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WHERE THE HOUSEBUILDING COMMUNITY MEETS MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR- Highly Commended ARE YOU LOCAL? BY RUPERT BATES 23


Selling Agents | Tough times have created a new industry


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Sustainability | Water, water, everywhere


You only had to look through local election manifestos to realize localism will never work when it comes to delivering new homes, even with the presumption in favour of sustainable development announced in the Budget. You can change legislation; you cannot change culture. Even if


the silent majority is ambivalent about more new developments to meet demand and help young people stuck at home with their parents onto the housing ladder, the vocal minority - the ones who will extend their busy-bodying with the advent of localism - invariably do not. They are the people in their comfortable houses, who rail against


development. We went to press before the May 5 Elections, but I’d hazard a guess few local councillors got re-elected wearing hard hats and hi-vis jackets. In terms of canvassing leaflets dropping through my mid Sussex


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Inside Out| Make a splash in as many bathrooms as possible


door there was cross-party consensus on one thing: housing development. - as in nobody wants it. The Sussex Conservatives pledged to scrap Labour’s plans


for 17,000 new homes with a promise to “return planning decisions to local communities and force developers to pay their way for new infrastructure.” I don’t know where these councillors have been all these years as planning gain and S106 requirements have made many perfectly sustainable housing schemes unviable. But in the next pledge the Tories vowed to “ensure Mid Sussex is


open for business by encouraging businesses to invest and create new jobs in the area.” If you are looking to create new jobs, building new homes is a pretty good start, as well as providing accommodation for your new workforce. They go hand in hand and stimulate economic growth. The Home Builders Federation (HBF) claims housebuilding,


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Flooring | The importance of what lies beneath


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Builder’s Breakfast| Dining with the McCarthy family


across England, could create 200,000 new jobs, as well as £1.2 billion of investment from central Government through the New Homes Bonus.


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