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Joining the company in early summer 2012, I have only become involved with the prestigious What House? Awards in the last few months. Judging two categories with my colleague Keith Osborne, visiting developments for the news site and editing articles on last year's winners has granted me the opportunity to acquaint myself with the high standards of our entrants. Therefore, picking the five most deserving award winners from 2011 was challenging.
Planners at Southwark Council have given the green light for a 50-storey tower of luxury apartments to be developed in Blackfriars, central London.
Five years after the scheme was first approved, One Blackfriars, designed by Ian Simpson, will feature 274 private apartments but no onsite affordable homes, in accordance with the revised plans, after the developer agreed to contribute £29m for off-site affordable housing.
Knowing that the world's focus would be on East London for the London 2012 Olympic Games, both public and private sources have spent billions of pounds investing in and redeveloping the area. The makeover of the east in time for the games has been widescale, but the organisers hope the legacy will continue long after the closing ceremony.
Leading housebuilder Keepmoat continues to demonstrate leadership on sustainability, illustrated by its success at the What House? Awards last year.
The company won gold for Sustainable Developer of the Year due to its genuine commitment to improving the sustainability of its operations and homes. Green issues are also high on the agenda for the Berkeley Group, which was awarded silver in this category.
It's still not too late to find yourself in a brand new home in leafy Stanmore before Christmas.
Finance has been secured from an Angus Council funding initiative called ‘Survive and Thrive' for the construction of 49 new affordable homes in Arbroath.
Prime Minister David Cameron has outlined plans to construct 100,000 new homes in an effort to kickstart Britain's struggling economy.
The Tory leader has told Whitehall officials and councils to sell derelict land and offices to new home developers in a bid to boost the supply of new houses and apartments nationwide, which he hopes will create up to 200,000 new jobs by 2015.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls has called for a fresh tax on bank bonuses to help fund the construction of 25,000 new affordable homes, which he believes will create up to 100,000 new jobs.
There is expected to be a significant rise in the volume of new homes coming onto the market in the next few years, according to LSL Property Services, which is expanding its land and new homes department, as a consequence.
LSL believes the new homes market will increase rapidly in the next year having seen the number of land banks in the UK by housebuilders rise dramatically over the last 18 months.
New home developer Berkeley Group last week completed the purchase of a major site in Aldgate, near central London, which has planning permission for the construction of 754 new homes.