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What does the Autumn Statement mean for housing?

December 6, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

In theory, it's likely than anyone who owns a large, detached house in the South of England will face the expected tax on properties worth £1m.

Chancellor George Osborne updated MPs on the state of the economy yesterday by releasing his Autumn Statement. Funding to assist the building of up to 120,000 new homes was announced. However, housing professionals say that 50% of this figure alludes to projects already in existence. RIBA is calling the Autumn Statement a ‘missed opportunity’ to […]

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Will Garden Cities solve our housing crisis?

November 27, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

Welwyn Garden City in Hertforshire was built in 1920. It was declared one of Britain's first new towns in 1948.

Speaking at the National House Building Council earlier this week, Nick Clegg said it was time to “think big” about Britain’s housing shortage. He said: “We’re building 100,000 fewer homes than we need each year.” To solve the shortage, the Deputy PM suggested that a new generation of garden cities should be built across the […]

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Housing Specification heads to Grand Designs Live

October 4, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Design

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Housing Specification is going to Grand Designs Live on Friday 12th October. Will you be joining us? Hosted by Man Made Home star Kevin McCloud, and based on the hugely popular Channel 4 series, the event will showcase over 500 exhibitors, across two days, covering interiors, gardens, home improvement, self-build, renovations and technology. Highlights include […]

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“Rural proofing” benefits older people living in the countryside

September 11, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Planning & Legislation

New planning laws could offer benefit older people living in more rural areas. Click on image for original source

The Commission for Rural Communities(CRC) has said that the government’s planning laws will benefit elderly people living in some of Britain’s most rural areas. In the Telegraph it was reported that the CRC had praised the NPPF (planning laws published in March) for enabling rural residents to have more power over the housing built in […]

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Can East London live up to the expectations of the nation?

August 13, 2012 Alexandra Blakeman Housing Issues

The real challenge is still to come: can the Eastend capitalise on London's Olympic success? Click on image for original source.

As the world looked onto East London for the final time last night, speculations about the legacy of the 2012 Olympics are ubiquitous in today’s press. This morning, The Financial Times warned of a ‘two decade legacy wait’ in an effort to dampen ¬†expectations of an instant East London transformation. London Mayor Boris Johnson has […]

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