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Construction policy and government news

NPPF loopholes leading to unwanted housing, says committee

NPPF loopholes leading to 'unwanted housing'

Developers are taking advantage of loopholes in the National Planning Policy Framework which is leading to unwanted housing development, according a new report by MPs.

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UK infrastructure 'lacks forward-looking strategy'

UK infrastructure planning suffers from “short-sightedness” and “a lack of forward-looking strategy”, according to the Institute for Government.

Prime minister to launch Starter Home scheme

Prime minister to launch Starter Home scheme

A scheme giving 100,000 first-time buyers a 20 per cent discount when buying a new home, will be launched by David Cameron today.

Govt reveals manager for £3.5bn PRS fund

Investment manager appointed for £3.5bn PRS fund  

The government has revealed the delivery partner for its long-awaited £3.5bn debt guarantee fund for private rented sector homes.

John Sisk and Son crane lift Leamouth Bridge 4

UK improves ranking for risk on construction projects

The UK is now the 5th least likely country in Europe to suffer major disruption in construction projects, and the 10th least likely globally.

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Manchester contractor enters PRS with £45m scheme

Manchester-based contractors McGoff & Byrne have unveiled plans to enter the private rented sector with an initial scheme worth £45m.

NIP sets out plans for energy, flood defences and housing

The government has updated the National Infrastructure Plan for the final time in this Parliament, with direct investment in housing, state-backed guarantees for nuclear and new garden cities all among its plans.

Contractors to face increasing scrutiny in 'roads revolution'

Contractors will come under increasing pressure in the delivery of a new roads revolution, after the government revealed stretching targets in its long-term vision for England’s roads.

Capital spending on growth-promoting infrastructure to hit £36bn by 2020

The government’s total long-term capital spending commitments in the Autumn Statement in ‘key growth-promoting areas’ such as roads and flood defences will total £36.4bn between 2015-16 and 2020-21.

Chancellor unveils Stamp Duty reforms

The chancellor has unveiled a “complete reform” to Stamp Duty tax in a bid to help low and middle income earners onto the property ladder.

Live coverage: autumn statement 2014

Live coverage and reaction as George Osborne delivers the 2014 autumn statement, plus comment and reaction from around the industry.

Government to lay out £2.3bn for flood defence

More than 1,400 flood defence projects will receive up to £2.3bn of government funding to protect thousands of homes.

Infrastructure gets government backing ahead of Autumn Statement

The government is set to back infrastructure projects including energy and housing schemes in a series of funding announcements ahead of the Autumn Statement.

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