Home » News » Housing Market » Significant increase in new housing consents previous nextHousing MarketSignificant increase in new housing consentsHouse builders want to see the Chancellor announce measures to help boost the supply of much needed new homes in this week’s Budget statement.PROPERTYdrum20th March 20150586 Views There has been a sharp rise in the number of housing permissions by local authorities in the last year, according to new data published by the Home Builders’ Federation (HBF) and Glenigan.The latest HBF/Glenigan Housing Pipeline report reveals that permissions in principle for over 195,000 new homes in England were granted in 2014, up 12 per cent on the previous year and 39 per cent on 2012. The volume of permissions for private homes was up 23 per cent.Over the past 18 months, house building activity has increased significantly, with figures released last month showing the number of new homes started in 2014 was up 36 per cent on 2012. As demand for new homes continues to increase, due to improved consumer confidence and the Help to Buy equity loan scheme, existing housing sites are getting built out quicker, and so builders are looking to get on to more new sites more quickly than before, the report said.“Over the past 18 months, demand for new homes, largely driven by the Help to Buy equity loan scheme has increased markedly,” said Stewart Baseley (left), Executive Chairman of the HBF. “Housebuilders have responded by significantly increasing house building activity.”However, whilst the increases are positive, they can only be translated into much needed needed new homes if local authorities ensure their planning departments have the capacity to process these permissions to the stage that they can actually be built, according Baseley.He points out that too many housing are “stuck” in the planning system, with an estimated 150,000 plots at “outline permission” stage awaiting full sign off by local authorities.Baseley continued: “We are still only building around half the number of new homes the country needs. Getting the required number of permissions, in a timely manner, is absolutely key to the industry’s ability to deliver. In addition more needs to be done to speed up the plots that are awaiting final approval to allow construction to commence.“These figures are a barometer on potential future build rates. But to turn them into actual construction sites requires Local Authorities to process them in a timely fashion to the stage when builders can build.”Though new Government initiatives to introduce “deemed discharge” of conditions will greatly assist in making sure the planning system will not be a constraint on increased housing provision, Baseley insists that the overall resourcing of planning departments remains a concern.The Chairman of the HBF want to see central and local Government prioritise proper resourcing of planning departments to give authorities a greater chance of being able to efficiently process more applications, as recommended by the HBF in its representations to the Chancellor in advance of this week’s Budget.In its submission to the Treasury, the HBF has asks the Chancellor to focus on driving further improvements to the end-to-end planning process, ensuring that planning authorities are equipped to deal with increased demand, and securing a long-term supply of land that can be built out more quickly and is accessible for local and regional house builders.With the country in the grip of a housing shortage, new findings from the British Social Attitudes Survey show that public support for new house building is increasing, with the number of people saying that they are supportive of new homes being built in their area having risen from 29 per cent to 56 per cent over the past year.Commenting on the findings, Brian Berry (right), Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “These shifts in public opinion suggest that recognition of the need for more new homes has risen significantly and continues to rise. This should be an encouragement to all concerned. The house building industry, Government and local communities need to capitalise on this shift in public opinion and work together to deliver the homes people clearly want to see.”Berry continued: “Smaller local house builders in particular are ideally placed to engage with communities, to produce quality designs in keeping with the local area and to make use of smaller brownfield sites which people want to see built. In return, local planning authorities need to continue to enable them to build by minimising bureaucracy and delays, and making more of smaller sites for the delivery of housing. Local and national government between them also need to make sure that planning offices are sufficiently resourced so that the planning system can do its job speedily and efficiently to deliver more homes.”housing ermissions new housing consents budget Chancellor March 20, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? 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Week 9Linda Politowski – 134, 157Clare Morrison – 123, 138Diane Mangan – 153, 123Pete Krol – 134, 124John Vida – 155, 172 (466)Cathy Metzendorf – 136, 132Karen Tansey – 150Maryann McGrath – 90, 104Week 10Diane Mangan – 123, 149, 123Pete Krol – 143John Vida – 175, 182 (481)Cathy Mertzendorf – 123, 134, 121Toni Roake – 136Karen Tansey – 162, 144Pat Sullivan – 150Maryanne McGrath – 137, 97Linda Hoshal – 126, 130Clare Morrison – 144Nick Musica – 157, 169Week 11Cathy Metzendorf – 135, 120Toni Roake – 147, 113Karen Tansey – 143, 157Nick Musica – 161, 161, 186 (508)Pete Krol – 129, 138, 136 (411)John Vida – 183, 190 (506)Pat Sullivan – 124, 126Maryanne McGrath – 123, 112 (313)Linda Hoshal – 133Barbara Rec – 147, 156 (426)Week 12Diane Mangan – 128, 131Pete Krol – 155John Vida – 163, 154Linda Politowski – 132, 125Clare Morrison – 135, 122Marge Weeks – 137Nick Musica – 169, 195 (508)Maryanne McGrath – 156Linda Hashall – 148, 137 (408)Barbara Rec – 140, 159, 148 (447)Cathy Metzendorf – 141, 132Tone Roake – 143, 130Karen Tansey – 155, 138
These delicious little cakes suffer from having a name which makes them sound unappetising. In fact they are like a crumbly version of fruit scones and are delicious. They evoke childhood memories of baking at home or at school. They look quirky and distinctive against other cakes, buns and scones.Like scones they are economical to make, but they should be made and sold on the same day, as they stale quickly, although they can be frozen. You can vary the fruit to make, for example, Cherry Rock Buns or Peach Rock Buns. The recipe below contains marzipan instead of some of the sugar. If you use a very sweet marzipan, reduce the sugar further.IngredientsMakes 14-16Self-raising flour 500gButter250gCaster sugar110gMarzipan, grated or finely chopped110gSultanas110gRaisins110gChopped mixed peel50gMixed spice5gMedium eggs, beaten4MilkMethod1. Sift the flour with the salt into a mixing bowl. Cut the butter into pieces and rub in until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the grated marzipan, sugar and fruit and mix well. Stir in the eggs and, if necessary, enough milk to bind. The mixture should be quite stiff.2. Put heaps of the mixture, about the size of an egg, on to a greased baking sheet, 5cm/2in apart to allow for spreading.3. Bake for 1520 minutes in the oven, heated to 190C, until pale brown. Transfer the buns on to a wire rack and leave to cool.
