The Levelling Up White Paper: A response from the property industry

The Government has recently announced a levelling up plan aimed at transforming the UK, spreading opportunity and prosperity to more areas and closing the national income gap. The Levelling Up White Paper, which includes 12 national, cross-societal missions to be achieved by 2030, represents a long-term plan to see nationwide disparities narrow in regard to … Continued

The building blocks of a successful 2022

  It’s hard to believe just how quickly 12 months can pass and, in that time, how many changes we’ve seen imposed on society and businesses. At LW Developments, we’ve taken this opportunity to reflect on 2021, because despite the increased restrictions, social distancing and lack of post-work pint, it was a great year for … Continued

Building a greener Britain

As we reflect on two weeks in which leaders from around the world assembled in Glasgow for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the construction and built industry look to what they can do to help reduce carbon commissions in the UK. With the built environment contributing to 25 per cent of the … Continued

Housing Growth Partnership to give further £300 million to property developers

A funding scheme first launched in 2016 has been renewed to help build 10,000 new homes within the next four years. Founded by Lloyds Banking Group and Homes England, the Housing Growth Partnership II (HGP) provides British SME and regional housebuilders £300 million for extra development work. The deal has been forged to increase the … Continued

Planning permission approved for Cheshunt Sports Village

Hundreds of homes and a spectacular new football stadium will soon lay at the heart of a long-awaited new sports village at Cheshunt Football Club. After eight years in the planning process the green light was finally given in September 2021 for Cheshunt Sports Village when the council’s refusal was overturned in a public inquiry. … Continued

Spring Budget gives property market much needed short-term hope

  Among the barren economic wasteland that COVID-19 has left in its wake, a few small promising buds of growth are starting to penetrate the unpredictable property world. Back on March 1, with the vaccination rollout in full swing, Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled some positive changes in his Spring Budget. The stamp duty holiday extension … Continued

Do office workspaces work anymore?

COVID-19 has changed everything. The way we interact with people, the way we think about things and of course the way we work. For many people, the last time they saw the inside of their office was back in March 2020 when restrictions were first announced and orders to work from home were issued. As … Continued

What will happen to house prices in 2021?

House prices finished up in 2020, but with end of the furlough scheme and the stamp duty holiday this year, how will house prices fare in 2021? Property website Rightmove predict that the surge in house prices at the end of last year will continue into this year as the nation’s housing needs are likely … Continued

Radical planning reforms are fit for a future of home building

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has set out proposals to bring Britain’s planning system kicking and screaming into the 21st century. The ambitious plans have been drawn up to get the country building. Although what effect the coronavirus outbreak is now going to have remains to be seen. The full Planning for the Future White Paper … Continued

Does my land have development potential? Three key questions to ask

The Government has set an ambitious target of building 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s to be able to cope with demand. In 2018-19, they achieved 241,130 which is still some way short. One of the biggest blockers is finding available land, so if you are a landowner, now could be the right … Continued