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New planning rules to get England delivering homes MAXIMISING the use of land, strengthened protections for the Green Belt, and a greater emphasis on converting planning permissions into homes are at the heart of new planning reforms, launched by the Prime Minister to deliver the homes the country needs. The government delivered more than a million homes since 2010, and last year saw the biggest increase in housing supply in England – over 217,000 new homes – for almost a decade. Although progress has been made, more planning permissions need to be fast tracked into homes for a generation of first time buyers locked out of the housing market and the increasing older generation need the right homes designed to their needs. A major overhaul to the National Planning Policy Framework has been launched, providing a comprehensive approach for planners, developers and councils to build more homes, more quickly, in the places people want to live. Councils and developers will now be required to work with community groups to ensure those affected by new developments will have a say on how

RG+P APPOINTED ON LANDMARK ASHTON GREEN DEVELOPMENT LEICESTER-BASED architectural practice, rg+p has been appointed in a multidisciplinary capacity on the city’s major new sustainable urban extension scheme, Ashton Green. The firm has been retained as architects, master planners, urban designers, planning consultants and landscape architects on phase two of the project, which will deliver 305 residential dwellings. Rg+p will work alongside Leicester City Council and developer, Kier Living to deliver the Drawing of how some of the new homes at Ashton Green might sit alongside the development’s £85m scheme. extensive open green space. TURN TO PAGE 6 ...>

SITE FOR UP TO 8 DWELLINGS IN OLD DALBY ANDREW GRANGER & CO are offering for sale 1.567 acres of residential development land situated to the north of Longcliff Hill, Old Dalby, Leicestershire. The land comprises part of a single field of pasture land, and is enclosed by well-established mature hedgerows A Minded to Approve has been granted, subject to the completion of a Section 106 Agreement, for the erection of up to 8 dwellings. Offers in the region of £950,000 are invited for the whole. For more information, contact Chris Green at Andrew Granger & Co on 01858 439090 or email:



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New planning rules - from page 1 they look and feel. It will focus on the following areas: Greater responsibility – Local authorities will have a new housing delivery test focused on driving up the numbers of homes actually delivered in their area, rather than numbers planned for. Developers will also be held to account for delivering the commitments, including affordable housing and the infrastructure needed to support communities. Maximising the use of land – More freedom will be given to local authorities to make the most of existing brownfield land to build homes that maximise density. Redundant land will be encouraged such as under utilised retail or industrial space for homes, with more flexibilities given to extend upwards on existing blocks of flats and houses as well as shops and offices. This will mean homes the country needs can be built while maintaining strong protection for the Green Belt. Maintaining strong protections for the environment – Ensuring developments result in a net gain to the environment where possible and increases the protection given to ancient woodland so they are not lost for future generations. Ensuring the right homes are built – Delivering more affordable homes that meet the housing needs of everyone wherever they are in their life, including sites dedicated for first time buyers, build to rent homes with family friendly tenancies, guaranteed affordable homes for key workers and adapted homes for older people. Higher quality and design – Introducing new quality standards so well designed new homes are built in places people are proud to live in and live next door to. More transparent planning process – Local authorities will be encouraged to work together and continue to close the gap between planning permissions granted and homes built. A new standardised approach to assessing housing need will be introduced with new measures to make the system of developer contributions clearer, simpler and more robust, so developers understand what’s expected of them and will be in no doubt that councils will hold them to their commitments.

