Help to Buy (England)

In a further development in the Help to Buy debate David Cameron has announced that, as the Conservative party conference gathers in Manchester, the state-backed lenders, Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group, have signed up to the Help to Buy (England) scheme and that the launch date has been brought forward from January. The Help… Read more »

Help to Buy (Scotland)

From today, Monday 30 September, the Help to Buy (Scotland) shared equity scheme is open to all first time buyers and existing homeowners buying a new build home from participating home builders. The Scottish Government are to allocate £220 million over three years for the Help to Buy (Scotland) shared equity scheme to provide financial… Read more »

Building Regulations Scotland, Energy Standards

The Scottish Government have made an announcement regarding the next set of energy standards within Scottish building regulations.  The Minister for Planning, Derek Mackay, has advised that the revised standards, to be introduced from October 2015, will deliver a 21% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from new homes and a 43% reduction in emissions from… Read more »

The Point, New Islington, Manchester

McCaul Developments have just released the first apartments for sale at The Point, New Islington, Manchester, and several have already sold.  Phase One of the development includes 23 apartments and twelve canal houses while Phase 2, which has recently received Planning Permission, will add a further 81 units. CB3 Design are pleased to be working with McCaul… Read more »

Shop online for Shelter

The shopping you do online could help Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity.   Shelter Shopper is a free browser app which, whenever you shop online at retailers such as Amazon, Marks and Spencer, Sainsbury’s and thousands more, generates a donation to Shelter at no extra cost to you. Your next weekly shop, music or clothes purchase… Read more »

Walton Locks, Warrington, progress report

Our Walton Locks project with David Wilson Homes is progressing well.  The site, comprising of 250 units ranging from 2 bed to 4 bed family houses, sits on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal. Apartment blocks C and D are now fully complete and occupied while apartment block E is currently nearing completion.  Planning… Read more »

Government consults on minimum housing space standards

The UK Government is inviting views on a national minimum space standard as part of its’ current review of Building Standards. The consultation is being promoted as part of moves to streamline the welter of housing standards and regulations facing house builders. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said the administration was inviting views… Read more »

Town centre reviews

The UK’s town centres are currently receiving much needed attention from central government regarding the major challenges currently being faced. The external advisory group to the Scottish government’s National Review of Town Centres project has this month published it’s findings, while the UK Government have advised that they will consult “soon” on proposals to relax planning regulations to allow… Read more »

The Scottish Government – ‘Creating Places’

“Creating Places”, Scotland’s new Architecture and Place policy statement, has been launched.  The commitment in the document is one of a series of pro-design pledges with the Scottish Government having promised to put design and placemaking at the heart of revised planning policy which is due to be published by the end of the year.  … Read more »