Land News

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Planning permissions rise, says builders group

Planning permission was granted for 33,881 homes across England in July to September, according to figures from the Home Builders Federation (HBF). It said this was a 36% rise on the 24,872 approvals in the second quarter, and 17% higher than a year earlier. However, the HBF said the latest figure was still less than read more


Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

We need to build houses on a third more land, says planning minister.

A third more of the country needs to be developed and a halt has to be made to the construction of “pig ugly” modern housing, the planning minister, Nick Boles, has warned. The remarks will alarm defenders of the British countryside, but Boles insists this expansion is quite possible without building on protected greenbelt land. Housing read more


Thursday, November 8th, 2012

DIY homes should be made easier, says housing minister

Homeowners should not consider it a “pie in the sky dream” to build their own property, according to the new housing minister. Mark Prisk told mortgage lenders that self-built homes should be considered as one way to boost the UK housing market. He said that only about 10% of new UK homes were self-built, compared read more


Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Construction industry woes lead to job losses

Britain’s construction industry had another difficult month in October, as new work dropped for the fifth month running, forcing firms to lay off workers at the fastest rate since August 2011. Overall, construction activity improved slightly last month. The construction PMI from Markit/CIPS rose to 50.9 in October from 49.5 in September, indicating expansion rather than contraction, read more


Monday, October 15th, 2012

Minister calls for housing planning support.

Addressing the House of Commons communities and local government committee today, Mr Boles, the under-secretary of state for planning, said planning reform was as important as the provision of mortgage funding in boosting the depressed housing market. He said councils throughout England needed to ensure that they produced local development plans, which in turn could read more


Monday, October 15th, 2012

Home extension deregulation plans ‘may go on longer’.

The government has said it might continue a scheme allowing larger home extensions without planning permission beyond the proposed three-year period. Minister Nick Boles told MPs it could be retained if “everybody is happy”. Some councils have warned the scheme – for England – will be a “free-for-all”, but Mr Boles said he did not read more


Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Birmingham to build on green belt to meet housing demand.

Birmingham City Council regeneration chief Mark Barrow has warned that developers must be allowed to build on the green belt surrounding the city if it is to meet its housing needs.  Speaking at a British Property Federation seminar at the Conservative Party Conference this morning, Barrow said the council had identified sites able to accommodate read more


Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Tough rules and tight credit may thwart housing hopes

Britain needs more housing and is looking to build its way out of its worst slump since the 1930s, but a shortage of finance and grassroots resistance are proving hard to overcome. The government and the opposition Labour Party are competing to come up with plans to unblock the financial bottlenecks holding up new construction. read more


Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Ed Balls pledges extra £3bn to build 100,000 affordable homes from 4G sale

The shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, will unveil plans on Monday to stimulate the economy by using a £3bn windfall from the sale of the 4G mobile phone spectrum to build 100,000 affordable homes, rather than to reduce debt, should Labour win the next election. He will say that it is time to “cut through the dither and rhetoric read more


Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Six months on from launch of NewBuy, UK lenders launch new products.

Six months after the UK government’s NewBuy scheme to boost the property market was launched a leading lender, the Halifax, has extended its seven year mortgage deal to NewBuy customers. The product is available to all NewBuy customers at 5.89% fixed rate for seven years at 95% LTV with no product fee, no mortgage account read more


Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

David Cameron in new assault on green belt planning rules.

A fresh Coalition assault on “ludicrous” planning laws will make it harder for residents to object to new developments and encourage councils to allow building on greenbelt land, the Chancellor has said. David Cameron and George Osborne insisted that more changes in planning rules were urgently needed as part of a package of reforms to read more


Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

UK house prices continue slide.

UK house prices fell in July for the fourth time in five months, according to Nationwide Building Society, adding to a recent flow of downbeat news about the country’s housing market. The Nationwide House Price Index fell 0.7 per cent in July from June and the index now stands 2.6 per cent below its level read more


Monday, July 30th, 2012

Hands Off Our Land: desperate Treasury to water down planning laws again.

