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A former derelict site close to Cleckheaton town centre has been transformed into an impressive affordable housing development by Unity Homes and Enterprise.
Seven brand new two-bed homes have been built at the location previously occupied by the Albion Works and Northgate Mills complex, which had been purchased by Tesco.
Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association (NRHA) is breaking new ground with an innovative affordable housing pilot project in Norton near Daventry.
Working in partnership with Norton Parish Council, Snowdon Homes and Orbit Homes, NRHA has submitted a planning application for a scheme comprising eight affordable homes, two properties for local market sale and two, four bedroom self-build plots.
COVID 19 – a residential landlord's perspective by Jason Hobday, Associate, and Nigel Emmerson, Partner, at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson
We find ourselves in unprecedented times for the modern era. In this every changing environment, with an overload of government guidance, and which is changing on a daily basis, residential landlords are eager to understand what obligations they may have towards their tenants. Whilst many landlords will be motivated by a laudable desire to act in the best interests of their tenants, care should be taken to ensure that they do not inadvertently find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
As at the time of writing landlords are not under any direct statutory duties in relation to taking steps to support the government's strategy for dealing with COVID-19 – which has now reached phase 2 – 'delaying the spread of the virus'. This may however change in the coming days and weeks and so the position should be closely monitored using the Public Health England guidance https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
Northern Ireland headquartered building products specialist celebrates 60 years of business
Staff at AG (formerly Acheson + Glover) have gathered at each of the company’s locations to celebrate 60 years of business. The first of a series of celebratory events was held in Fivemiletown – where three generations of the Acheson family joined staff to mark the firm’s historic milestone.
The hard landscaping and building products provider, formed in March 1960 employs more than 230 people.
Expert comment on the announcement of a new Green Heat Network Fund in yesterday’s Budget Statement
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunaq, yesterday outlined a number of funding commitments for low carbon heat in his Budget Statement. An element of that is a £270 investment in a new Green Heat Network Fund to run from 2022 to 2025, to follow on from the Heat Network Investment Project. It is designed to ensure that heat networks adopt the most cost-effective low carbon heat sources.
Anthony Coates-Smith, managing director of Insite Energy, a London-based heat network metering and billing payment specialist, which manages approximately 250 UK heat network schemes, says:
“The announcement of a new Green Heat Network Fund is a positive reinforcement of the role that well designed and operated heat networks can play in achieving the UK’s ‘net zero’ 2050 challenge.
Thanks to today’s Budget 2020 meeting, the new Affordable Homes Programme will get a much needed £12bn multi-year settlement and £400 million for ambitious Mayoral Combined Authorities and local areas to establish housing on brownfield land across the country.
Tom Slingsby, chief executive of property developer Southern Grove, which focuses heavily on creating affordable homes, comments:
“This cash boost for affordable homes will underpin building for many years to come and is a declaration of war on a housing crisis that isn’t going away.