REACTION from Anthony Aitken, Head of Planning at Colliers International

Anthony Aitken, Head of Planning at Colliers International commented: “It seems rather ironic that housebuilders were criticised in the NPPF announcement for not building enough homes and were asked to ‘do their duty’ to achieve this aim. “This does not strike me as the means to motivate the housebuilders to address this crisis – it seems to be more a case of direct criticism without understanding the wider factors. The consultative NPPF could have suggested that the green belt, as a land use, needs to be reviewed nationally, as its founding reasons in 1947, need to be reassessed to meet societies modern needs, namely ‘housing our population’. “In order for us to push forward, there should be greater resource for local authorities to complete local plan reviews timeously. Suggested penalties via the removal of local plan powers for authorities who do not produce timeous local plans has been long heralded, but until enacted, this remains ‘all talk and no action’ “The reasons for planning permission not being implemented timeously to deliver new homes are a combination of lengthy legal agreements often taking years to conclude or pre-commencement conditions being so extensive, it again takes years to work through these to get on site. The Letwin Review will comment on this matter later this week. “The government has clearly failed to ‘do its duty’ in providing clear guidance on how 300,000 houses per annum are to be delivered in England, with green belt policy unaltered, no new resource for the public sector to advance local plans or determine applications, encouragement of neighbourhood plans which seek to thwart residential development and no penalties for local authorities who fail to plan. Each provide barriers to quick development for housebuilders to progress sites and build more homes. The consultation on the NPPF was clearly a missed opportunity!”


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Ashton Green - from page 1 Ashton Green is an ambitious and significant regeneration project situated on the northern outskirts of Leicester. Proposed by Leicester City Council, Ashton Green represents the most substantial, mixed use development in the city for more than 30 years and includes the provision for up to 3,000 new homes together with community and health facilities, employment land, retail space and approximately 13 acres of green open space and wildlife corridors. James Badley, director at rg+p commented: “Ashton Green is a not only a landmark scheme for Leicester but also for our practice. The development sits within a wider urban design framework created by Leicester City Council and our philosophy embraces this approach, allowing the green space and wildlife corridors to flow into the scheme. Our design includes different character areas that specifically reference Leicester’s heritage and these are being distilled to a design code that will deliver a fresh architectural response and interpretation.” Phase two at Ashton Green will see both private residential and affordable housing created, including a mix of one and two bedroom apartments as well as two to five bedroom homes. Kier Living and rg+p will host a public exhibition to showcase designs and seek feedback from the local community on Friday 23rd March, 4.30pm – 7.30pm at Glebelands Primary School ahead of a reserved matters planning application being submitted. Work is estimated to commence on site in spring 2019. Kier Living’s technical director, Mark Rees said: “Kier is proud to be partnering Leicester City Council in the development of the Ashton Green site, this being a genuine flagship site for both parties. The location of this influential and central phase of the wider scheme will enable us to create a pivotal and inviting gateway to Ashton Green, which will set the design standard for the surrounding future development. We are confident that the collaborative commitment shown by all stakeholders will deliver not only a new residential environment of the highest quality, but one that is simply a great place to live.” James Badley concluded: “Ashton Green will enable us to make a tangible investment in our home city where our influence can be seen on much of the surrounding cityscape. We’re pleased to be partnering Leicester City Council and Kier Living to deliver this ambitious scheme.”


Leicestershire housebuilder announces Charity of the Year for 2018 LEICESTERSHIRE-based housebuilder David Wilson Homes East Midlands has announced its charity of the year for 2018 as Alzheimer’s Society, which supports people living with dementia and their carers.

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Staff who work for the developer at its head office in Bardon will commit 2018 to raising funds for the worthy cause and will do this via dress down days and other fundraising events. John Reddington, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “As one of the country’s leading homebuilders, we believe it is our Managing Director at responsibility to not only build homes, but David Wilson Homes East also support charities and local causes in and around the areas we build. Midlands John Reddington “Alzheimer’s Society is a very worthy cause and we look forward to raising money for the charity over the course of the year.” Now that the charity has been announced, they will begin to plan fundraising events throughout the year, including a Bardon to Bordeaux cycle and a 1,000 mile walk challenge. David Wilson Homes prides itself on building exceptional homes in the finest locations and has recently been awarded the maximum five star rating in a customer satisfaction survey ran by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) for an unrivalled eighth year in a row. For more information about Alzheimer’s, please visit

