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8 INDUSTRY NEWS


Five times the expected number of brownfield sites identified in UK report


An analysis of Brownfield Land Registers has confirmed that one million new homes could be built on the unused sites, with more than two-thirds of these homes being deliverable within the next five years. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), which carried out the analysis, found that the 17,656 sites identified by local planning authorities would provide enough land for a minimum of 1,052,124 homes. This could rise to over 1.1 million once all the registers are published, which, according to the CPRE, is five times the number of homes predicted by the Government. Three of the next five years’ worth of Government housing targets could be met through building homes on brownfield land that has already been identified, reported the CPRE, which hoped this could deter councils from releasing greenfield sites. The areas of England identified as having the highest number of potential “deliverable” homes include London, the north west and the south east, with the new registers giving minimum estimates of 267,859, 160,785 and 132,263 respectively. Rebecca Pullinger, planning campaigner at the CPRE, commented on the analysis: “It’s fantastic news that local authorities have identified so many sites on brownfield land that are ready and waiting to be developed – and shows how wide of the mark the Government’s estimates of brownfield capacity have been.” She added: “Contrary to what the Government and other commentators have said, brownfield sites are also available in areas with high housing pressure. Indeed, our analysis is conservative with its estimates of the potential number of homes that could be built – the figure could be much higher if density is increased and if


more registers looked at small sites. “The Government needs to get on with amending its guidance to make sure that councils identified all the available brownfield sites in their areas. They then need to improve incentives to build on these sites and ensure that they follow through on their commitment that all new-builds should be on brownfield first.”


transition will provide a more stable and healthy housing market. This new housing paradigm should be embraced and welcomed.”


“It is good for government, the economy,


buyers, sellers and industry participants. But it will also take some getting used to. House price growth averaging 2.5 per cent per annum in the UK for the next five years will not excite investors or homeowners, but will lay the foundations for a less volatile housing market in the medium term.”


Edinburgh and Glasgow to outperform UK house prices


House price growth in Edinburgh and Glasgow is set to outperform that of the UK, new research from JLL suggests. The figures revealed that house prices in the next five years are set to grow by 22 per cent in Edinburgh, and 17 per cent in Glasgow, as opposed to 12 per cent in the UK. JLL’s residential forecast for Scotland shows that house price growth has averaged 2.9 per cent per annum over the past five years, aggregating to a 15 per cent recovery. This price growth has come at a time when Scotland, like the rest of the UK, has continued to under-deliver the number of homes necessary to meet demand. Research indicates that Edinburgh is set


to see “unabated growth,” with a lack of new build stock coming onto to the market likely to fuel further increases. The five year forecast of 4.1 per cent per annum is one of the highest city growth forecasts in the UK.


For Glasgow, city centre sales are expected to rise by an average of 3.2 per cent per annum, below that of many UK city centres, but higher than the UK forecast.


Neil Chegwidden, JLL director of residential research, said a “range of factors” had combined to impact housing price growth across the UK. “However,” he continued, “despite the intrusion of Brexit, we believe this


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Restructuring of CITB will leave “skills black hole”


The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has confirmed it will end all direct training by 2020, which, according to union Unite, will create a “skills black hole.” In November last year, the CITB announced a major restructure, with the intention to seek other providers to undertake direct training. In a recent blog post to staff however,


CITB chief executive Sarah Beale detailed the organisation’s decision: “The plans are to exit all direct training by the beginning of 2020, with the intention to sell these activities ideally as a going concern, wherever feasible.


“If we cannot sell these activities, then there is a risk that we will need to discontinue and close some business areas.” Currently, the CITB’s courses are subsidised by profit making activities. Unite, the UK’s construction union, believes that such cross fertilisation is unlikely to attract a private provider. Unite has announced its intentions to write to both incumbent and shadow ministers, raising its concern on the future of construction training.


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