Archive | July, 2009

Now on leave until September 7th…

I will be now be away until September 7 on holiday…. In the meantime my colleagues will continue to be up to date with their blogs of course, please click here to see a full list of EG blogs – see you when I get back!  

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Back from my sick bed after an exciting week for housing

Apologies it has been so very long since my last blog post, readers – I have been out of action with the dreaded swine flu for over a week… Before I bore you all with tales of high fever and aching limbs, it’s been a big week in the market – the long awaited Foxtons […]

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Redrow cautious about results in face of impending land review

Two housebuilders have issued trading updates this morning  – Barratt, which is largely positive about its future, and Redrow, which raises a few more notes of caution. Barratt, which has recently said it is back in the land-buying market, seems to have weathered the worst of its own personal storm, as long as it can […]

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So, space standards are here for private homes…or are they?

Mayor of London Boris Johnson unveiled his draft Housing Design Guide today, and as expected, a sizeable portion of it is talking about space. Space inside homes, outside homes, corridors, balconies, walkways, play space, public space, urban space. All houses have to be a certain size, and at the launch today the Mayor was still […]

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Boris’ design guide comes at a crucial time

The Mayor of London is to unveil his long-awaited design guide on Wednesday. This draft guide, which will make recommendations about internal space standards, environmental standards along with other health and safety standards, and has the potential to have a big impact on future housing developments and all those who design or build them. It […]

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Could the Tory “quango cull” affect the HCA?

Just a thought, following on from the Today programme on Radio 4 this morning with further news on David Cameron’s proposals to reduce the number of “unelected quangos” in government. This made me feel slightly nervous over my cornflakes – could the Homes and Communities Agency be one of the organisations set to get the axe? Rumours of […]

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What counts as homeless?

                                                                                              Flkr:courtesy of Arty Lee Smokes A very interesting landmark case is discussed in a blog post here by Jules Birch from Inside Housing. This relates to the issue of women fleeing domestic violence being treated as “homeless” even if they have been given temporary refuge in a shelter. Given that on any day […]

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Leo Noe building damaged in ‘suspicious’ explosion

Property tycoon Leo Noe reportedly left a wedding yesterday evening to turn up in his Bentley at the scene of an explosion in North London. The incident, which is being treated as suspicious by police, put one man in intensive care and injured two others. It’s not entirely clear what happened yet, but it seems […]

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