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The Hunt For Unicorns Goes On

It would, said communities secretary James Brokenshire, set out a vision of a planning system that delivers the homes we need. That was just six months ago as he launched what was supposed to be a new long-term National Planning Policy Framework to replace the disastrous 2012 version, although in re...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 20 February 2019

A Sewing Lesson

Pretty well everyone in the UK who is not either a volume house builder or one of their consultants now accepts that our natural environment is badly fragmented. So the DEFRA 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment, published last February, is particularly interesting, containing as it does ideas fo...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 02 January 2019

The Century The Earth Caught Fire

One bit of television you may have missed over the festive season was a rerun of the 1961 movie The Day The Earth Caught Fire. Basically the film is about a bunch of national newspaper journalists trying to find out why the weather is rapidly getting weirder. Weather events all around the world are ...

Posted by Jon Reeds on 27 December 2018

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Javid outlines housing plans

Added on 11 October 2016

The Government has announced it will publish a white paper on English housing later this year and meanwhile will provide up to £1bn in short-term loans for small builders, custom builders and "innovators".

Communities secretary Sajid Javid said the Government is determined to get more homes built and said the Home Building Fund, worth £3bn, would get more than 25,000 homes built in this Parliament and 200,000 in the longer term.

"It is only by building more houses that we will alleviate the financial burden on those who are struggling to manage," he said.

The Home Building Fund will be administered by the Homes and Communities Agency and it has opened for applications.

The Fund is intended to generate £1bn of loans for small builders and £2bn of long-term funding for infrastructure.

No details are yet available of what it might fund, or how, but the Government says the emphasis will be on brownfield land.

Mr Javid had previously announced plans to accelerate construction on public land and a package for urban and brownfield regeneration including an element of transit-oriented-development.

"The Home Building Fund is good news, especially its focus on small and medium-sized builders," said CPRE head of planning Matt Thomson.

"However, we’d like to see much more ambition in accelerating construction on public land given the amount of such land that’s available. We’d also like to hear more about how we restrict greenfield development to drive the brownfield development that both CPRE and the Government want to encourage."

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