Derelict land to be transformed to deliver new homes

Regeneration projects in Devon and Torbay have been awarded more than £8.4 million of Government funding.

The Devon and Torbay One Public Estate Partnership has announced that it has received £7,056,470 of Brownfield Land Release Funding (BLRF), and £1,360,474 of Self and Custom Build Grant funding to help drive economic recovery.

Councils are supported through the One...

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How to Get Realistic Quotes from Builders - National Association of Building Contractors

Simon Mason explains why the prices you call in from contractors can differ – and what you need to know to get an accurate figure for all the works involved in your project

Whether it’s for a complete house build or a job undertaken by an individual trade, gathering quotes is a time-...

Builders merchant open for business

All branches of RGB Building Supplies are open for business and welcoming all customers.

Those visiting are being asked to respect and adhere to the strict social distancing and general hygiene guidelines that the builders merchant has put in place. These include customers being asked to use the hand-sanitising stations when they enter and leave the branches, make transactions as...

CPRE Devon announces ministerial visit to address growing concerns over new housing developments in the county

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England has announced that the Minister for Housing and Planning, Kit Malthouse MP, will be coming to Devon next month to address growing concerns amongst local people about the scale and appropriateness of new homes developments across the county.

At the opening of CPRE Devon’s housing seminar in Tavistock on Friday (8th Feb),...

Building industry support for driving up local construction skills

Five new project sponsors have invested in the Council led Building Plymouth partnership which aims to work collaboratively to overcome the skills crisis facing the local construction industry.

National construction contractor Willmott Dixon, regional company Gilpin Demolition, nationwide building services contractor T Clarke, professional construction consultancy Ward Williams...

Joined up approach by councils to plan for development

Three councils have teamed up to work on a Joint Local Plan to ensure future developments meet the needs of all residents.

Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council are working together to prepare the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan.

It brings together work that has previously been carried out separately by the three...

Police appeal for witnesses after car collides with house in Plymouth

Police have launched an investigation after a car collided with a house in St Levan Road, Plymouth, at around 11.40 pm last night (Wednesday 7th October 2015) causing substantial damage.

Emergency services attended an apartment building in Warleigh Court following reports of a Ford Focus collided with 2 parked vehicles and the building.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue...

Private house building fuels growth in SW despite rise in skills shortages

Construction workloads increased in the South West in the final quarter of 2014, albeit at a slightly slower rate, and private housing saw the strongest growth despite the shortage of bricklayers reaching a record high.

Over a third (36% net balance) reported that workloads in the construction sector had grown in the region in Q4 2014 with 57% more respondents saying that the private...

Yelverton's new sustainable development

A striking new sustainable development on the western edge of Dartmoor National Park demonstrates how good planning works at its best – with the landscape and the community in mind. Built by Plymouth's J&M Homes Ltd, Harrowbeer Mews in Yelverton is a stunning contemporary residential and commercial development, constructed with the heritage materials of Dartmoor (slate, timber and...

Local people must lobby for more housing says NHF

Local people must say ‘Yes to Homes’ to repair the South West housing market according to a report by the National Housing Federation (NHF).

The report by the NHF, an industry body which represents the providers of affordable housing in the UK, claims that a shortage of affordable homes resulting in rising house prices means that the South West housing market is now at ‘breaking point...