Experts have pointed out some flaws in the Government’s most recent white paper on housing, and suggest that simply building more affordable homes may not have the effects the Government is looking for – especially in areas that already have thousands of long-term empty homes.
The UK Government has promised it will assist in the building of much needed homes across the country with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne stating in a key note speech “We are the builders”.
The UK Government is reported to be in detailed discussions over a new housing stimulus plan to the tune of £50 billion of new money.
If you’ve tried to get a contractor out to do any work on your property lately, you might well have had some issues with availability. That’s because there is currently an industry-wide shortage of skilled labour, fuelled by a number of different factors.
Theresa May acknowledged the UK's housing crisis in her first speech as PM. Since then a number of commentators have made suggestions on how she should tackle it, including the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA).
Hands up anyone who’s ever walked past an eyesore of a new-build housing estate and asked, ‘how on earth did that get built?’
Ugly houses are a fact of life. For many housebuilders, visual attractiveness is largely unimportant, and they defend these ever-expanding legions of carbuncles by arguing that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. After all, even the ugliest buildings are bound to be beautiful to someone.
A new watchdog has been set up by the government to tackle the problem of rogue builders in the new-build market.
The new body will be given powers to ban cowboy developers and prevent them from building new houses. It will also aim to improve standards across the country and make it much easier for victims of dodgy builders to claim compensation.
Of all the things homeowners fear most, subsidence has to be up there near the top. And with a rise in the number of cases of subsidence across Britain due to the hot, dry summer we’ve just had, this is something you need to take very seriously.
With signs that UK house price growth has returned, largely due to a lack of property for sale and worried potential buyers holding off from entering the market amid current uncertainty, it’s interesting to note that recent surveys have shown sentiment among UK construction firms is currently mixed.
The UK Government used its Tory Party Conference back in October to unveil its plan to build 1 million new homes by 2020. The plans were welcomed across the board, as was the investment made available to go with them. Now, however, UK housing minister Gavin Barwell has admitted the Government probably won’t hit its target.
The latest Housing Pipeline report from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) and construction data analysis firm Glenigan, shows a promising increase in residential planning permissions.
The pre-fabricated housing industry in the UK is beginning to grow in popularity, with more UK-based firms producing the product that, in the past, hasn’t met with great success. Now, however, with the UK in the midst of a housing crisis, the need to build homes quickly has increased. That means that the modular or pre-fab house building industry, is well positioned to provide some of the much-needed homes, fast.
With the UK’s residential homes building rate still failing to meet levels required to support demand, the Government’s stamp duty land tax regime has been named as one of the – many – reasons building rates remain too low.