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Mr Hussein (c/o Agent: Steve Platt, Tenacity Planning Consultants, Sunningdale, 25 Top End, Great Dalby, Leics. LE14 2HA) – Construction of 3 dwelling houses – at Corner of Eggington Street and Fairfield Street, Leicester. Langdale Group (c/o Agent: Jonathan Weekes, Aitchison Raffety, The Granary, Spring Hill Office Park, Harborough Road, Pitsford, Northants. NN6 9AA) – Construction of single storey extension at rear of care home – at Langdale View, 590 Gipsy Lane, Leicester. Mr & Mrs Smith (c/o Agent: Alex Prowse, Astill Planning Consultants Ltd, 13 University Road, Leicester LE1 7RA) – Demolition of buildings used for medical practice; construction of single and three storey building to create 2 dwellings, hardsurfacing, forecourt parking, fencing and gates – at 19 St Johns Road, Leicester. Mr N Popat (c/o Agent: Raj Odedra, PDP Ltd, Po Box 10425, Leicester LE5 5HJ) – Change of use from house to 2 houses – at 12 Willowtree Close, Leicester LE5 1TJ. One Brick Properties (c/o Agent: Design Studio Architects Ltd, 1B Salisbury Road, Upper New Walk, Leicester LE1 7QR) – Demolition of buildings and construction of seven-storey building for 16 flats – at 29-31 Wharf Street South, Leicester LE1 2AA. Karim (c/o Agent: SKM Design, Unit D Edward House, Enderby Road, Whetstone, Leicester LE8 6EP) – Change of use from offices to 3 selfcontained flats – at 18 Friar Lane, Leicester.

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Planning permission granted unanimously for new community centre in Loughborough AT THE 9TH February meeting of Charnwood Borough Council’s planning committee, councillors voted unanimously in favour of granting planning permission for the Grange Park Community Centre. The new centre will be built on land at Knox Road in Loughborough and the accommodation will include a business hub, meeting rooms, a training room, children’s play area and a large main hall. According to a report in the Loughborough Echo, the idea for a community centre in this area dates back to 2002, when an agreement was reached with developer William Davis Ltd. A planning application for the hall - which was to be located at Grange Park near Highland Drive - was conditionally agreed in 2009, but expired in 2012. A group of local residents formed the Grange Park Centre Group and set about fundraising for the centre. The Group has already obtained a grant of £50,000 for the design phase of the centre and is hoping to secure a further grant of £500,000 to fund the building work. Market Harborough-based Corporate Architecture are responsible for the design of the centre, and on behalf of the architects, Malcolm Foulkes-Arnold told the Loughborough Echo: “I am delighted to see planning permission being granted for this new facility which will benefit the local community.”

Haymarket Theatre back in use thanks to £3.6m refurbishment LEICESTER’S Haymarket Theatre is ready to re-open to the public after 10 months of work on a £3.6m refubishment. It has been over 10 years since it closed its doors, and the revamped theatre will once again be welcoming visitors. In the refurbishment, a brand new entrance has been created under the building’s overhanging roof. From the piazza at the top of the steps, automatic doors lead into a remodelled lobby area, with glazed walls now flooding the space with light to create a bright and airy vestibule. The theatre’s two bars – the main foyer bar and the upstairs bar – have been fully refurbished, and brand new toilets and baby-changing facilities have been installed. Inside the revamped auditorium, 901 seats have been installed, with each of the brand new seats offering views of the Haymarket’s stage – the largest in the UK. Behind the scenes, production facilities and backstage areas have been refurbished, a new ‘green screen’ room and TV gallery have been provided, and the dressing rooms have been painted in colours inspired by Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – the musical that had its first major production at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre back in 1974. With brand new lighting and sound systems in place, the building has been refurbished and upgraded to provide a versatile venue for a wide range of events and live performance – including the rapidly-growing e-sports industry. City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to bring this building back to life – and very pleased that we were able to find a partner in the Haymarket Consortium that shared our determination to turn the theatre into an asset for the city once again. “This programme of works has fully refurbished the Haymarket Theatre, providing the high quality facilities that people would expect to find in a modern venue and creating a flexible space for live performance and the growing e-sports market.” Jed Spittle, Artistic and Financial Director of the Haymarket Consortium, said: “We have waited with bated breath for this moment and feel incredibly proud to be here at last. “The city council’s incredible support in this project has enabled us to bring one of Leicester’s most loved and iconic buildings back to life and we don’t take that challenge lightly – we’ll be slowly reawakening the venue with a wide range of events, from dance and live music to circus and e-sports. “We’re really looking forward to re-engaging with the city, and are thrilled to have an exciting programme of events in store which is already evolving on a weekly basis.” The handover of the building to the Haymarket consortium marks the completion of the first phase of works. Phase two – which will provide new lift facilities and a permanent ticket office and cloakroom – will continue on site until next winter. Works to refurbish the theatre steps and refresh the piazza area are being carried out by the owners of the Haymarket Shopping Centre. The Haymarket Theatre opened in 1974 and closed in 2007, leaving the city council tied into a 99-year lease and responsible for an annual bill of around £180,000 in service charges and costs. From 2020, the Haymarket consortium will take over responsibility for those charges.

