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New homes

New home approvals reach highest level since 2008


The number of planning approvals for new homes has risen to the highest level for six years, according to figures released from the Home Builders Federation (HBF)

Fletcher Priest Waterbeach

Fletcher Priest scoops Cambridgeshire housing


Fletcher Priest has been appointed to work on a huge housing scheme on Ministry of Defence (MOD) land in Cambridgeshire

House building

England sees largest growth in housing starts since 1976


Figures released by the government today show housing starts are up by 22 per cent year on year

Brandon Lewis

Housing minister Brandon Lewis calls for more ‘bungalow love’


The new housing and planning minister Brandon Lewis has called for the nation – and particularly builders – to love bungalows ‘a little bit more’


Housebuilder calls for green-belt development reform


The chief executive of housebuilder Persimmon has called for a relaxation of rules on developing green-belt land as the company announced increased sales and profits

5plus reworked designs for the Axis tower (August 2014)

Manchester's Axis office tower re-emerges as homes


Stalled plans for a 18-storey office block in Manchester have been brought back to life by 5plus Architects - as a 28-storey residential tower

Coffey Architects

Construction begins on Coffey's St Albans house


[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Work is set to begin on Coffey Architects private house in Harpenden, St Albans

Nick Clegg

Clegg: Homeowners won’t lose out from garden cities


Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has suggested homeowners could receive compensation if their homes are affected by plans for new garden cities

Colville Estate in east London - Phase 3 approved July 2014

Hackney approves towers by Karakusevic Carson and Chipperfield


Karakusevic Carson Architects and David Chipperfield Architects have won planning for two apartment towers on the Colville Estate in Hackney, east London

Morrow and Lorraine Great Marlborough Street

Office-to-resi schemes ‘fuelling’ commercial shortages


Planning changes allowing offices to be converted into homes have fuelled shortages of commercial space in London and the South East, according to a new report


Alsop heliport tower cleared for take-off


Wandsworth Council has approved a 15-storey residential tower designed by Will Alsop’s ALL Design practice next to London Heliport, in Battersea.

Alison Brooks Architects' proposal for Peabody's Archway site

Revealed: Peabody names new major projects panel


Architects including 2014 Stirling Prize-shortlisted practices Haworth Tompkins and Mecanoo among nine named to deliver 5,000 new homes

Brandon Lewis

New housing minister: ‘We must maintain momentum on housebuilding’


In his first interview since becoming the new joint planning and housing minister, Brandon Lewis talks about his role, council housebuilding and what can be learned from Stirling Prize-winning schemes

Peter Barber Architects' Kiln Place

Peter Barber reveals plans for Gospel Oak housing scheme


[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Peter Barber Architects has revealed plans for a mixed-tenure housing scheme in Gospel Oak, north London

Hilary Benn

Hilary Benn: ‘We want more housebuilders coming into the market’


Shadow communities and local government secretary Hilary Benn MP on the role of architects in housebuilding and on protecting the green belt

Ollier Smurthwaite's 167-home Churchgate in Manchester

Ollier Smurthwaite to lodge Churchgate Manchester plans


The first phase of Ollier Smurthwaite Architects’ housing-led Churchgate scheme is set to be submitted to Manchester City Council for planning permission

Proctor & Matthews

Proctor and Matthews wins go-ahead for Cotswold retirement homes


[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Proctor and Matthews has won planning for a 114-home retirement village in Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Richard Rogers

Rogers: New garden cites 'threaten urban revival'


Richard Rogers has warned that new ‘garden city’ greenfield housing developments favoured by the coalition government risk undermining the potential of urban regeneration and lead to new ‘suburban sprawl’

hhbr's Copper Lane 'co-housing' scheme in Stoke Newington

London's first co-housing scheme completes


Work has completed on this £1.6million project by Henley Halebrown Rorrison (HHbR) which is being hailed as London’s first ‘co-housing’ scheme

Mae Brentford Lock

Mae scoops second phase of Brentford Lock housing


Mae has been appointed for the second phase of the regeneration at Brentford Lock in West London

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