The announcement last week about the lifting of the funding cap on council house building, while for many of us closely involved in the housing industry is a positive step in the right direction, is unfortunately unlikely to have any impact on the supply of housing in the short term. Adrian Spawforth, Managing Director of Spawforths architects, planners and masterplanners sets out why, based on his 30+ years experience working with the housing industry, he believes this to be the case.... Read more
The Strategy identifies four "Grand Challenges", namely Artificial Intelligence, Clean Growth, Ageing Society and Future of Mobility. The Government is inviting the worlds of business, academia and civil society to help develop new technologies. Read more
The Budget brought a range of positive announcements, but was tempered with a gloomier economic forecast. There is money committed to certain areas of the economy including housing and infrastructure, and there is a bid to provide 300,000 houses per year. The headlines are therefore that the Government is listening and recognises that in the pre- and post-Brexit world there is a need for economic growth as part of a sustainable economy. Read more
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