Week commencing 26 November 2018

In today's bulletin

• Mayor falls short of affordable housing target
• Councils get power to strip cladding

• Infrastructure pipeline forecasts £600bn investment
• Government announces first UK carbon capture project

Property, Planning and Regeneration

Mayor falls short of affordable housing target

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, is falling short on delivering the amount of affordable homes London requires by around 45 per cent, a new report from the London Assembly Housing Committee has found.
The new Affordable Housing Monitor published on 28 November reveals that fewer than 5,500 affordable homes have been completed in London in 2017-18, well off the 10,000 average for the last decade.

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Councils get power to strip cladding

James Brokenshire, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has given local authorities permission to start stripping unsafe cladding from private housing blocks and reclaim the costs of doing so from its owners.
The decision came after many landlords refused to replace unsafe cladding on their buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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UKGBC launches zero carbon campaign

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has launched a new task group which will develop an industry-led definition for net zero carbon buildings.
The campaign launched by UKGBC comes in response to the Paris Climate Agreement and the IPCC special report and is calling for all new buildings to be net zero carbon in operation by 2030.

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New home figures continue to grow in October according to NHBC

14,579 new homes were registered this October in the UK, an 8 per cent increase on the same month in 2017, according to the latest figures from the National House Building Council (NHBC).
There’s growth in eight out of 12 regions in the UK, including Yorkshire and Humberside, London, and the South West. Steve Wood, chief executive at NHBC, described the report as “pleasing” and is hopeful that these strong figures will continue into the new year.

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£1 million of funding awarded to restore coastal landmarks

Northwood House Rotunda on the Isle of Wight and the iconic Rock Gardens of Ramsgate are among 25 coastal ‘at risk’ heritage sites to be restored with a share of almost £1 million through the government’s Coastal Revival Fund.
The fund, introduced in 2015, has so far provided £4.7 million to restore and revive 117 coastal projects.

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Savills warns of affordable housing market slowdown

The affordable housing market is at risk of being exposed to a housing market slowdown, due to developers building new homes for market to fund new affordable housing, according to a new report by Savills.
The Affordable Housing: Building through Cycles report found that low level of historical grant funding (Section 106, Town and Country Planning Act 1990) is the main reason house builders have adopted this approach. Savills estimates that a third of the Government’s target of 300,000 new homes a year will need to be priced at sub-market levels, whether for rent or for sale.

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Infrastructure pipeline forecasts £600bn investment

The Government’s 2018 National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline has forecast £600 billion of infrastructure investment over the next decade.
Alongside proposals to harness modern technologies to build infrastructure in the most effective way, the report reveals the significant investment planned for roads, hospitals and schools over the next ten years and includes nearly 700 planned projects.

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New open skies arrangement agreed with the US

Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport, has announced a new air services arrangement with the United States, ensuring the UK remains one of the world’s leading aviation hubs after Brexit for travellers and businesses.
The agreement will guarantee the use of the transatlantic routes used by millions of passengers every year, ensuring people can continue to travel easily between the UK and the US.

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London Assembly calls for single rail strategy

The London Assembly Transport Committee has outlined six short-term priorities for London’s transport authorities to improve train journeys for Londoners.
The report, ‘Broken Rails: A rail service fit for passengers’, recommends a targeted investment plan to help deliver more frequent and longer trains on London’s rail network and a unified rail strategy for London.

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Energy and environment

Government announces first UK carbon capture project

The Government has announced plans for the UK’s first carbon capture storage and usage project, which it hopes will be up and running by the mid-2020s.
The plans were announced at a summit in Edinburgh on Wednesday (28 November), where industry leaders gathered to discuss next steps for the progression of the technology.

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Gove targets halving of water leaks by 2050

The Government has announced a target of halving England’s water leakages by 2050, in addition to a series of measures to improve the resilience of the water supply.
The target was announced in a speech by Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on Monday (26 November). The National Infrastructure Commission welcomed the target, which matches a recommendation they had set out.

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Other News

Invest in infrastructure, say public

Three quarters of people questioned in the latest Global Infrastructure Index from the Global Infrastructure Investment Association, in partnership with Ipsos MORI, believe that investing in the country’s infrastructure is crucial for economic growth.
In addition to this 58 per cent believe more needs to be done to meet the UK’s future infrastructure needs. Sir John Armitt, Chairman of the National Infrastructure Committee has welcomed the strong public support for investing in infrastructure.

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