Following a change in legislation in England and Wales, some home extensions may now be built without the need for detailed planning permission. A single-storey extension of up to 6 metres can be constructed to the rear of terraced and semi-detached homes, and up to 8 metres on detached homes, without the need for full planning permission. Gov.UK.

Housebuilders Bargate Homes have been bought out by the Vivid Housing association to increase by 17,000 the number of homes the latter owns across Hampshire in the next 10 years – with up to 1,200 being planned for completion this year. Inside Housing.

London’s River Thames is in danger of becoming lined with a succession of derelict towers, warns the former chief planning officer for the City of London, if ground rents and service charges are insufficient to maintain and repair the existing buildings. Housing Today.

For the first time in 30 years, Liverpool City Council plans to build new council houses to be included in a grand scheme for the construction of 10,000 new affordable and social housing dwellings. The first 150 council houses are due to be built in Knotty Ash. Liverpool Echo.

A local building boom – involving at least 10 separate housing and commercial projects – is currently changing the face of the city of Plymouth in the southwest of England. Plymouth Herald.

The Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) is looking to buy homes that a number of London housing associations have been unable to sell in what is currently a sluggish market. Inside Housing.

Unless immigration rules are changed post-Brexit, the construction industry will be up against severe workforce problems in delivering the target of 300,000 new homes a year promised by the government, warns an All-Party Parliamentary Group of MPs. Telegraph.

Linden Homes, the housebuilding arm of Galliford Try, is performing satisfactorily despite a slight dip in sales – down to 79 in the first five months of this year, compared to 84 in the same period last year. Performance so far this year represents an income from sales of £770 million. Housebuilder.

Care housing provider, the Polish Housing Society, faces formal intervention by the Welsh Government following inspections which revealed poor risk management and doubtful viability after failing five of the inspection’s 10 standards. The Polish Housing Society owns a nursing home and 93 extra care flats. Inside Housing.

Dutch-based civil engineers Bam Nuttall reported a trebling of its pre-tax profits in 2018, largely on the back of a two-fold increase in turnover. Building Design.

Pending planning permission, developer Urban Splash is expected to build 400 new modular construction homes in a huge 8,500-dwellings new town development in the centre of Northstowe, Cambridgeshire. Inside Housing.

Galliford Try has announced that its construction division will shed some 350 jobs as part of its continuing efforts to streamline its operations and boost profitability. The stock market reacted favourably to the announcement, with Galliford’s shares soaring by 11% in response to the news. City AM.

In the wake of the Hackitt report on fire safety in new buildings, the Welsh Government has announced its intention to introduce new regulatory standards for all buildings taller than 18 metres. Gov.Wales.

Octavia Housing – a London-based housing association with some 4,500 dwellings – has appointed Sandra Skeete, as its chief executive officer. Skeete was formerly managing director at Westminster City Council’s Arms-Length Management Organisation, CityWest Homes. Inside Housing.

Neighbours are up in arms about the disruption and traffic congestion caused by works underway by housebuilder Taylor Wimpey on 43 new homes at a site in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. Borehamwood & Elstree Times.