Enabling Development: Policies & Legislation – Understanding the Custom Build Homes Sector

Interview with Ted Stevens, Chairman NaSBA

The recent by BuildStore Financial Services Industry Conference – ‘Exploring the latest issues in the property development market, from finance to construction’ brought together developers, lenders and representatives from the construction industry to explore the latest issues, legislation, products and funding availability.

The housing market is now a major priority for the Government and the publication of its Housing Strategy last year presents a unique opportunity for developers to take advantage of the release of public sector land, the push to bring empty properties into use, and the New Homes Bonus Scheme for councils.  The Government is keen to see regional developers play a bigger role in providing new homes, and with commercial lending making a strong comeback through BuildStore, there are real opportunities for developers to profit in the current market.

We thought the presentation from Mario Wolf (DCLG) and Ted Stevens from NaSBA (the National Self Build Association) would interest our readers so we interviewed Ted Stevens Chairman of NaSBA, The voice of the self-build sector.

Enabling Development: Policies & Legislation – Mario Wolf, DCLG and Ted Stevens, NaSBA

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Industry Conference – Exploring the latest issues in the property development market, from finance to construction

The conference, billed as the first of its kind to bring together developers, lenders and representatives from the construction industry to explore the latest issues, legislation, products and funding availability.  Organised by BuildStore Financial Services, the self build, renovation and conversion mortgage specialists, the conference was held at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon on May 29th.

The housing market is now a major priority for the Government and the publication of its Housing Strategy last year presents a unique opportunity for developers to take advantage of the release of public sector land, the push to bring empty properties into use, and the New Homes Bonus Scheme for councils.

The Government is keen to see regional developers play a bigger role in providing new homes, and with commercial lending making a strong comeback through BuildStore, there are real opportunities for developers to profit in the current market.

Build-Zone Director Simon Middleton gave this presentation on The Business of Property Development – The new Home Warranty


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Build-Zone Survey Services Limited is the latest development from structural warranty provider Build-Zone

Build-Zone Survey Services Limited is the latest development from Build-Zone.

Operating as a separate company, it will be managed and run by Andy Butchers, an experienced and successful Building Surveyor and Loss Adjuster. The move will add another dimension to Build-Zone’s already well respected and positioned brand (structural warranty and insurance products for builders, developers and property owners).

One of Andy’s many roles will be to improve the whole ‘client experience’ and to add further products to the portfolio that will cater for self-builders, through to large corporate clients.   Andy has already been given a warm welcome within the industry and is committed to growing the brand and developing strong relationships with suppliers, clients and insurers.

Paul Kempton, Build-Zone Managing Director said:

“By retaining control of products and their supply to Build-Zone customers, as well as having in-house claims knowledge and capacity, Build-Zone Survey Services will make for an even better and more efficient process for all of our clients and insurers”.

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Property Development & Construction Conference exploring the latest issues from finance to construction

The Property Development and Construction conference will be taking place again this year.

The first dedicated conference for property developers took place in 2011; following the success BuildStore Financial Services has now announced its 2012 conference for the residential property market.

The Property Development & Construction Conference in 2012 will be aimed at regional at regional property developers, bringing together developers, lenders and the construction industry.

After the publication of the Governments Housing Strategy last year, the housing market is now a major priority; this creates a unique opportunity for developers to take advantage of the release of public sector land.

The Government are eager to see regional developers play a more influential role in providing new homes; there are real opportunities for developers to profit in the current market.

Where is the conference?

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon

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Get Britain Building Programme receives enthusiastic feedback

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has confirmed that they have received a very positive response to the Get Britain Building Programme with the programme becoming a central part in tackling the housing crisis.

Funding allocations under a special commissioning stage, running alongside the main bidding process, has also been announced.

A total of 170 expressions of interest submissions have been received under the main bidding process, many of these submissions contained bids for multiple schemes. The HCA will now asses these expressions of interest looking at factors such as; value for money, deliverability and fit with local priorities.

A shortlist of schemes should therefore be released by mid-March.

Furthermore, 18 sites will go forward to the next stage of the assessment process to unlock delivery on commissioned schemes, these are of a high importance to particular communities and can create ample local benefits. Up to £46m could be allocated to the 18 commissioned schemes to deliver 1,300 new homes including on public sector sites.

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