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  • On 16 February, a new five-year lending alliance between United Trust Bank (UTB) – an established specialist lender – and the government’s housing delivery agency Homes England, was announced. The new £250m fund will support small and medium-sized builders with development finance up to 70% Loan to Gross Development Value (between £1m and £10...

  • The Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (IMLA) has issued a response to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) ‘Improving home energy performance through lenders’ consultation, which closed on 12th February. IMLA accepts that lenders have a pivotal role to play in tackling climate change and recognises the...

  • The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that Peter Baker, their current Director of Building Safety and Construction, will start in the new post of Chief Inspector of Buildings immediately. This comes following recommendations in the Dame Judith Hackitt report, ‘Building a Safer Future’ following the Grenfell tragedy. In...

  • The Chancellor has announced that the next Budget will take place on 3 March 2021, after having moved it from Autumn 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Clearly, it comes at a very difficult time as the economy deals with the fallout from the pandemic and Brexit. Indeed the Office for Budget Responsibility...

  • The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has opened a consultation seeking views on the draft revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework and the draft National Model Design Code. The Framework is not yet going to be renewed in its entirety and a fuller review is likely to...