Housing Specification Blog

June, 2012

Will Green Deal Retrofits Ruin our Housing Heritage?

June 29, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation


To comply with the forthcoming Green Deal initiative, 3.5 million solid wall homes will be fitted with external wall insulation. Solid wall housing is the least thermally efficient of all housing stock in the UK because heat is quickly lost through un-insulated flooring and single glazing. As the only viable retrofit option, external wall insulation […]


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Housing Benefits Slashed for Under 25s

June 28, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues


David Cameron has set out plans to scrap housing benefits for under 25s in an effort to cut the welfare bill. This will supposedly save the government around £2bn a year.  The Prime Minister said that benefits should only be available to those who have no other form of support and have “fallen on hard […]


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Homeowners Left High and Dry

June 27, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation


Planning applications for building on flood plains are on the rise. With the surrounding environmental and financial issues, where does that leave the current legislative position? Local authorities are under pressure to find the room for new housing developments. We are heavily oversubscribed as a country, hence the need to build on unsuitable ground. We’ve […]


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Going for Gold as Landlords Cash in on The Games

June 25, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues


London is one of the most densely populated cities to host the Olympics in many years. With landlords looking to capitalise on every inch of space they can muster, where does this leave existing tenants? Some of those already dwelling in ‘Olympic hotspots’ are being asked to dig unusually deep during the 17 day event. […]


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