Week commencing 26 June 2017

In today's bulletin

• UK house price growth bounces back in June
• RTPI urges Government to press on with new builds

• Construction sites to be human-free and robot run by 2050, predicts Balfour Beatty
• Europe-wide initiative to deliver clean energy launched

Property, Planning and Regeneration

UK house price growth bounces back in June

After three months of falling, UK house prices bounced back in June, according to mortgage lender Nationwide. House prices rose by
1.1 per cent during the month, after falling by 0.2 per cent in May.

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TCPA launches review into English planning system reform

The Raynsford Review of Planning, chaired by former planning minister Nick Raynsford, has been established by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) to identify how the Government can reform the English planning system, to make it fairer and better resourced, while still encouraging
the development of new homes. Evidence is being collected over an 18-month period from June 2017, and guidance will be presented to all major party conferences in autumn 2018.

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RTPI urges Government to press on with new builds

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has encouraged the Government to act quickly to solve the housing crisis and published measures it believes should be taken to achieve this. Following the Queen’s Speech, the RTPI
has put forward 12 recommendations on a variety of policy areas, in addition to raising concerns over the post-Brexit future of the planning profession.

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Public concerned over government response to housing crisis, new CIH survey shows

A new Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) survey has shown the majority of people believe the housing market is unfair, and are concerned about the Government’s response to the housing crisis. Almost three quarters of
respondents said they think there is a housing crisis in Britain, with only 18 per cent believing the Government has the right policies to solve it.

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Office space costs narrow between regions

The difference in office costs, between London and regional centres, has narrowed following last year’s record high, according to Lambert Smith Hampton. Across the “big six” cities, of Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol,
Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow, the average price of a workstation now stands at 42 per cent below London’s Midtown district (down from 44 per cent last year).

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Transport

Heathrow’s third runway tops Lord Adonis’ top 12 infrastructure projects

In a post-election statement published on 26 June, chairman of the independent National Infrastructure Commission, Lord Adonis, has urged
the Government to push on with major infrastructure projects, such as Heathrow’s third runway, despite Brexit and a hung parliament.

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Construction sites to be human-free and robot run by 2050, predicts Balfour Beatty

In their ‘Innovation 2050: A Digital Future for the Infrastructure Industry’ paper released last month, leading international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty predicted the digitisation of construction, with advances in robotics and
artificial intelligence set to be a “game-changer” for the industry as we move towards “humanless” construction sites by 2050.

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Billions of pounds in road upgrades announced

Transport Minister, Jesse Norman MP, announced a £6.1 billion programme of road improvements on 20 June. Part of a £23 billion package of planned upgrades to the English road network, the improvement scheme will aim to
reduce journey times and congestion on the roads while increasing capacity. The government has earmarked 55 areas across the country for road improvements over the next six months.

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Energy and environment

Europe-wide initiative to deliver clean energy launched

On 26 June an initiative to promote a European-wide electricity market that delivers clean energy to all consumers was launched. ‘Make Power Clean’, a collaboration of 13 industry leaders and associations, supports the European Commission’s proposal for a carbon eligibility criterion – a key step in
ensuring an efficient EU climate and energy policy. Part of its work will include advocating against additional aid for power plants with higher levels of CO2 emissions.

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