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 Interview - Chris Tinker, Crest Nicholson

Crest Nicholson veteran Chris Tinker is interim ceo of the business until the autumn. He talks to Suzie Mayes about the challenges the company has faced and its new strategy, featuring much multi-tenure housing.

The local election effect

The local elections have left some local plans in doubt following changes in council leadership. Suzie Mayes finds out what this might mean for housing

Funding good design

With the government's sharp focus on good homes design, Homes England is devising essential design standards for developers looking to access its funds and schemes. Mark Smulian reports