April 2018

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HBF Policy Conference

Ben Roskrow reports from the HBF Policy Conference where there were pleas to tone down industry criticism but with an acceptance that things must change

The Interview - Karl Hick, Larkfleet Homes

Karl Hick is the multi-talented boss of sustainable housebuilder Larkfleet Homes. He talks to Suzie Mayes about Brexit, his company's plans and why the sciences are so important

Forbidden land

Suzie Mayes looks at Greenbelt policy - decades old and widely misunderstood - and what can be done to encourage reform

Homing in on Hopkins

Hopkins Group has grown significantly over the past five years while maintaining the quality of build for which it has become known. Suzie Mayes talks to executive chairman James Hopkins about good design and how the government can help SMEs grow

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The Year Ahead

After a challenging 2018, Suzie Mayes canvasses the views of the industry on what to expect during what is set to be an especially uncertain year

All-party time

A new parliamentary group has been set up to look at how the government can help smaller housebuilders increase housing supply. Ben Roskrow gets the lowdown from chair Andrew Lewer MP and secretary Andrew Cumpsty

The Interview - Keith Miller, Cavanna Homes

Keith Miller, md of Cavanna Homes, is boosting the profile of Torquay-based housebuilder ahead of its 100th anniversary. He speaks to Suzie Mayes about standard house types, health and safety and the joy of being part of a family business

Supreme sites

Four site managers were hailed Supreme Winners at NHBC'S Pride in the Job Awards 2018. Housebuilder celebrates the victors of the accolades, which emphasise the importance of site managers in ensuring quality