Energy efficiency and environmental standards are becoming an important factor for buyers of new-built homes, a survey for New Homes Marketing Board has found. The ‘green factor’ is now one of the top three criteria for people buying a new house, overtaking traditional benefits such as location and value
The chief executive of Barratt Developments, Mark Clare has called for banks to increase their lending to help stimulate the depressed housing market. He said it was too early to say whether the government’s efforts to get lenders financing housing deals would feed through into the housing market in
Housing associations have warned that without urgent government intervention there will be a ‘catastrophic’ collapse in the provision of new social housing. The 1,900 social landlords have urged ministers to change the way they are funded in order to prevent the supply of new, affordable housing drying up completely.
Peter Boggis, 78, has spent tens of thousands of pounds building earth barriers to protect his home at Easton Barriers, near Southwold, Suffolk, and those of his neighbours which are threatened by erosion to the cliffs on which they stand. But Natural England, the Government conservation agency, wants the
The government’s definition of carbon neutral must be made easier for the public to understand, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) said. It is calling for a kitemark accreditation in carbon emissions management and for carbon neutral standards to be evaluated periodically to reflect advancements.
A proposal to publish MPs’ expenses without releasing receipts has been criticised as ‘outrageous’. The Commons lost a Freedom of Information battle last year and was ordered to publish all MPs’ claims and receipts by October 2015. However, the deadline passed with Commons officials saying that process and cost