April 2021

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Beauty contest

The government has launched a new draft National Model Design Code with proposals to include the word "beauty" in planning rules. Mark Smulian reports on how this might affect the industry

The beauty quandary

Ministers want "beauty" embedded in planning - but what does that mean? David Birkbeck of Design for Homes gives his verdict on recent schemes that have won awards for their design

A view on design

Park View, Woodstock, has been referenced as a good example of beautiful design. Suzie Mayes talks to its creators, Graham Flint, md of Pye Homes Blenheim and Dominic Hare, ceo of Blenheim Estate

The Interview - Andy Hill, Hill

After a productive 2020, Andy Hill, ceo of Hill, talks to Suzie Mayes about his recent highlights and challenges, and how the pandemic has helped his business make improvements

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The Interview - Scott Black, Places for People

Scott Black joined Places for People as group executive director – development in spring 2020. He talks to Suzie Mayes about his work over the past year-and-a-half to help position the business for growth and its blueprint for thriving, new communities

Industry innovation for net zero

Following COP26 in November, Chris Windle looks at how the industry is innovating to make a difference on streets and in developments

Housebuilder Awards 2021

The industry reunited to celebrate the return of the live Housebuilder Awards last month, honouring the best of the best. Housebuilder reports

New year, new Standards

NHBC’s Standards 2022 come into effect in January. Housebuilder outlines the key updates and what additions are likely for the future in response to the environmental agenda and other issues