July 2012

Will cutting new homes targets impact housing shortage?

It is concerning that one of the first tests of the government’s revamped planning system has ended in a 30 per cent reduction in house building targets.

The introduction of the new system involved a local plan being jointly drawn up by Weymouth & Portland and West Dorset councils. The result does not make encouraging reading: 5,000 homes have been cut from the previous building programme, sparking realistic worries that other councils across the country will follow suit.

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Proof that social housing can be beautiful

The myth that affordable homes must have dull designs has been refreshingly debunked by the appearance of three projects on a prestigious list of Britain’s best buildings for 2012.

The list, compiled by the Royal Institute of British Architects, includes The Triangle in Swindon, Peabody Avenue in London, and Saxton in Leeds among 50 award-winning buildings.

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