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New Offices In Leicester For JMS Engineering Lee Contracts (c/o Agent: Chris May, Howes Percival, 3 The Osiers Business Park, Laversall Way, Braunstone Town, Leicester LE19 1DX) – Demolition of buildings and construction of eight and elevenstorey building comprising 227 flats, ancillary communal facilities, 71 sqm of storage use and creche, landscaping, amenity space and new vehicle and pedestrian access – at Fleet House, Fleet Street, Leicester. City Developments Ltd (c/o Agent: Andy Lord, RG+P Ltd, Waterloo House, 71 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 6TR) – Demolition of buildings and construction of 7-11 storey building with 143 flats – at City Industrial Units, Lee Circle, Leicester. Mr P Mitchell (c/o Agent: Shane Anderson, Staniforth Architects, The Warehouse, 1A Stamford Street, Leicester LE1 6NL) – Change of use of 134 Valence Road and 71 Braunstone Avenue to 7 selfcontained flats – at 134 Valence Road and 71 Braunstone Avenue, Leicester. Searle/Wood & Robinson/ Gathercole (c/o Agent: Design Studio Architects Ltd, 1B Salisbury Road, Upper New Walk, Leicester LE1 7QR) – Demolition of garage and construction of 2 dwelling houses – at land rear of 43-45 Evesham Road, Leicester LE3 2BE. Unnamed Applicant (c/o Agent: Design Studio Architects Ltd, 1B Salisbury Road, Upper New Walk, Leicester LE1 7QR) – Construction of single storey building for 2 studio flats – at land adjacent to 28 St Saviours Hill, Leicester.

Hinckley & Bosworth Mr P Knowles (c/o Agent: Simon Cheshire Planning Ltd, 34 Stanley Road, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton CV13 0NB) – Erection of 2 new dwellings with new access and landscaping – at Rods And Reels, 67-69 Netherley Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 0RD. Mr S West (c/o Agent: Lee Ward, Hayward Architects Ltd, 19 Station Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1AW) – Erection of 5 dwellings (Resubmission) – at Merrifield House, Merrifield Gardens, Burbage, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 2TE.

WITH OVER twenty years providing Civil and Structural Engineering services in and around Leicestershire from our Nuneaton office, the addition of JMS Leicester brings welcome support. This second Midlands office opens the East Midlands as a strategic territory for growth. Peter Stokoe is leading the new Leicester team from The Innovation Centre, Oxford Street. Peter, (pictured second from the left visiting the JMS Nuneaton offices next to Bhavin Parmar and Andy Kenyon) has lived in Leicester for 20 years and is a keen follower of the Leicester Tigers. Professionally, his national major project experience brings an enviable quality to our skilful Midlands strength. Local knowledge both politically and environmentally is an asset in the world of construction. Understanding the social and ecological impact of even seemingly small developments means we can engineer viable and cost effective solutions from an early pre-planning stage rather than reappraising the project mid flow. The JMS Nuneaton team (all Leicester born, raised, educated and resident) will support Peter with local development and commercial introductions. JMS Leicester will grow and manage development projects regionally and is powerfully supported by technical skills networked nationally. They will draw on group design expertise across nine JMS offices in the UK and Europe. Such is JMS’ historic presence in Leicester, from the roof of our new home at The Innovation Centre you could throw half a dozen (imaginary) stones, each of which would land within a pace or two of a previous JMS project.

