Planning and Building Control report of the potential phasing out of funding aimed at preparing brownfield sites for housing developments. Surprising as Brownfield land has been touted by the government as a way of solving the housing crisis and of meeting their one million homes by 2020

At the end of May, the Housing and Planning Act 2016 was published. Increasingly the view from the industry is that the only way that the UK’s housing needs will be met is through widespread adoption of Modern Methods of Construction. Both Laing O’Rourke and L&G have announced investment plans and now the NHBC Foundation have published a report Modern Methods of construction: views from the industry. The study shows that many house builders and housing associations have a positive view of the future role of MMC.

Funding from the Interreg NWE programme will be used to upscale existing housing programmes in the UK, France and the Netherlands, with the intention of stimulating mass uptake of net-zero energy refurbishments.

In Ireland, a new Special Delivery Unit is being created to fast-track housebuilding. Housing has become a key priority for the Irish government following its admission that the system was completely broken.

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