling on the country’s biggest mortgage lenders to back a self-build "revolution" and lend more to those who want to build their own homes. According to the minister, much needed affordable and sustainable homes could result from ...