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Development economics, raising funding or investment for new projects, financial viability and appraisal, and long term management of schemes.

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Andy Street WMCA

Need to know: L&G to invest £4bn in West Midlands regeneration

Agreement between West Midlands Combined Authority and investor Legal and General will help drive regeneration, housing and levelling up.

 

Francis Truss, Carter Jonas

Opinion: Looking for the value in biodiversity net gain

Biodiversity net gain may present challenges in its potential to reduce developer contributions or limit land values but it can also add value, writes Francis Truss.

Housebuilding

Need to know: Call for rethink on housing association right to buy

Media reports that government is considering allowing housing association tenants right to buy their homes at a discount prompt response from affordable housing bodies.

Lawrence Turner, Boyer

Opinion: What a new development tax could mean for delivery of infrastructure and affordable homes

Lawrence Turner looks at the potential implications of replacing CIL and S106 developer contributions with a single flat-rate levy.

Joey Gardiner

Opinion: Gove's squeeze on housebuilders could push them away from brownfield sites

Housing secretary Michael Gove's plans to secure a further contribution from housebuilders to help remedy the cladding crisis could have unintended consequences, writes Joey Gardiner.

Marks & Spencer

Need to know: Marks & Spencer Marble Arch store rebuild plan paused

Government intervenes to examine plans to replace flagship London store building, which have been criticised for potential environmental impact.

Tim Williams

Opinion: Developers need to deliver on ESG commitments

Recent plans for developer levies in Australia to fund social or green homes have been dropped in the face of fierce lobbying. Developers can and should do better, writes Tim Williams.

Fire safety

Need to know: Housebuilders sign up to Building Safety Pledge

Industry responds to levelling up secretary Michael Gove's call to commit to remediating fire safety failings in medium rise residential buildings.

Energy saving

Need to know: Sunak axes VAT for home retrofit measures

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces help for homeowners to install energy saving building products and materials in spring statement.

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