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Housebuilding

Housebuilding

Building For The Future Should Start Now

Whilst there is no single key that unlocks success for a business, planning for the future must be one of the most pivotal considerations. It is forward-thinking and proactive businesses that are profitable and succeed, even in the tough times. It is not easy to weather the uncertainties that the economy can throw up or to even try to pre-empt market trends before the crowd, but those businesses that try to do this are more prepared and more resilient when faced with challenges.

The construction sector knows all too well how quickly challenging trading conditions can arise.

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What does the new Insurance Distribution Directive mean for NHBC’s Buildmark Cover?

The Insurance Distribution Directive (the “IDD”) came into force on 1 October 2018. For many people, whether in the housebuilding sector or not, this particular piece of legislation probably hasn’t grabbed their attention.

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Scottish Ministers’ Dairy Decision Lactose Material Planning Considerations

Bricks

On 23 January 2019 the Court of Session quashed the Scottish Ministers' decision to refuse Graham's Dairy appeal for residential development near Bridge of Allan. 

The decision provides useful guidance to developers and decision makers as to how Scottish Planning Policy should be applied where there is a shortage in the five year effective housing land supply.  The Court was critical of the Scottish Government’s handling of the appeal and failure to keep its reasoning up to date, describing it as a “somewhat careless approach to decision making”.  

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Community Empowerment - New Rights, New Mindsets, New Thinking?

A few days ago, a community organisation forwarded to me a circular letter issued by the Scottish Government – highlighting the roll-out of further community rights regarding neglected abandoned or detrimental land and (still in train) land for sustainable development.

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Is the Scottish housing market bucking the Brexit trend?

The announcement at the end of last week of Springfield Properties plc’s acquisition of Walker Group is a great indicator of the strength of the Scottish housing market.

The deal – in which we acted for Springfield – helps strengthen Springfield’s presence in the Central Belt, particularly around Edinburgh.

One of the key things that struck me in the press coverage following the deal was Springfield’s Sandy Adam’s comment that “The most important thing about any company is the people and not the properties”.  I think that’s true of a lot of businesses, but especially so

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Housing Supply - What's In A Number?

Bricks

At a hearing into one of our clients’ residential developments last year, a local resident commented that it was easier to measure the distance to the sun or the breadth of a human hair than calculate the housing land supply in Renfrewshire. No one disagreed. 

While it is well established that local authorities must maintain at least a five-year effective housing land supply at all times, disputes as to whether they are allocating enough land for housing are common place. 

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Delivering More?

'Delivering More’ is the aptly named title of Homes for Scotland's latest strategy which was launched at its annual conference at Murrayfield Stadium last week.

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Affordable Homes - New Models, New Opportunities

I was very interested to see the announcement last week of a project involving 50 affordable rented homes in Dunbar – billed as “Scotland’s first affordable rented homes built without government subsidy”.  The search for new models which can allow affordable homes to be made available with minimal public funding - and ideally with minimal public sector exposure (whether in the form of guarantees or otherwise) – has been a feature of the housing scene in Scotland for some years.

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SEPA’S New Licensing Requirements: Is Your Construction Site Compliant?

Kate Primrose

Are you involved in a construction project?  If so, are you fully aware of the changes to SEPA’s Controlled Activities Regulations which came into effect in September?

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Is Late Living Coming of Age?

Retirement living is a hot topic it seems. Not just with those eagerly looking forward to life after the daily grind of earning an honest living, but also increasingly amongst developers, operators and investors as the sector is seen as a valuable business opportunity that has significant potential for growth.

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