Nilam Pau & Sital Nathwani (c/o Agent: Zaheer Sheikh, GDNB Ltd, Brackenhall, Bracken Hall Close, Northwood HA6 3EW) – Demolition of existing day nursery buildings and construction of 2 dwelling houses – at 37 Evington Lane, Leicester.

Vexford Homes Ltd (c/o Agent: Mrs Aida McManus, AM Planning Consultants Ltd, 17 Derwent Road, Stapenhill, Burton on Trent DE15 9FR) – Demolition of existing buildings and erection of 5 dwellings – at 87 High Street, Barwell, Leicester LE9 8DS. Mr Salim Nacer (c/o Agent: Mrs Zoe Massey, Hayward Architects Ltd, 19 Station Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1AW) – Erection of 2 dwellings with 2 detached garages and landscaping – at High Tor, High Tor East, Earl Shilton, Leics. LE9 7DL. Mrs Amy Gilliver (c/o: 1 Phoenix Place, Phoenix Centre, Nottingham NG8 6BA) – Approval of reserved matters for residential development of 328 dwellings of Outline Planning Permission 14/01279/OUT – at Westfield Farm, Keats Lane, Earl Shilton, Leics. LE9 7DS. Mr A McCleish (c/o Agent: Lee Ward, Hayward Architects Ltd, 19 Station Road, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1AW) – Erection of 2 dwellings and garage – at land at rear of 4 Pipe Lane, Orton on the Hill, Atherstone, Warks. CV9 3NF.

Mr Mukesh Wagharia (c/o Agent: Mrs Varsha Tailor, DT Designs Ltd, 74A Wyvern Avenue, Leicester LE2 4HH) – Change of use from house to 2 self-contained flats – at 16 Arbour Road, Leicester. Mr Doshi (c/o Agent: Design Studio Architects Ltd, 1B Salisbury Road, Upper New Walk, Leicester LE1 7QR) – Change of use from house to 4 self-contained flats plus construction of two-storey side extension – at 105 Sturdee Road, Leicester LE2 9ED.

Mr Rishi Dhir (c/o Agent: Gareth Williams, Thinking Buildings Ltd, Riverside Chamber, Full Street, Derby DE1 3AF) – Conversion of barns and dairy to 3 dwellings – at Long Barn, Tooley Farm, Leicester Road, Earl Shilton, Leics. LE9 7TJ.

THE SUPERSTRUCTURE next to The Innovation Centre is just one example in which JMS engineered solutions for a multi-storey development of single beam design to provide 8 floors of 251 one and two bedroom apartments. This delivered student accommodation specified to one of the highest standards for students of Leicester’s De Montfort University. Leicester – thank you for having us, for now is the spring of our great content.

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Melton Borough Unnamed Applicant (c/o Agent: Jenny Keen, Marrons Planning, Waterfront House, Waterfront Plaza, 35 Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3DQ) – Erection of up to 124 dwellings with associated infrastructure and public open space (Resubmission) – at Field Nos. 3080, 3166 & 5875, Mill Lane, Waltham on the Wolds, Leics.


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£780k extension to Thrussington Primary School complete Timson Developments Ltd (c/o Agent: Peter Prescott, PP Building Design Ltd, The Old Court House, Church Street, Bingham, Notts. NG13 8AL) – Conversion of former public house/restaurant/living accommodation into two-storey dwelling and mixed use community hub and retail unit – at The John Dory, 2 Rutland Square, Barkestone le Vale, Nottingham NG13 0HN. Caister Castle Trust (c/o Agent: Adam Murray, Andrew Granger & Co, Phoenix House, 52 High Street, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 7AF) – Change of use to form 3 dwellings (Resubmission) – at Old School House, 2A Church Lane, Wymondham, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE14 2AB.

