Week commencing 5 September 2016

In today's bulletin

• Collaboration key to solving house building skills crisis
• More public land goes to housing

• ‘Do more to protect rural bus routes’
• Waste management could mean closure of half of UK businesses

Property, Planning and Regeneration

Collaboration key to solving house building skills crisis

Better collaboration between developers and subcontractors is the key to filling the shortfall in skilled labour, according to a report by the Home Building Skills Partnership. The report advises that better visibility on
future work, prompt payment and sharing training resources will enable subcontractors to grow and therefore increase industry capacity.

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More public land goes to housing

A further 13 sites, amounting to 1,200 hectares, of public sector land have been released for housing projects by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
This latest sale contributes to the MoD’s aim to reduce the size of the defence estate by 30 per cent over the next 25 years.

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Two-thirds of builders yet to see impact of Brexit

A majority (69 per cent) of SME house builders have seen no significant change to project pipelines since the UK voted to leave the EU,
according to research from the Federation of Master Builders

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Network Rail plans to deliver 12,000 new homes

Network Rail has identified 200 sites suitable for housing developments which it plans to release by 2020. The land would be suitable to develop
approximately 5,000 new homes in London, 3,600 in the North of England, 1,700 in the Midlands, and around 1,400 in the west of England.

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Residential market rebounds from initial Brexit blip

The latest UK Residential Market Survey has shown a “slight upturn” in the sector as it begins to recover from the initial impact of the Brexit vote.
The August survey, released by RICS, showed steeper house price rises and steady sales figures.

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill released by Government

A new Neighbourhood Planning Bill has been released by the government suggesting reforms to speed up the planning process. Measures include simplifying the compulsory purchase order process and only introducing
pre-commencement planning regulations when strictly necessary, in line with promises made in the Queen’s Speech.

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Transport

‘Do more to protect rural bus routes’

The Campaign for Better Transport says rural bus routes should be protected by enforced council needs assessments, more funding and joined up thinking
among different local authorities.

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Lorry trial cuts pollution and traffic jams

Air quality has been improved and congestion reduced in a pilot HGV scheme
likely to boost the economy by £33million over the next decade.

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Electric buses to improve London’s air quality

London will have Europe’s biggest electric bus fleet when an order of 51
new vehicles arrives to run on two routes in the capital.

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Energy and environment

DfT called on to incentivise low emission vehicles

The Environmental Audit Committee has called on the Department for Transport to incentivise the take-up of ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs),
including helping workplaces invest in charging points

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Waste management could mean closure of half of UK businesses

Nearly half of UK businesses are not complying fully with waste management law, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Waste Management. The survey shows that while 97 per cent of businesses believe they are
complying with obligations under waste ‘Duty of Care’ law, many are leaving themselves open to unlimited fines, prosecution and potential closure due to their lack of awareness.

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Government’s new and improved approach to flooding

The government is trying to improve the nation’s approach to rain and flood defences as a result of lessons learnt from last winter’s floods. Following the National Flood Resilience Review, the government is launching projects
to look at new natural flood management strategies and up-to-date modelling as ways of managing the environment.

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Government missing 2020 renewable energy targets

A report from the Energy and Climate Change Committee has warned that the UK will fail to achieve its 2020 renewable energy targets without policy improvements.
Currently the UK is on track to meet its electricity targets, but is not yet halfway towards meeting the heat target for renewable energy.

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