Fast Track Planning in Sight – New Government Proposals to unblock housing
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Pressure on LPA’s Government may require local councils to compete in processing planning applications and offer fast-track application services.

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New Housing Standards Handbook
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Essential for Housing Professionals The government’s Housing Standards Review has huge implications for what local planning authorities can and can’t ask for, and how performance in key “technical” areas will be assessed. Focussed on deregulation to boost housing supply, and after 5 years preparation, the new package of standards and regulations came into force just […]

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World’s Tallest Timber Tower – Canada set to lead the way
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Change in Law Now under construction, a special change in law means this fantastic Vancouver building is about to claim the title of the world’s timber tower. When complete in 2017, the 18-storey (53m) tower, called Brock Commons, will house hundreds of students at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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232,000 New Workers Needed
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Construction Expanding – Skill Shortage Growing Between 2016 and 2020 UK construction will grow by 2.5%. This is less than their 2015 – 2019 prediction of 2.9%, but will still create 232,000 additional jobs. 80,000 will be needed in 2016 alone, with the remaining 152,000 required between 2017 and 2020, with skills demand being rather […]

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