Development Finance

Report sets out barriers facing smaller builders

Tue 17 Jan 2017

Numerous and varied barriers, including finance, planning and red tape are preventing smaller firms from playing a bigger part in tackling the housing crisis in the UK, according to a new report. Over the past 25 years the number of SME builders has reduced by around 80%, but just getting back to the number operating […]

Consultation out on Scottish planning changes to speed up development

Mon 16 Jan 2017

Plans for major changes to the Scottish planning system have been published with the aim of zoning more land for new homes and promoting self builds. Like the rest of the UK, planning is regarded in Scotland as being not as efficient and speedy as it should be and the Scottish Government has set out […]

Fraud investigators issue empty property warning

Mon 16 Jan 2017

Home owners in the UK are being warned that there are groups of criminals actively targeting empty properties which they use to apply for a mortgage or loan. The scams are not new and the reason for the current spate is unclear but the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s Proactive Intelligence Team has issued a warning. […]

Small builders costs hit by falling pound

Mon 9 Jan 2017

The majority of smaller builders in the UK are being affected by currency changes caused by the decision to leave the European Union, new research shows. After the result of the referendum on the EU the pound lost out against other currencies including the euro and the US dollar and this is affecting builders as […]

Pilot launched to speed up building blocked by infrastructure delays

Thu 5 Jan 2017

A new government backed pilot scheme has been launched to unblock infrastructure hold ups that are delaying the building of new homes in the UK. It has been set up by the Housing and Finance Institute, who recently published a major report which highlighted how failing water companies are severely infringing the ability of private […]

Helen Searle joins Regentsmead

Tue 3 Jan 2017

Helen Searle has joined Regentsmead as a business development manager. Searle, who has spent the last four years working with AToM as a senior commercial mortgage manager, will be promoting the development finance lender and its’ products to the broker market. Ashley Ilsen, Regentsmead head of lending and CMO, said: “We’re delighted to get Helen […]

Planning fee increase would help improve home building applications

Tue 13 Dec 2016

Planning cuts make the government’s housing targets impossible to meet, according to the vast majority of local authorities who also want to see a rise in fees. Nearly 90% of local authorities believe that a cash injection is needed as their resources are not sufficient to meet the target of a million new homes by […]

Mayor of London announces new planning rules

Wed 30 Nov 2016

The Mayor of London has announced new planning rules to speed up the building of more affordable housing in the city which has a shortage of homes at the lower end of the market. Sadiq Khan also announced plans for how the record breaking investment funding of £3.15bn announced in last week’s autumn statement will […]

Change could see developers build on green belt

Tue 29 Nov 2016

A government initiative to remove protections on one part of the UK’s green belt in return for creating a new area of protected land elsewhere is expected to be given the go ahead next month. The move is expected to be publicly backed by ministers in a White Paper in December and is seen as […]

Masthaven Bank opens for business

Mon 28 Nov 2016

Masthaven Bank opened for business today offering savings products as well as bridging and development finance. Masthaven Bank is majority owned by its chief executive Andrew Bloom, though 80% of its employees hold shares. Jon Hall, managing director of Masthaven, said: “Today marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our journey, and I […]