New Homes news (November 2011)

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New homes needed 'for many reasons'

There is a very strong need for more new homes to be built in the UK in the coming months, according to one expert. Steve Turner, spokesman for the Home Builders Federation (HBF), said that there have not been some "big profits" in the sector, with only some house builders returning to profit in recent times. He noted that the industry is running on a reduced ...

30th Nov 2011

Govt's affordable housing plan 'whitewash'

The government's plans to encourage the construction of more affordable homes will not help to boost the number of people able to buy a new home. Paul Holmes, chief executive of Firstrung, claimed that the government initiative is a "whitewash" and does not address the fact that many buyers simply need house prices to fall. He said: "Looking for ...

24th Nov 2011

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Construction industry output 'remains level'

Output in the construction industry has remained level before the government's announcement earlier in the week, which could lower the number of new homes on the market.   The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has reported that half of its respondents reported no change in their workloads from the previous quarter due to the continuing ...

23rd Nov 2011

Property hotspots 'are well underway'

Many of the areas recently identified as residential hotspots by market analyst Knight Frank are already under development, one expert has pointed out. UK property specialist Roger Southam said the Knight Frank report's hotspots are "not really a stretch of the imagination", as most of them are either earmarked for large-scale developments, already under ...

21st Nov 2011

Govt unveils its new homes strategy

The government has announced a raft of new measures designed to make it easier for first-time buyers to purchase houses. David Cameron and Nick Clegg, the prime minister and deputy prime minister, will announce the coalition's new housing strategy in order to try and revitalise Britain's property sector. It will include the construction of 16,000 new properties by ...

21st Nov 2011

Sustainable construction 'is falling in cost'

The cost of sustainable building has fallen significantly across the UK, according to one specialist who has predicted many positive things for the sector. Richard Addenbrook, managing director of Sense of Space Architects and a representative of the Association of Self Build Architects, said sustainability is becoming more important during the planning of new homes . ...

14th Nov 2011

Architects 'should be used' by self-builders

People creating new homes through the self-build route have been advised to use architects to ensure the project is a successful one. According to Richard Addenbrook, managing director of Sense of Space Architects and a representative of the Association of Self Build Architects, said people should employ the right professional to see a job through right from the beginning. ...

10th Nov 2011

'Concerns remain' about housing stock

There is still a degree of concern in the housing market about the number of new homes being built and the government's public spending, it has been claimed. Brian Berry, director of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders, made the comments after the latest Purchasing Managers Index produced by The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply and Markit ...

10th Nov 2011

Green Deal 'offers great construction opportunities'

The introduction of the Green Deal in the UK next year could see activity in the construction industry boosted significantly next year, the Federation of Master Builders has claimed. Brian Berry, director of external affairs at the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), said that there positive signs for the construction sector in 2012 and the building of new homes . His ...

3rd Nov 2011

Land and regulatory costs 'a challenge to new homes'

The construction of new homes in the UK is currently being challenged by the high costs associated with housebuilding, one industry body has asserted. According to Steve Turner, head of communications at the Home Builders Federation, there are three main cost areas - the construction of the property , the purchase of the land and the costs levied by local authorities on ...

2nd Nov 2011