East Hampshire District Council has approved outline planning permission for a 500-home mixed-use scheme proposed by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) at the former Ministry of Defence (MoD) barracks at Whitehill and Bordon in Hampshire.
An ambitious proposed £500m riverside redevelopment project linking Cardiff Bay and the city centre which would provide the Welsh capital with over 2,000 much needed new homes has suffered a set-back.
Ministers have published a shortlist of over 160 smaller housing developments across the country that could benefit from a share of the £525m Builders Finance Fund designed to get workers back on sites and new homes built.
The existence of emerging neighbourhood plans has proved a key factor in the fate of four recovered housing appeals determined by the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.
Three involved the same local planning authority, Mid Sussex District Council, and the same neighbourhood plan, drawn up by Hurstpierpoint & Sayers Parish Council. One involved Wiltshire Council and the Malmesbury Neighbourhood Plan.
Housebuilder Barratt Developments has reported a 103% surge in annual profits on the back of "sustained strength" in in the property market.
It said pre-tax profit for the year to June was £390.6m from £192m last year.
The construction sector expanded at its fastest pace for seven months in August, despite supply shortages holding back growth, a survey suggests.
The Markit/CIPS construction Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) surged to 64 in August from 62.4 in July, surprising economists who had forecast a fall.
It is the 16th month in a row that the index has been above the 50 level indicating growth.
Both housing starts and completions are on the increase, according to the latest English house-building statistics published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
These figures for England show that seasonally-adjusted the starts in the June quarter 2014 increased by 18 per cent on the same quarter a year earlier while completions estimated at 29,540 in the June quarter 2014 were six per cent higher than the previous quarter.
House builder Bovis Homes has reported a 150% rise in pre-tax profits to £49.4m in the six months to the end of June compared with £18.6m a year earlier.
It said house sales had benefitted from a "modest" improvement in house prices.
Bovis reported a sharp rise in both the number and value of the properties sold.
UK housebuilding grew at its fastest rate in nearly 11 years in July, a survey suggests.
The Markit UK Construction PMI report said home building grew at its steepest rate since November 2003, driven by strong demand for new projects.
Housebuilding is just a part of the PMI index. which also includes commercial building and civil engineering.
Local authorities across England and Wales are calling for plans to build half a million new homes before the end of the decade.
They say the current shortage of affordable housing is a "national scandal" and an "emerging nightmare".
The Local Government Association (LGA) - which represents 370 councils in England and Wales - is calling for a series of measures to help.
Last year just 110,000 homes were built in England, half the number required.
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