Harborough District Ecton Developments Ltd (c/o Agent: MHB Planning Ltd, Dale View, Rews Close, Combe Martin EX34 0DW) – Erection of 4 dwellings (Reserved matters of 16/00997/ OUT) – at land at Dingley Road, Great Bowden, Leics. Davico Properties Ltd (c/o Agent: John Thorne, Thorne Architecture Ltd, The Creative Industries Centre, Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Drive, Wolverhampton WV10 9TG) – Erection of 7 dwellings (Reserved matters of 16/01914/ OUT) – at land at Sutton Lane, Sutton in the Elms, Broughton Astley, Leics. Mr & Mrs M E Broome (c/o Agent: Fowler Architecture & Planning Ltd, 19 High Street, Pewsey, SN9 5AF) – Erection of 2 dwellings – at land part OS 4560 Welham Road, Thorpe Langton, Leics. Carpendale Homes (c/o Agent: Mark Winklewski Associates, 44 Northampton Road, Market Harborough, Leics. LE16 9HE) – Erection of 6 dwellings (Resubmission) – at land adjacent to 41A Main Street, Medbourne, Leics.

Rutland County Bloor Homes Ltd (c/o: Maxwell Whitehead, Bloor Homes Ltd Midlands Division, 7 Calico Business Park, Sandy Way, Amington, Tamworth B77 4DS) – Erection of 29 dwellings – at land south of Leicester Road, Uppingham, Rutland.

LOCAL ARCHITECTURE and construction consultancy YMD Boon and Derwent Valley Construction Ltd have announced the completion of the major extension to Thrussington Primary School in Leicestershire, which has doubled the size of the former building. The £780k extension, which had an eight-month construction period, has provided pupils and staff with three additional classrooms, a group space, new toilet and staff facilities, as well as considerable remodelling of the existing building. The school, which previously had 75 students aged between five and 11, has now welcomed a further 30 students due to the extension. Other consultants on the project included Gleeds which provided quantity surveying and CDM-A, HBa Consulting Engineers which provided mechanical and electrical engineering and Jackson Purdue Lever Construction which provided structural engineering services.

Former public conveniences for sale in Melton INNES ENGLAND are inviting offers for the Former Public Conveniences at 2 Park Lane, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE13 0PT. Detailed planning permission (ref: 17/00571/FUL) has been granted for demolition of the existing building and erection of a two-storey new-build property to provide 2 two-bed apartments. For more information, contact Jenny Clarke at Innes England on 0116 255 5455 or email:

NW Leics. District Lychgate Homes Ltd (c/o Agent: David Granger Design Ltd, The Old Dairy, Mill Street, Packington, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 1WN) – Conversion of hotel and restaurant to 3 townhouses and 8 apartments, formation of roof terraces and bin stores, external alterations and landscaping – at Fallen Knight Hotel, 14-18 Kilwardby Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 2FQ. Breedon Priory Holdings Ltd (c/o Agent: Andrew Large Surveyors, The Estate Office, Staunton Harold Hall, Melbourne Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leics. LE65 1RT) – Demolition of golf club house and tied dwelling and erection of a spa, replacement tied dwelling and 6 holiday lodges – at Breedon Priory Golf Centre, Green Lane, Wilson, Melbourne DE73 8LG. Lichfield District Council – Planning Neighbour Consultation: Hybrid Planning Application comprising full planning application for the construction of a sustainable mixed use urban extension comprising 475 dwellings, new vehicular access points onto Claypit Lane and Birmingham Road, the remodelling and formation of a roundabout at the junction of Fosseway Lane and Claypit Lane. Sarah Dauncey (c/o Agent: Pegasus Group) – Scoping opinion in respect of proposed part full/ part outline planning application for the development of land including the demolition of all existing onsite buildings and structures and levelling and regarding of the site, and including: the construction of a Distribution Campus with ancillary offices, gatehouse, electricity substation, new pumping station, new accesses from the B5493, internal roadways, cycleways and footpaths, yard space, car parking and circulation – at land at Hill Top Farm, Stretton En Le Field, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8AA. Mr Martin Sutton (c/o Agent: Paul Allen, ACS Design Ltd, 4 Hopwell Road, Draycott, DE72 3NH) – Demolition of existing dwelling and outbuilding and erection of 3 dwellings (Reserved matters) – at 2 Smithy Lane, Long Whatton, Loughborough, Leics. LE12 5BE.

