2013

We should help the elderly to downsize

Over three million homes back on the market, £400billion of housing weath unlocked, and more three bedroom properties available.

Those are the findings of a recent report into housing for the elderly from think-tank Demos, which says all these things are possible if more, appropriate retirement housing were available.

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Healthy debate needed over national parks plan

Once again, the planning minister Nick Boles has sparked a heated discussion after announcing plans to review the planning rules surrounding national parks.

After using words like ‘embalmed’ and ‘museums’ to describe areas like the Peak District, Dartmoor and The Lakes, it’s necessary to go beyond these headline grabbing statements to see what he’s actually saying.

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Regional housing shortages require a clear plan

I was interested to read recently that the North West is short of at least 40,000 housing plots, according to a report published by planning consultancy Turley Associates.

The North West Housing Land Supply Update, looked into housing requirements and land supply across the region and found that at least 178,537 new homes were needed over the next five years to meet need, and that there is currently only land supply for 138,318, leaving a substantial shortfall.

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Part L changes are just the tip of the iceberg

Back in early 2012, the government announced a consultation on Part L of the building regulations as it looks to ensure that all new homes in England are built to zero carbon standards from 2016.

It was a fairly significant announcement, as it was looking at introducing a raft of changes which would affect the entire industry, and had a schedule of being implemented in October 2013.

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Darwen extra-care development completes

50 retirement living apartments in Darwen have been officially handed over by Mulbury Homes to Twin Valley Homes.

The Willow Gardens scheme, which is on the site of the former Darwen Health Centre on Union Street, was built by Manchester based contractors, Harbur Construction.

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Affordable homes for former pub site in Manchester

Construction has begun on a project to build 22 new ‘house share’ homes on the site of the former Kirkmanshulme pub in Longsight, Manchester.

The homes, which are being delivered by Mulbury Homes, on behalf of Eastlands Housing Association, are being built by Manchester-based construction firm, Harbur Construction.

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