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New housing agency to boost housebuilding

A new national housing agency – Homes England – has been launched. A new national housing agency – Homes England – has today (11 January 2018) been launched by Housing Secretary Sajid Javid as one of the key steps towards delivering the homes the country needs. As the successor to the[...]

Government’s vision for a greener future launched

Today the government has published its 25 Year Environment Plan. Photo credit: Defra A pledge to eliminate avoidable waste, introduce new safeguards for wildlife and connect more children with nature are among the ambitious plans for a greener future outlined by Prime Minister Theresa May and[...]

Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant opens for applications

Landowners, farmers and foresters can now apply for up to £6,800 per hectare to create new woodland on their property. Photo credit: Natural England From  (Tuesday 2 January 2018), applicants can apply for the Countryside Stewardship Woodland Creation Grant – a scheme to help landowners reap[...]

£200 million funding boost for England’s roads

Funding will help fix potholes and improve the condition of roads.  £46 million to help repair potholes. Road users will benefit from an investment of almost £200 million to help improve the condition of local roads up and down the country, Transport Minister Jesse Norman announced in York[...]

Sustainable fishing nets quota increases for UK fishermen

Today the UK government achieved agreements supporting UK fishermen and sustainable fishing at the annual EU talks on fishing quotas. Fishermen across the country are set for a boost as the UK government’s commitment to sustainable fishing secured significant quota increases for key stocks at[...]

Landmark for English Channel electricity link project

IFA2 project is the first interconnector to have received all necessary consents in the UK. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has issued a comprehensive decision for the IFA2 (Interconnexion France-Angleterre) project under the TEN-E Regulations, after it attained all of the required[...]

Company fined £80,000 for polluting brook with hazardous chemical

Environment Agency investigation launched after hydrochloric acid enters watercourse killing 199 fish in 2015 Over 600 litres of a solution containing hydrochloric acid, caustic soda and water entered Shelf Brook Firth Rixson Metals Limited has been ordered to pay a fine of £80,000 after pleading[...]


CBI Northern Ireland has responded to news of a breakthrough in Brexit talks and to negotiations moving on to the next phase. Commenting on the Brexit breakthrough, CBI NI Director Angela McGowan said: “Businesses in Northern Ireland will welcome news of today’s breakthrough and to negotiations[...]

CMA examines heat networks

The CMA is launching a comprehensive study into domestic heat networks to ensure households are getting a good deal. Heat networks – systems that heat multiple homes from one central source – currently supply about half a million UK homes through about 17,000 networks. They can also be[...]

Boosting construction productivity could deliver £15 billion savings every year

New plans to improve infrastructure and boost the construction sector’s productivity could save £15 billion a year.   Ordsall Chord, one of more than 4,500projects completed since 2010. new £600 billion infrastructure investment pipeline published giving certainty to investors will boost[...]

Construction workers think Brexit will hit government infrastructure projects and ‘intensify skills crisis’, research shows

More than 80 per cent of construction workers believe Brexit will damage the UK’s industry and prevent high-profile government infrastructure projects from being delivered, a new study suggests.  Researchers at Birmingham City University have been examining the views of people working in the[...]


                             Three new experts join NaCSBA’s expert team to aid the growth of                                                   Custom and Self Build

Latest new home registrations in line with 2016, reports NHBC

Developers registered 40,000 new homes to be built in the UK during Q2 2017, according to NHBC’s latest new home registration statistics. 40,343 new homes were registered during the period April – June, a marginal 1% decrease on the 40,810 registered 12 months ago. 29,123 homes were[...]

TWF Now Releasing The First ‘A+’ Rated Energy Efficient Mass Market Housing

Using the latest building materials, technology and construction techniques, TWF has developed a range of quick build, lower cost (over a standard build) A+ rated energy efficient homes for developers/builders and housing authorities to release to the mass market. Depending on the project, TWF can[...]

Worker falls to his death – Contractor goes to jail

The first custodial sentence for health and safety offences and gross negligence manslaughter was handed down at the Court of Appeal in Belfast on 18th May 2017.  The building contractor involved was given a 24-month custodial sentence on the charge of gross negligence manslaughter.  He will[...]


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