Week commencing 14 September 2020

In today's bulletin

• House prices forecast to drop by 14% next year
• New housing targets 'jeopardise any ambition to level-up country

• Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy
• Help design the digital services for future low carbon heat schemes

Property, Planning and Regeneration

House prices forecast to drop by 14% next year

House prices will fall by almost 14 per cent next year once the government’s temporary cut in stamp duty ends and the economic impact of coronavirus
filters through to the property market, according to an analysis by the Centre for Economics and Business.

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New housing targets ‘jeopardise any ambition to level-up country

An updated algorithm designed by government to set how many new homes need to be built in local areas will lead to London and the south seeing a (CIH).
housing boom while swathes of the north will see fewer homes built, councils warn today.

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The real ‘social housing waiting list’ is 500,000 more than official figures

The findings are published in the NHF’s annual People in Housing Need report – the most comprehensive report to date on the state of the nation’s housing crisis.

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Progress in remediating dangerous cladding

Report and recommendations of Public Accounts Committee

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Index of Private Housing Rental Prices, UK: August 2020

Private rental prices paid by tenants in the UK rose by 1.5% in the 12 months to August 2020, up from 1.4% in the 12 months to July 2020.

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Developer community contributions at risk as almost 40,000 fewer homes built as a result of Covid-19

HBF report outlines government figures which demonstrate that developer contributions to communities and other mechanisms in the last year
through Section 106 agreements has been over £7 billion.

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Savills UK office report: Edinburgh market fundamentals remain strong despite uncertainty

According to a new report from Savills, the UK regional office market (excluding central London and the South East) will see rents remain stable despite muted levels of take-up as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This can be attributed to record low vacancy rates, which at present average just 7.5% across the Big-6 regional cities (Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester).

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Transport

Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy

This strategy sets out why decarbonising rail traction is so important and considers the three main ways of doing it – overhead electrification, battery and hydrogen fuel cells.

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Rail and road users to benefit from holistic approach to infrastructure planning

Network Rail and Highways England are taking a holistic approach to improve Britain’s transport infrastructure for rail passengers and road users,
and making it easier for other organisations involved in delivering local transport systems to work with them.

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Energy and environment

Help design the digital services for future low carbon heat schemes

Ofgem is currently conducting user research to capture insights to help it design a user friendly digital service for the schemes.

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Non-hazardous and inert waste: appropriate measures for permitted facilities

Environment Agency consultation on draft guidance.

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Andy Mitchell writes to the Chancellor regarding the CSR

Calls on the Government to support a net-zero carbon retrofit programme for existing homes and funding to unlock infrastructure that enables local regeneration programmes.

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Other News

Government extends support to stop business evictions this year

Commercial tenants will be protected from the risk of eviction until the end of 2020 helping businesses to protect jobs.

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