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New affordable homes built but left empty

Families were expecting to move into newly built social housing homes in St Ann's Chapel, near Kingsbridge in Devon, around Christmas 2023, but have been ...
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House builders under investigation for secretly sharing prices

Several large house building firms are being investigated by the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) after a report revealed evidence that suggested that "information sharing" ...
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Somerset seaside town set to double

Housing developers have applied to build so many new houses at a coastal town in Somerset, that the town could nearly double in size. The ...
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88 new homes demolished due to issues with foundations

Barratt Developments PLC owns three consumer brands: Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Barratt London, making it one of the nation’s largest house builders. The ...

Redrow renews call for stamp duty changes

House builder, Redrow, estimates that completions will be reduced by as much as 20% in the next financial year, causing the company to renew its ...
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New properties so awful they should be demolished

The residents of 53 Agar Grove in Camden, London are enduring a "daily living nightmare", as surveyors have deemed their newly built block of flats ...
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Gove threatens to ban housing developers

The 2017 Grenfell fire was the deadliest UK fire in 30 years, killing 72 people. The subsequent inquiry  prompted 49 developers to pledge publicly that ...
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Where you can buy a home for peanuts

Sales of new residential properties in China have fallen for eleven consecutive months. As in the UK, one of the obstacles to buying a home ...
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Costs skyrocket due to shortage of building materials

Building materials supplier, Travis Perkins, has warned of price increases to the cost of building materials as a result of supply chain problems with several ...
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Self Build Wales new way to self build your own home

The Welsh Government has introduced a new scheme to encourage self-builders by helping to "remove the barriers and uncertainty that prevent people in Wales from ...

Persimmon Homes has no minimum house building standard

An independent review into the effectiveness of Persimmon Homes that was led by its chairman, Roger Devlin, has been published. The review's purpose was to ...

Cladding concerns still rife two years after Grenfell disaster

Two years after the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy, in which 72 people tragically died, there are still many buildings with dangerous aluminium composite material (ACM) ...

Building up under permitted development rights has hidden impacts

Five properties in London will house 38 new rooftop homes later this year. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has confirmed the modular ...

Raynsford Review: Planning system creating ‘slums of the future’

In its landmark assessment of the English planning system, the newly-published Raynsford Review suggests that, while the planning system has the potential to make people’s lives ...

Nimby councils vs big home builders; isn’t it time for some common sense?

The government has threatened local councils  with the loss of planning powers, unless they meet house building targets. Yet local councils are approving planning applications ...

Affordable housing and where it should be built

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has introduced a plan to rewrite a controversial housing strategy that identified potential sites for 225,000 new homes ...

Build-to-rent housing scheme proposed for Belfast

In 1991, the population of Belfast city centre was half what it was in 1926 but, since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement of ...