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National housing space standards are published

Proposals for a national space standard for new homes in England have arrived, kept simple with a single set of figures for new dwellings across all tenures of housing.

18 September, 2014
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Cash-strapped councils turning to property development

Local government austerity is prompting more councils to adopt a property developer role instead of selling off surplus assets for one-off capital receipts, according to a report by think tank Localis.

18 September, 2014
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RICS solves housing shortage with 'Amberfield'

The UK's housing shortage demands a new land classification – Amberfield – that could be adopted by local authorities to create a pipeline of ready-to-go development sites for new homes, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) says.

18 September, 2014
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Housing approvals return to 2008 levels

The latest New Housing Pipeline report from the Home Builders Federation shows that the number of planning approvals granted in England in the second quarter of this year was the highest for six years and maintained the recent rising trend. The HBF's…

18 September, 2014
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SuDS plans sunk, planning route proposed

The Government is abandoning plans for sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS) to be approved and adopted by local authority SuDS approval bodies, and now plans to make sustainable drainage a material planning consideration.

18 September, 2014
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Housing review permits just five core standards

All housing standards available to local planning authorities are to be consolidated into just five core standards, only one of which – security – will be mandatory.

18 September, 2014
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This week on Knowledge Communities

…The Global Schindler Award (GSA): an open, anonymous ideas competition intended to engage students of architecture and planning with complex urban conditions – with a $150k prize. Registration deadline 15th November 2014.

11 September, 2014
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Architects rally behind Flanders state architect's office

The Flemish architecture community, with support from some notable UK practices, has been rallying in support of the Flanders state architect's office, the Vlaams Bouwmeester, and its highly regarded Open Call system of competitive procurement.

11 September, 2014
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Boris to oppose industrial conversion proposals

London Mayor Boris Johnson looks set to oppose plans to allow the conversion of light industrial building and warehouses to homes without planning permission, as proposed in the Government's current technical planning consultation.

11 September, 2014
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