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The scale of our housing problem is immense with a great chasm between demand and supply, escalating prices across the UK to levels way beyond what a first time buyer can ever hope to achieve.  In a bid to reform the market and boost the supply of new homes, the Government’s much-awaited housing white paper, Fixing Our Broken Housing Market, was greeted with cautious optimism by some, but is a much needed step in the right direction.

Following last year’s refreshing announcement that the WELL Building Standard would be aligned with global sustainability standard BREEAM, there is further good news this week with the BRE and the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) publishing a briefing paper which will greatly simplify the process of obtaining both a Certified BREEAM and a WELL Certified™ rating.

There’s no denying the British love of wildlife but when it comes to planning applications, most of us have no idea what species are protected and what an ecology report entails. With planning consents being issued with ecological conditions added by the local authority, many developers, architects and building owners will overlook this aspect until it is too late. To prevent a development being held up, or at worst, a breach of planning consent, it’s vital that you include ecological assessments carried out by a qualified Ecologist at the earliest stage in a project’s development.

Britain might be one of the world’s richest countries but housing is in a crisis of under-delivery.  In another bid to tackle this shortage, the Government’s proposed 14 ‘garden villages’ and three additional ‘garden towns’ across England will see more than 48,000 new homes created, turning smaller hamlets into villages and expanding existing towns onto nearby land.