February 2023

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In this issue

Women at work

As HBF and Women into Construction launch a site management programme for women, Suzie Mayes talks to women in housebuilding roles about their careers, experiences and addressing the industry's gender imbalance

The Interview - Chris Chiles, Elivia Homes

Chris Chiles is ceo of Elivia Homes, the former Vanderbilt and Crayfern Homes. He tells Suzie Mayes about his journey to the revitalised business, its keen design focus and plans to double in size.

Proposed green belt policy set to worsen housing crisis

Karen Charles, executive director of Boyer, says proposed revisions to the NPPF on green belt may see local authorities failing to address housing in their areas with the changes already delaying local plans.

Supreme sites

NHBC revealed its Pride in the Job Supreme winners and runners up last month, celebrating the best site managers in the country, Housebuilder reports.

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Finally BNG

After two delays, mandatory BNG comes into effect for most new sites on February 12. Suzie Mayes reports on what the 10% uplift involves and the challenges and opportunities for housebuilders

The Future is now

The delayed Future Homes Standard consultation launched in December. Suzie Mayes considers its main aspects and gathers the industry’s views, also on the issues around delivering zero carbon ready homes

The Interview – Ben Leather, Spitfire Homes

Since becoming md of Spitfire Homes in 2019, Ben Leather has directed the once purely bespoke firm’s expansion into the wider market. He talks to Suzie Mayes about a more standardised approach, keeping the SME’s identity and the troubled planning system

Celebrating the best in site management

NHBC recently honoured the Supreme Award winners and runners up of its prestigious Pride in the Job competition. Housebuilder reveals those site managers who triumphed and underlines the importance of the contest in creating quality homes