Simon Clarke appointed new housing secretary

Simon Clarke has been appointed housing secretary in new prime minister Liz Truss’ government. Clarke, who replaces Greg Clark in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities only two months after the latter was appointed, has been MP for Middlesborough South and East Cleveland since 2017. He was previously chief secretary to the Treasury,

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Vistry to buy Countryside

Vistry is to buy Countryside for a cash and share offer of £1.25 billion. In a statement made to the stock exchange today (Monday 5th September), the firm said that combining the two firms “would create one of the country’s leading homebuilders, comprising a top tier housebuilder and a leading partnerships business, with capability across

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Cala receives permission for first net zero enabled home

Cala Homes is to build its first net zero carbon “enabled” home at its Hampton Lakes scheme in Peterborough after securing consent from Peterborough City Council. The housebuilder said the pilot project would enable the company and its subcontractors to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to step up its roll out of green technology

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Countryside up for sale

Following pressure from shareholders, Countryside has begun the process of putting itself up for sale. The partnerships-focused housebuilder reported on the 13th June, that it had decided to “conduct an orderly process” of finding a bidder willing to offer a value for the company “that the board considers compelling relative to the long-term standalone prospects

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Private registrations up 31% in Q1 – NHBC

UK new home registrations increased 25% in the first quarter of 2022 against the same period last year, with private registrations up 31% but completions slightly down, according to the latest NHBC data. In Q1 2022, a total of 45,991 new homes were registered to be built. Of these, 35,134 were for the private sector

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Vistry expects 2022 profit at “top end” of forecasts

Vistry Group expects its profit for 2022 to be at the top end of forecasts.  Providing an update on the period from January 1 2022 to the present day, the housebuilder said that with the continuing strong demand for its homes, profit expectations for its first half had “moved forward”. For the full year, it

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Strong results for Vistry and Persimmon

Vistry and Persimmon has announced final results for 2021 today, with both showing increases in completions, revenue and profit. In announcing its results, Vistry gave its backing to HBF’s response to housing secretary Michael Gove on a proposed plan to remediate cladding and tackle fire safety. The firm said the additional costs of implementing the

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TW sees “strong” 2021

Taylor Wimpey has enjoyed “strong” full year results matching its expectations, with the housebuilder seeing a 47% increase in its completions and revenue rising 53.6% against 2020. Issuing its results for the year ending December 31 2021, the business achieved 14,087 home completions against 2020’s 9,609. This compares to the pre-pandemic 16,042 of 2019. Taylor

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Material and labour shortages slowing London housebuilding – mayor

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London,  has warned that rising material prices and labour shortages are hampering housebuilding in the capital, citing the “double impact” of the pandemic and Brexit. According to government data, the cost of construction materials including steel, timber and concrete for all types of work increased 23% in the UK in

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Homes demand is up!

The housing market remains notably busy, with demand for homes in the new year up 49% compared with the three-year average, according to Zoopla. This reflects the total number of buyers contacting agents in the four weeks to January 16 2022, compared to the average over a similar period between 2018 and 2021. The property

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