May 2018

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The Interview - Joseph Rajah, Joseph Homes

Joseph Rajah started his business during the downturn and now delivers innovative homes in greater London. He talks to Suzie Mayes about taking on challenges, the company's values and space-efficient design

All-star builders

Twenty housebuilders have been rated five star in the latest HBF/NHBC customer satisfaction survey. Suzie Mayes talks to some of those who have achieved the highest rating and asks what it takes to be five star

Councillors prioritise housing delivery

A survey of planning committee members reveals that they think the housing crisis is getting worse. But residents are showing signs of recognising the need for more homes, of the right type, in their area.

HBF Viewpoint

HBF Policy director David O'Leary argues that the government needs to be more vocal about the successes it has enjoyed with its housing policies

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HBF Policy Conference

The HBF Policy Conference covered a wide range of issues facing the industry, with challenges old and new up for debate. Housebuilder reports

The Interview - Chris Weedon, Stonebond Properties

Chris Weedon is the amiable md of Stonebond properties, a small housebuilder owned by the founders of Countryside. He talks to Suzie Mayes about his ambitious growth trajectory, taking care over community consultation and what he has learned from his years at Countryside

Nature net gain

In its Spring Statement, the government confirmed it would mandate biodiversity net gain in new schemes in England. Before this announcement, Suzie Mayes found out the industry's views on the plans and what housebuilders are doing to encourage and protect biodiversity

MMC identity

Richard Lankshear, NHBC's innovation manager, looks at what is deemed a modern method of construction and the systems NHBC has been reviewing