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Morgan Sindall lands £47m mixed-use regeneration scheme JS Bloor Services Ltd (c/o Agent: John Maxted, STOAS Architects Ltd, 216 Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, Birmingham B24 9FD) – Demolition of existing dwellings and erection of extension to existing offices and formation of associated car parking – at JS Bloor Ltd, Ashby Road, Measham, Swadlincote, Derby DE12 7JP. Mr & Mrs J Staines (c/o Agent: 612 Properties Limited, 52 Fairfield Road, Hugglescote LE67 2HG) – Erection of pair of semi-detached dwellings with associated off-street parking – at 62 The Green, Donington Le Heath, Coalville, Leics. LE67 2GE.

Oadby & Wigston Mrs L Majithia (c/o Agent: M.Goodall, The Drawing Room (Architects) Ltd, 130 Moat Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2GE) – Demolition of detached garage structure, associated outbuildings and boundary wall; erection of 3 self-contained flats – at 49 Canal Street, Wigston, Leicester LE18 4PN.

MORGAN SINDALL has been appointed to deliver a landmark £47m regeneration scheme in Leicester. The construction and infrastructure company won a competitive tender process and is set to build a new mixed-use development, set over a four-and-half-acre site. Plans for the site, which is located off Vaughan Way, include two new hotels – one six-storey and one ten-storey – 35,000sq ft of office space and a new public realm area, called Great Central Square. Works will be carried out alongside the regeneration of the former Leicester Central train station and creation of a new car park for the hotels and office. The new hotels alone will support 60 new jobs and the extra visitor capacity is expected to bolster the city-region’s thriving tourism industry. Alongside the mixed-use scheme, Morgan Sindall is also carrying out a £3m programme of highway improvements to Vaughan Way and Grand Central Station Street. Leicester City Council has commissioned infrastructure upgrades as part of its wider Connecting Leicester programme, which aims to improve links between key city areas. The work will see a ‘super-crossing’ built over Vaughan Way. It will link the new mixed-use development with the existing Highcross shopping centre, providing safe access for pedestrians and cyclists over the ring road, to the north west of the city centre. Sean Bowles, Managing Director of Morgan Sindall in the Midlands, said: “Leicester is riding a wave of optimism and prosperity, on the back of a resurgent tourist industry. “We worked closely with the city council to successfully deliver the Richard III visitor centre, which has helped maximise interest in the historic find. We’re incredibly pleased to be working with them to deliver both this landmark scheme and the programme of important infrastructure upgrades. “It will breathe new life into the Great Central station area and substantially improve the accommodation offer for visitors to the city.” Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby, added: “The Connecting Leicester work taking place across the city has been vital in reconnecting important areas of the city, and the work on Vaughan Way is the next stage of that. “The city’s Waterside area will be key in the next stage of creating business and office space, housing other community facilities, and needs to be better connected to the rest of the city centre. “Vaughan Way is possibly the busiest part of the city’s inner ring road, providing access to many part of the city including Highcross, the A50 and A6 arterial roads out of the city, St Margaret’s Bus Station, St Nicholas Circle and the Southgates underpass. “Therefore it is vital both that we provide a well-located and safe crossing point for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as improving the existing road layout to ensure it meets modern needs.”

