Housing Specification Blog

August, 2013

Will Help to Buy create a UK housing bubble?

August 14, 2013 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation


Today’s guest blogger is Ivan Radford from The Move Channel. He spoke to HS about the sudden rise in popularity of the government’s Help to Buy scheme. The UK may be in the middle of a recession, but the housing market is on the up. Prices, sales and confidence have all started improving. But with […]


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Housing Minister announces fund for community build projects

August 5, 2013 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

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Mark Prisk has opened up the ¬£17m Community right to Build fund to include all neighbourhood development plans, from self-build homes to community shops. Giving local residents more power to improve their own area, the funding has been earmarked to ensure that local building plans aren’t stifled by complicated planning rules and costs. Self builders […]


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Delays to Part L could stifle zero-carbon targets

August 1, 2013 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

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Changes to Part L, the section of the building regulations which covers the responsibility to conserve fuel and power, were announced yesterday. The revision, which will come into force in April 2014, means new build homes will have to be 6% more efficient ¬†than under current regulations. The government originally proposed to tighten carbon emissions […]


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