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Richmond, In. — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating a single vehicle ORV accident that resulted in a juvenile being life-lined to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.At approximately 6:31 p.m. Friday, officers were dispatched to the area of 2400 South A Street in Richmond for a juvenile injured as a result of falling from an off-road vehicle.The initial investigation has revealed that a 15 year-old juvenile was operating a newly purchased ORV on a city street with a 13 year-old juvenile passenger. While the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed, the 13 year-old for unknown reasons attempted to jump off. In the process of jumping, the juvenile fell and suffered a severe head injury.The injured juvenile was initially transported to Reid Health Hospital in Richmond, but due to the seriousness of injuries, was then life-lined to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis in critical condition.Neither operator nor victim was wearing a helmet or proper safety equipment. Indiana Conservation Officers stress safe operation of ORVs and the use of proper protective equipment such as helmets.The investigation into this incident is still ongoing.
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team experienced their first loss this weekend against the University of Minnesota-Duluth — a dismal start to the weekend.Wisconsin (12-1-1-0, 10-1-1-0 WCHA) ended an eight-game winning streak Friday night against the Bulldogs (8-3-3, 7-3-2 WCHA), who defeated the Badgers 4-1. The match highlighted key areas that the Badgers need to fix in their play, especially with their special teams.Friday began what was an especially challenging weekend for one Badger, Nikki Cece. Cece, a freshman goaltender, took the spot of Wisconsin’s usual netminder, Ann-Renée Desbiens, this weekend, against the No. 3 ranked Bulldogs.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers face toughest test to-date with No. 3 Minnesota-DuluthAfter a much-needed weekend off to relax and recover from an intense month of competition, the University of Wisconsin women’s Read…Even though they fell to a challenging team Friday night, Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson knows that the challenge of having a freshman in net and realizes that mistakes will be made early on. Johnson told UW Athletics that this loss did not mean that the team was performing poorly, but that they needed to make sure that some minor issues were fine-tuned as soon as possible.“Overall, we didn’t play poorly,” Johnson said. “We’ve just got to figure out how to get the puck to the net Saturday. That’s the big thing because the first period was good as we had a lot of scoring opportunities and their goaltender met the challenge. We had almost 50 shots in the game and had one crazy deflection go in for us, but we need more of that.”Once Cece and the rest of the Badger team got their footing Saturday night, they began to resemble the same team fans saw two weeks prior. More shots were successfully finding the back of the net and Wisconsin’s top line was proving to be a dominant force.One of the primary keys to the top line’s success was junior Annie Pankowski, who managed to record a natural hat trick Saturday. Pankowski, who had yet to previously score a single goal this season before this weekend’s contest, helped the Badgers shut the Bulldogs out Saturday night. This natural hat trick would be the first in Wisconsin history since Brooke Ammerman’s in 2012.With Pankowski and the rest of her linemates leading the way, and Cece now feeling more confident in her goaltending abilities, the Badgers reciprocated the Bulldogs’ Friday night performance, ending the game with a 4-1 victory.The Badgers come home Friday and Saturday to face Clarkson University. Fans should note that Saturday’s game has been changed to 8 p.m. to accommodate the Wisconsin football game at 2:30 p.m.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisSome locals are looking thinner, happier, and have become a new person. This weekend the community helped celebrate the achievements of the participants who were recognized for their hard work at the gym.The gala honored 25 people who have transformed their life through fitness and shared their story on “60 Second Inspiration” during 2018.This year’s winner went to Tim LaFleche. Tim won a $500 VIP gold card to Bay Athletic Club after his story was voted most inspiring. Tim lost 100 pounds. Congratulations Tim!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Intro Into Diving Encourages Locals to Embrace Winter Learning a New ActivityNext ‘Photo of the Day’ for Monday, January 21
26 Oct 2016 CONGU launches updated website The Board of CONGU® – the Council of National Golf Unions – has announced the launch of their new, updated website.Chairman, Jim McArthur commented: “This has been a long process with much thought being given particularly to the layout of the website and to how this would best serve our aims and objectives.“We have set out to make the site simpler to use and to be more instructional for both players and club officials alike. There are many players who are quite happy to accept the handicap system as it is without wishing to know in detail how it works, but there are also those who have a desire to understand the handicapping system better, and have often criticised CONGU for not making it simpler to understand.“Hopefully, the addition of the Quick Guides, and a complete online manual will help to address these criticisms, and we invite golfers and club officials alike to visit www.congu.com”Image © Leaderboard Photography
WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States and Iraq will put together a joint commission to look into allegations that private guards protecting American diplomats killed Iraqi civilians and to review the U.S. Embassy’s security practices, the State Department said Wednesday. The size and composition of the commission have yet to be determined, but its members are charged with assessing the results of both U.S. and Iraqi investigations of Sunday’s incident, reaching a common conclusion about what happened and recommending possible changes to the way in which the embassy and its contractors handle security, it said. The commission will not conduct its own independent probe of the incident, in which at least 11 people were killed, but will attempt to reconcile conflicting accounts of what happened offered by the U.S. and Iraqi sides thus far. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!