New home planning permissions hit 200,000 mark

Figures released today in Home Builders Federation (HBF) and Glenigan’s latest Housing Pipeline report show that planning permissions for 52,167 homes were granted in England during the first quarter of this year, a 19% increase on the 43,926 permissions in the corresponding quarter last year.

HBF defends Help to Buy over Carney's comments

House builders have hit back at suggestions by Bank of England governor Mark Carney that he might take action to dampen the housing market.

Building new homes is the only answer to the housing crisis, says HBF

Building more homes is the way to solve Britain’s housing problems, not imposing rent controls, the HBF has said, following Ed Miliband’s proposed reforms of the private rented sector yesterday.

Builders Finance Fund targets smaller firms

The £525m Builders Finance Fund promised in this year’s budget will go to finance 15,000 homes on “shovel ready” sites over the next two years, housing minister Kris Hopkins is claiming.

Britain 'already a million homes short'

Britain is already 1 million homes short of what a seminal report a decade ago would be needed to house the population adequately – and there is no sign of the gap closing up, the Home Builders Fedaration (HBF) is warning.

Planning permission total 'highest since 2007'

More homes were granted planning permission last year than any year since 2007, new figures from the Home Builders Federation suggest, while the final quarter figure for both permissions granted and new site was the highest since the first quarter of 2008.

Housing approvals 'up by 49%'

Planning approvals for housing development rose by 49% in the second quarter of this year compared with the year before, figures produced for the Home Builders Federation (HBF) suggest.

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2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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