Planners demand urgent clarification on funding

Planners demand urgent clarification on funding The chief executive of the Royal Town Planning Institute has called for urgent clarification on how planning departments will be funded following yesterday’s announcement by the Treasury that it is scrapping its multi-year Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR). In a letter to Rishi Sunak, Victoria Hills, said that while she understood the…

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Newhaven gets new modular council housing development

Newhaven gets new modular council housing development A new modular council development in Newhaven, East Sussex, is being hailed as a ‘game changer’ for social housing and a window on the future of residential schemes.  The entire development consists of 36 modules constructed within the Boutique Modern factory in Newhaven and craned into place. Families currently…

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Two thirds of SME housebuilders lower growth projections

Two thirds of SME housebuilders lower growth projections One of the most comprehensive surveys of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) housebuilders, conducted by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and Close Brothers Property Finance, has found that: Two thirds of SME housebuilders (65%) have said their growth projections are down due to COVID-19 – close to…

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Miller Homes recruitment supporting women in construction

Miller Homes recruitment supporting women in construction At Miller Homes’ headquarters in Yorkshire, the housebuilder is paving the way for female construction workers with a number of key roles now filled by women. With its extensive portfolio of live developments in its divisions across the UK, the housebuilder is welcoming an increased number of women…

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Investment in construction collapsed by a third during lockdown

Investment in construction collapsed by a third during lockdown Business investment in the construction industry collapsed by 36% annually as the coronavirus pandemic ravaged the economy, analysis of latest official data by specialist tax relief consultancy Catax shows. Total business investment in the sector fell to £1.8bn in the second quarter of 2020, down from £2.8bn in…

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Housing transactions roar back in September

Housing transactions roar back in September Housing transactions surged by more than 20% in September, according to the latest government statistics. The provisional seasonally adjusted estimate of UK residential transactions in September 2020 is 98,010, which is very similar to September 2019 at only 0.7% lower and 21.3% higher than August 2020. Alan Cleary, Managing…

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ARA Venn to manage £3bn Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme

ARA Venn to manage £3bn Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme Housing Minister Rt Hon Christopher Pincher MP has announced that ARA Venn will manage the government’s new £3 billion Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme. Today, contracts were signed for investment management firm ARA Venn to deliver the £3 billion scheme that will provide cost-effective long-term loans to…

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