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A positive close to the year as confidence returns to the housing market

27 January 2020

Year-on-year, both the number of prospective buyers and number of sales agreed rose according to NAEA Propertymark's Housing Market Report. Read More...

CMA gives details of cartel investigation and sanctions

23 January 2020

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its decision on a cartel of Berkshire estate agents where they conspired, for seven years, to set minimum commission rates where they were the top agents. Read More...

Grenfell response pledges prompt improvement to building safety

23 January 2020

The UK Government’s response to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 Report proposes measures to ‘go further and faster to improve the safety of residents.’ Read More...

Insurance market changes - what does this mean for UK businesses?

21 January 2020

Gallagher, insurance brokerage and risk management services firm outlines the risks they believe your business should be aware of in 2020. Read More...

Government addresses PAC recommendations on housing market.

Friday 04 October 2019

The Government has responded to the Public Accounts Committee’s (PAC) report “Planning and the broken housing market”, and has agreed with recommendations that the Government should set out what measures to take when local authorities fail to produce local plans.

The report set out recommendations by the Committee – whose remit is to scrutinise value for money on public spending – on the Government’s plans to build 300,000 new homes per year from the middle of 2020.

It also agreed to setting milestones for the Planning Inspectorate’s performance improvements across the full range of all its services, and to monitor whether reforms to the Community Infrastructure Levy and section 106 are having the impact that is necessary and adjust or adapt accordingly.

However the Government disagreed with recommendations that it should set out, in a single publicly available document, the full set of actions it is taking to achieve the target of 300,000 new homes and include year-on-year projections for the number of new homes it expects to be built.

It also rejected recommendations to set out its expectations for the types, tenures, and amounts of affordable and social housing to be delivered, and on what a sufficient quantity of final build should look like.

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