Allies of George Osborne, the Chancellor, are said to be considering another attempt to loosen the rules on building as part of a new drive to stimulate the UK economy. However, other Conservative ministers have pledged to resist any move from the Treasury to revisit an issue that sparked one of the biggest political battles read more


Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Census reveals housing shortage.

  Housing charities have called on the Government to “urgently” address Britain’s housing shortage after the census showed that the number of new households in England and Wales grew by the second lowest amount for a century between 2001 and 2011. According to the census, the number of households in England and Wales was 23.4 read more


Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

UK housing shortage turning under-30s into ‘generation rent’.

Study predicts 1 million more youngsters will be ‘marginalised’ as many face up to living with parents well into their 30s. More than 1 million young people will be “locked out” of home ownership in eight years’ time, making up a generation that is “increasingly marginalised” and renting due to the lack of houses, a read more


Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Housing crisis deepens.

    The desperate shortage of affordable homes in England appears to be worsening, following Tuesday’s publication of national housing statistics. The Homes and Communities Agency has announced that the number of “affordable housing starts” for 2011-2012 was just 15,698 – a 68% fall on the previous year. The Housing Minister Grant Shapps has said read more


Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Severe housing shortage in England not going to be met, according to analysts.

England faces a shortfall of 750,000 homes by 2025 according to a new analysis of official government projections. The report shows that if the economy bounces back the gap between supply and demand could be equivalent to the entire housing demand of the populations of Birmingham, Liverpool and Newcastle combined. The analysis from the Institute read more


Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Beating the housing shortage: one home, three generations

More than 500,000 households now contain children, parents and grandparents – and the figure is set to soar They are the generation that thought their children would grow up and fly the nest. Now they’re doing up the spare room; extending the house and inviting their offspring into their retirement homes, as the trend towards read more


Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Planning reforms: applications will be ‘slammed in’ under new rules

The chairman of the National Trust, Simon Jenkins, has warned there may be an influx of landowners “slamming in planning applications” under new planning rules to be announced today. The revisions to planning policy will be unveiled today after intense campaigning from environmental groups, who warned that the draft version of the reforms gave developers read more


Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Planning changes could lead to development not seen since 1930s

When the Government first launched its bid to reform the planning system last July, business leaders were quick to support the move to slim down the rules. But within 24 hours, conservation groups were warning that the proposed changes, which reduce more than 1,000 pages of planning policy to just 50, could lead to damaging read more


Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Planning reforms: applications will be ‘slammed in’ under new rules

The chairman of the National Trust, Simon Jenkins, has warned there may be an influx of landowners “slamming in planning applications” under new planning rules to be announced today. The revisions to planning policy will be unveiled today after intense campaigning from environmental groups, who warned that the draft version of the reforms gave developers read more


Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

The builders’ charter: Osborne to overturn 65 years of planning law

Chancellor drives bulldozer through decades of countryside protection. George Osborne will signal today that the Government is to press ahead with highly controversial reforms to Britain’s planning system which environmental groups fear will result in the destruction of rural England. Mr Osborne will use his Budget speech to announce that, within days, ministers will publish read more


Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Plans for thousands of new homes in Whiteley get the green light

WHITELEY looks set to double in size after plans were agreed to build 3,000 new homes in the north of the town. It is part of Winchester City Council’s bid to build 11,000 new homes across the district over the next 20 years. It will bring in extra infrastructure to Whiteley with new schools as read more


Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Marks and Spencer, Next and H&M sign up to centre

MAJOR retailers have flocked to fill a multimillion pound development set to transform a Hampshire village and create more than 1,000 jobs. Whiteley’s previous designer outlet centre has been reduced to rubble over the past few weeks – but high street giants are already lining up for a space in the redesigned £64m shopping area read more


Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Land value disparity grows as affluent buyers targeted

There is a growing disparity in the value of development land in the UK as housebuilders focus activity on areas with affluent potential buyers, according to research by Savills. The property agent says land in Oxford is only 5pc below its peak of 2007, but in Bradford values are 69pc lower. However, the research also read more


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