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Airports Commission rules out 'Boris Island'

The Airports Commission has announced its decision to exclude proposals for an inner Thames Estuary airport from its shortlist of options for new aviation capacity.

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Lib Dems pledge tax cut for energy efficient homes

The Liberal Democrats have pledged a £100 council tax cut for households that invest in retrofitting their homes to improve energy efficiency.

Legal and General eyes London housing zones

Investors eye London's new housing zones

Legal & General Property has become the first institutional investor to reveal it will be investing in the Greater London Authority’s proposed new multi-billion-pound housing zones.

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Largest growth in English housing starts since 1976

Figures released by the government today show housing starts were up by 22 per cent year on year to hit 137,780 in the 12 months to June 2014.

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Miller Group: Help to Buy lender cuts won't impact our trading

Miller Group has dismissed fears over Help to Buy cutbacks by lenders, after it insisted recent changes to lending under the scheme would not have a trading impact.

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EEF demands permanent authority to support infrastructure

Britain’s manufacturers’ association (the EEF) has called for the government to create a permanent infrastructure authority to address the UK’s long term infrastructure requirements and encourage investment in the sector.

Housing schemes shortlisted in £1bn building programme

Three dozen large-scale housing projects have been shortlisted for a share of an £850m fund to encourage the construction of new homes.

Nick Boles takes construction brief

Construction News has learned that skills minister Nick Boles has now been allocated responsibility for construction, rather than business minister Matt Hancock.

Government launches new £200m housing zones prospectus

Councils can now bid for a share of £200m of government funding to speed up the development of new homes across the country.

Government plots Crossrail extension to Herts

Proposals to extend Crossrail to Hertfordshire are being considered by the Department of Transport, the secretary of State Patrick McLoughlin is expected to announce later today

Chancellor backs £15bn ‘One North’ infrastructure proposals

The chancellor has backed proposals for major rail and road link improvements in the North of England, led by five city regions.

Rules mooted to extend office-to-resi rules

Plans to extend rules to enable office-to-residential conversions have been published by the government.

Boris launches £1.3tn London infrastructure plan

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched a consultation on a long-term infrastructure plan for London that could cost £1.3tn to 2050.

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