2012

Work starts on new homes in Blackburn

Construction work has begun on a £1.5m development of 16 new affordable homes on a former flats site in Blackburn.

Specialist affordable homes developer, Mulbury Homes, is building the homes in North Road, Blackburn, on behalf of housing association Great Places Housing Group.

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Planning approved housing sites across the North West

Mulbury Homes is helping housing associations across the region to acquire sites that already have planning consent for new affordable housing.

As a specialist affordable housing developer, Mulbury Homes has built up a large portfolio of sites across the North West that can help housing associations meet urgent demand for new social housing.

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Make housing a priority this autumn statement

In just a few days time, the chancellor, George Osborne will deliver his autumn statement and it’s expected that he will signal more measures to boost growth and avoid a ‘triple dip’ recession.

The housing sector is an important partner in this recovery, and as the government seems to be keen to see more homes being built, it would be great to see Mr Osborne make housing a priority.

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Can pension funds finance new homes?

Fresh proposals to revolutionise house building from the Future Homes Commission are big, bold and bound to create controversy.

The commission, set up by the Royal Institute of British Architects, says council pension funds could be used to stimulate the building of up to 300,000 homes a year. Its report speaks of a housing revolution that could kick-start growth and generate tens of thousands of jobs.

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Should building regulations be standardised?

News that an industry-wide group has been tasked to radically reduce building standards red tape must be applauded.

The government has asked a number of organisations to rationalise the plethora of standards sitting on top of Building Regulations, such as the Code for Sustainable Homes, Lifetime Homes and Homes and Communities Agency design indicators.

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Housing plan must involve old AND new homes

The question of whether the UK should focus on building new homes or fixing old ones has become a subject of heated debate.

Among the ‘fix it’ lobby is Anne Power, of the London School of Economics, who believes housing pressures can be reduced by measures such as repairing unused property and reclaiming old terraces under housing action area projects.

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Mulbury Homes scoops business award

Mulbury Homes has been named among Cheshire’s leading businesses after taking one of the top prizes at a regional business awards.

Mulbury, based in Lymm, was handed the Business Start-Up of the Year prize at the Cheshire Business Awards 2012 on Friday October 7 at Chester Racecourse.

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Do we need more alternative ways of funding housing?

A number of solutions to Britain’s increasingly critical housing shortage have hit the headlines recently.

The Houses4Homes Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is about to be floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in a move aiming to raising £700m to invest in social housing.

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