NFB and RIBA respond to Budget 2014

Following on from the Budget statement 2014 which took place yesterday, here is a summary of the responses from both RIBA and the National Federation of Builders.

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The National Federation of Builders (NFB) welcomed the chancellor’s continued recognition of construction and house building in the 2014 Budget statement. The £500 million Builders Finance Fund aimed at unblocking finance for small developers should help support existing government measures to boost small business finance such as the British Business Bank and help small builders to build.

The extension of Help to Buy, new measures to support self-build and the announcement that Ebbsfleet is set to be the first modern garden city are positive signs that government is supporting the construction industry and therefore the wider economy. However, the chancellor shied away from taking bolder steps to get Britain building such as including major housing projects under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) planning regime.

Continued positive economic growth, as highlighted in the OBR forecasts, should help unlock further private investment and ensure a sustainable recovery in the construction industry but further planning reform and measures to boost retrofit were missed opportunities. The NFB hopes that all political parties will recognise the value of construction to the economy as they prepare their 2015 manifestos as it is a sector that generates £2.84 for every £1 invested.

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Self-Build Zone and Build-Zone Structural Warranties exhibiting at the National Home Improvement Show

The UK’s leading event for home improvers, the National Home Improvement Show, brings together high quality suppliers and experts in one place and Self-Build Zone and Build-Zone Structural Warranties are delighted to be exhibiting again.

Self-Build Zone is providers of site insurance which is essential for anyone planning an extension, renovation, conversion or new build. Whilst Build-Zone has been providing structural warranties since 2003 and is a major force in the provision of structural warranty products in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The show attracts many visitors from the self-build sector, not just those actively engaged in a new build, but also those people using self-build as a route to completing a home extension or major remodelling project – all of which require our bespoke range of insurance and warranty products.

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Mortgage lending up in September whilst approvals dropped

Figures from the British Bankers Association (BBA) have found that the figure for gross mortgage lending in September increased to £8.4billion, despite approvals dipping slightly.

The amount of money lent by the banks was up from £8.3 billion in August, with a spokesperson for the BBA suggesting that the increase is due to more activity in the buy to let market.

However, the number of mortgage approvals were down 6% compared to August’s figures. 33,130 mortgage loans were approved in September, whereas at the height of the housing market there were about 130,000 approvals a month.

First time buyers who are struggling to get on the property ladder are still concerned about the lack of mortgage lending but the number of 90% mortgages on the market are increasing, so it is important to keep looking.

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Take the Government Self Build Survey 2011

As part of the Government’s initiative to help more people to self build a home for themselves, the Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a survey for self builders.

This short survey asks self builders about their projects to gauge the growth potential of the self build market and the finance needs of self-builders.

Take the 2011 self build survey here.

The results of the survey will feed into work that the Government is doing with the Building Societies Association and lending institutions to make more finance products available to self builders, and to help implement the recently published Self Build Housing Action Plan, The report of the Self Build Government-Industry Working Group, NaSBA,  An Action Plan to Promote the Growth of Self-build Housing from the Self Build Government Industry Working Group, involving Self Build Zone Director, Simon Middleton.



Build Zone welcomes launch of ‘Action Plan to promote the growth of self build housing’

An industry briefing of the long-awaited proposals that aim to boost the number of self-builds that take place in the UK took place on Tuesday 12th July. The resulting report, An Action Plan to Promote the Growth of Self-build Housing will be formally launched next week and is the result of six months work from the Self Build Government Industry Working Group, involving Build Zone Director, Simon Middleton.

Working with the Government, the National Self Build Association (NaSBA), published an action plan to promote the growth of self build in the UK. This was the culmination of more than six months work, involving over 100 experts in the self build sector. The report calls for action on four fronts and lists proposals that should to make more land available for self builders and more finance/mortgages; it should also result in less regulation and red tape and better independent advice to encourage more people to build their own homes.

Grant Shapps said at the briefing ““This is an enormously important moment in the housing history of this country,”

He went on to say:

“Self-build isn’t happening anywhere near its potential in the UK, and these proposals go a significant way to helping achieve my aspiration of doubling the number of homes self-built each year.”

I don’t want this to be a one-off process, rather the start of a revolution. The age of self-build has come,” he said.

The proposals in the plan will now be considered by Government and an implementation group will be established to monitor the progress. It is understood that the aim is to see everything in place by spring 2012. We will keep you updated as things progress.

For more information from Build Zone about Structural Warranties, 10 Year Structural Warranties, contact the Build-Zone team on (0)845 230 9873 or email sales@build-zone.com

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