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Jury out on need for further housing standards

It was confirmed at the recent Housing Standards Review briefing that the government would consider implementing further standards or regulations in the future if the review process identifies the need. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) head of... View Article

Gross mortgage lending up 5% month-on-month

The Council of Mortgage Lenders estimates that gross mortgage lending reached £19 billion in October. This is 5% higher than September (£18 billion), and 8% higher than October last year (£17.5 billion). This is the highest lending total for an... View Article

Affordable housing debt guarantees pass £1 billion mark

More than £1 billion has been unlocked from the market to build new affordable homes thanks to the government’s strong economic record, Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said on the 6th November 2014. The minister said this new milestone highlighted how “The... View Article

Keeping housing in the loop

Plasterboard manufacturer Siniat is one of the partners involved in an EU-led project that aims to promote a fully sustainable closed loop approach to building. Head of EHS and Sustainability at Siniat, Steve Hemmings, explains what this means for the... View Article

Permissions recover to 2008 levels

Planning permissions hit a six-year high in Q2 2014, according to the Home Builders Federation (HBF) Housing Pipeline report. The report, compiled by construction analyst Glenigan, showed that permissions for 56,647 homes were granted in England in the second quarter,... View Article

Lee Housing Association to join Origin Housing

Origin Housing was selected by Lee Housing Association, an Enfield based housing provider, as its merger partner, following a competitive process undertaken earlier in the year. Negotiations have been concluded and both organisations have gone through relevant checks and secured... View Article

Johnson & Starley responds to DECC announcement

In response to the announcement by DECC on 22 July 2014 about the removal of Flue Gas Heat Recovery systems from the Green Deal home Improvement fund, Chris Yates, Managing Director of Johnson & Starley Limited commented that the early... View Article

New public land powers for Boris welcomed

New legislation will give the mayor of London greater powers to seize public land for development. The coalition’s Infrastructure Bill has empowered the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) to take ownership of public land. But securing plots held by various... View Article
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