New Homes news (September 2011)

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Govt cutbacks 'affecting construction sector'

Cutbacks made by the government are affecting the UK's construction sector and this will continue unless action is taken to stimulate the new homes market, one industry body has claimed. The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) made the comments after figures from Glenigan showed that the number of construction projects placed on hold in the three months to August ...

30th Sep 2011

Building new homes on greenbelt 'the way forward'

The UK is in need of new homes and the best way to provide them is to build on certain areas of greenbelt land, it has been suggested. That is the opinion of property expert Stuart Law, who said that the time will come when new houses will need to be built regardless, and greenbelt presents the perfect place to do this. He explained: "The country needs more houses. ...

30th Sep 2011

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Affordable countryside property 'is needed'

The UK is in need of more affordable housing in the countryside at the moment, according to one expert. Jill Grieve, head of communications at Countryside Alliance, made the comments after a survey by savings firm Family Investments rated the village of Winkleigh in Devon as the best place in England and Wales for bringing up children. Winkleigh topped the table thanks to a ...

28th Sep 2011

Self-build 'is making a comeback'

The popularity of self-build property is slowly returning to the housing market after it dipped significantly following the economic downturn, it has been claimed. Raymond Connor, chief executive of BuildStore Financial Services, pointed out that in the last year alone, self-build has made a "notable comeback" from the recession, and is continuing to see steady ...

26th Sep 2011

'Innovation needed' to help FTBs

A degree of innovation is needed to help first-time buyers (FTBs) gain access to the property market in the UK, it has been claimed. According to property market analyst Helen Adams, schemes to help FTBs are likely to become increasingly popular in the coming years. Her comments follow the publication of a report by Halifax which showed that the proportion of disposable ...

8th Sep 2011

Construction outlook 'could be better'

The current outlook for the construction of new homes in the UK could be much better, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Jayne Runacres, media and communications manager at the organisation, said that the overall future for the industry certainly "doesn't look too rosy" at the moment, following the publication of data by the Office for ...

6th Sep 2011

Cost of building green new homes 'is falling'

The cost associated with constructing new homes that conform with international sustainability regulations and meet energy-efficiency targets has fallen substantially. According to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), building new homes to greener, low-carbon standards is getting cheaper every year. For homes built to Code level 3 standards, average ...

5th Sep 2011