England’s new garden villages and towns risk becoming car-dependent commuter estates, a report has warned.

The government promised the sites would be thriving communities – with jobs, shops and recreational facilities. But research has suggested the garden villages may be little better than edge-of town estates they were supposed to supersede. The government said the report was unfair because the settlements were still in their early stages. …

L and G granted planning for modular homes scheme

A leading insurance group has received planning consent to build what will be one of Britain’s biggest housing projects made up of homes built almost entirely in a factory. The 154-home scheme in Selby, North Yorkshire, will be the first full modular housing development delivered by Legal & General, from buying the land through to design and construction. …

Small sites requirement watered down in revised NPPF

The government has watered down a controversial small sites requirement in the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), in response to sector concerns. Small sites: new policy requirement The new NPPF, published this afternoon, says that councils must accommodate ten per cent of their housing requirement on small sites, as opposed to 20 per …

Struggling under-35s own just 5% of the nation’s housing equity

        The decline and fall of just about everything appears to be the order of the day, and we’re not even finished with January yet. So far this year, we have learnt that the number of people moving home has fallen for the first time in five years, thanks to tighter mortgage regulations, rising property prices and economic uncertainty …

How to Make Innovative Ideas Happen

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