Your chance to live in a lifeboat
If you’ve always wanted to live in a free-fall lifeboat conversion, your luck is in. Available for just £23,000 and currently at Bath Marina is this one bedroom property which offers a living area, bedroom, heating and a Lister Engine. The particulars describe is as “the ultimate bachelor pad”.
Longer term housing view required
A new report from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) suggests politicians should take a longer view to solve housing problems. Although the study admitted some government policies such as Help to Buy are providing short-term help for the housebuilding industry, it also says there have been decades of inconsistent policies which have not helped the market and been unable to provide sufficient homes at affordable prices. It recommends doubling the current target of 100,000 new homes on publicly owned land and forcing builders to start work within three years of receiving planning permission. In addition, it suggests establishing an independent committee to advise politicians from all parties on housing supply and a new body to collate research on housing.
David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation said: “We welcome much of the report – it acknowledges that the nation’s housing market is failing. House building remains at a record low and that is the root of the problem. We simply aren’t building enough homes for people which is pushing up house prices and rents to levels that most people simply can’t afford. While we’d support the call for enough public land to be made available for building 200,000 new homes by 2015, twice the current target, more needs to be done to have real impact. Public land owners need to work flexibly and creatively with housing associations and other developers, making sure land is not just made available but actually leads to the homes we need being built.”
Green deal working?
Research from the Department of Energy and Climate Change says that 47% of households who had received a Green Deal advice report following a Green Deal assessment said they either had or were getting energy saving measures installed. Another 31 per cent said they would ‘definitely or probably’ install at least one measure. Around 70% of people said their motivation for having an assessment was to save money – 38% said it was to reduce their energy use for environmental reasons.
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