housebuilding

Brexit uncertainty is causing housebuilding hold-up claims law firm Clarke Willmott

Uncertainty surrounding Brexit and land value losses is causing private housing developers to hold back on developments, experts at law firm Clarke Willmott LLP claim.

Government plans to build 13000 homes on public land

Ground-breaking new policy will see the government fast-track the building of thousands of affordable homes on publicly owned land.

Right to Buy extension won’t solve housing crisis says social housing sector

The extension of the Right to Buy programme for housing associations has come under fire from the sector which says that it won’t solve the housing crisis.

Councils should have greater power to build more homes, shows report

Councils can play a greater role in getting the country building, an independent review finds.

Labour announce plans to boost number of homes including fast track planning and help for small firms

Shadow housing minister Emma Reynolds will outline Labour’s plans to build more homes and help the next generation on to the property ladder during a pre-election debate at the Houses of Parliament.

Housing zones to be created in a bid to build more homes

The government has announced that 29 areas outside of London have been shortlisted to become the first flagship housing zones in England.

Persimmon launches military recruitment scheme

Housebuilder, Persimmon Homes, has announced a recruitment drive to bring up to 500 ex-military personnel into the business.

UK house building hits highest level for seven years

New house building figures released by NHBC show that new home registrations have hit their highest level since 2007.

House building propels SME construction sector, says FMB

House building is leading the growth in the SME construction sector but the industry has a long way to go to recover to pre-recession levels, according to the latest research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

New funding will get housebuilding work back on track, says governement

The government has launched a £3 million fund to help deliver up to 25,000 new homes across the country on sites that have been given planning permission but remain caught up in red tape.

House building continues to climb, but industry says more still needs to be done

The latest statistics published today show 36,230 new housing starts in England between April and June of this year, an increase of 18% on the same quarter last year.

Labour’s ‘Help to Build’ could assist small house builders

The Labour Party’s proposed ‘Help to Build’ scheme, which would provide government guarantees for loans to SME house builders, has been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) as a means to help more small house builders enter the housing market.

Planning system is biggest threat to further housebuilding, says HBF

Housebuilding sites across the UK are becoming ‘stuck’ in the planning system, with an estimated 150,000 plots at ‘outline permission’ stage awaiting full sign off by local authorities.

Fears grow over industry reliance on house building as construction activity falls

House building failed to sustain the growth in construction activity in April according to recent figures, despite it still accounting for a third of the total value of new contracts awarded.

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.

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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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