March 2023

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In this issue

The planning challenge

The government's proposed revisions to the National Planning Framework have caused concerns. As the consultation closes, Suzie Mayes gauges the industry's views on the possible impact to homes delivery.

The Interview - Karl Battersby, Brierley Homes

Karl Battersby is chairman of Brierley Homes, established by North Yorkshire County Council. He talks to Suzie Mayes about the importance of profit, quality housebuilding and bringing building in-house.

Evolving an ageing workforce

Barbara Akinkunmi, assistant design manager at Lovell says the industry must attract younger and more diverse talent to tackle the issue of an ageing workforce.

Planning changes threaten later living delivery

Zoe Curran of planning consultant Boyer (London) looks at how amendments to the National Planning Policy Framework could worsen the housing crisis for the older generation.

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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