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Empty Homes: Filling the void

England’s 200,000 plus empty homes are not only a blight on neighbourhoods they are a huge waste of resources at a time when housing demand is far outstripping supply. So why are there so many vacant properties and what can be done to bring them back into use? By Michelle Gordon


Landlords enjoyed a good start to 2017, according to the latest Your Move Buy-to-Let Index for England and Wales, with rents showing growth in all but one region, though yields continue to vary.


The BRE has unveiled the prototype of a flood resilient home to showcase the most effective way to protect housing against flood damage and limit disruption.


One Vision Housing’s (OVH) first housing development in West Lancashire has been recorded with the burial of a time capsule.



Demolition work is underway at Westferry Printworks in London’s Docklands to pave the way for a new waterfront neighbourhood.



The number of properties listed for sale across the UK was almost double the figure for December 2016 as the market emerged from the traditional seasonal slowdown, according to the latest Property Supply Index from online estate agents HouseSimple.com.


The construction “skills gulf” could see wages double as the sector battles to recruit almost one worker every minute to build the homes and infrastructure the UK needs, according to the latest report from Arcadis.


Polly Neate is set to join Shelter as its new chief executive, the homelessness charity has announced.


“I am a man in need of allies,” Gavin Barwell MP admitted yesterday, as he faced an audience of housing professionals taking part in a discussion of the Government’s recently published White Paper.


Developer Orbit has appointed global construction and engineering services company ISG to build the first of 437 homes at its St Anne’s Quarter development in Norwich city centr



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