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Development opportunity in Fleckney: £400k guide ANDREW GRANGER & Co are offering for sale a residential development opportunity to acquire a site of approximately 0.24 acres with full planning consent (ref: 17/00450/FUL) for the erection of 3 detached DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY dwellings. 15A & TOto REAR, STREET, FLECKNEY, LE8 8AP The property comprises 15A &LAND Land theMAIN Rear, Main Street, Fleckney, Leics. LE8 8AP. A unique residential development opportunity to acquire a site of approximately 0.24 acresfor (1,005 sq.m.) fronting Street Full planning permission has been granted demolition ofonto theMain existing having the advantage of full planning consent for the erection of buildings and erection of three dwellings. three highly individual detached dwellings, situated in the heart of The Price Guide is £400,000. the popular south Leicestershire village of Fleckney. For more information, contact Andrew Granger & Co on 01858 431315. PRICE GUIDE £400,000 Call 01858 431315 for further information

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Blaby District Mr T Rowley (c/o Agent: Paul Jozsa Architect, 14 Lutterworth Road, Leicester LE2 8PE) – Erection of 2 single storey extensions to provide additional consulting rooms, reconfiguration of existing car park and removal of TPO trees – at Limes Medical Centre, 65 Leicester Road, Narborough, Leics. LE19 2DU. Mr Jason Duffin (c/o Agent: Nigel Axon, Axon Architects, W5 The Quarters, 65 Druid Street, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1QG) – Demolition of former nursery and erection of a new community building and place of worship – at Cork Lane Pre School, Cork Lane, Glen Parva, Leics. LE2 9JS. Unnamed Applicant (c/o Agent: Ross Middleton, CC Town Planning, Newton House, Northampton Science Park, Kings Park Road, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 6LG) – Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Opinion Request for Proposed Reserved Matters Residential Development Application – at land off Barry Close, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester. Unnamed Applicant (c/o Agent: Kate Thompson, Pegasus Group, 4 The Courtyard, Church Street, Lockington, Derbyshire DE74 2SL) – Environmental Impact Assessment Screening Opinion relating to proposed residential development for circa 750 dwellings – at land north of Hinckley Road, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester.

New houses at Hambleton Lea are meeting the needs of local people A NEW HOMES development in Hamilton – where three-quarters of the plots have been sold in just seven months – is helping to meet the continuing need for family-size houses in Leicestershire. Hambleton Lea, located off Bryony Road in Hamilton, Leicester, comprises 58 new three, four and five-bedroom houses, as well as 15 affordable homes which will enable local people or key workers to live in a new-build home in their local area. As well as providing much-needed housing for the community, the development is also generating more than £430,000 investment in the local area, with more than £385,000 of the money going towards local education.


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IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction PMI®

Soft patch continues for the construction sector in February Key findings • • •

Marginal rise in total business activity, led by commercial work New work declines for second month running Strong input cost inflation persists in February

FEBRUARY DATA pointed to a continuation of the subdued growth conditions reported across the UK construction sector at the beginning of 2018. Total business activity increased only marginally during the latest survey period, while new work decreased for the second month running. Anecdotal evidence suggested that fragile business confidence and ongoing political uncertainty remained key factors holding back client demand. At the same time, strong input cost pressures were reported in February, with higher raw material prices, fuel bills and staff wages reported by survey respondents. At 51.4 in February, the seasonally adjusted IHS Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) edged up from January’s four-month low of 50.2. This signalled a marginal increase in construction output during February, with the index also weaker than seen on average in 2017 (52.3). Civil engineering was the worst performing category of construction work, with activity falling at the sharpest pace for five months. A soft patch for house building continued in February, meaning that residential work remained on track for its weakest quarter since Q3 2016. The main bright spot was a solid upturn in commercial construction, which expanded at the fastest rate since May 2017. New business volumes fell during February,

although the rate of decline was only marginal and slightly slower than seen at the start of the year. Survey respondents cited fragile client confidence, a headwind from political uncertainty and a continued lack of tender opportunities to replace completed work on infrastructure projects. Weak business activity growth and lower new order volumes both weighed on input buying in February. Relatively subdued demand for construction materials helped to alleviate some of the pressure on supply chains, with the latest downturn in vendor performance the least marked since September 2016. Input cost inflation remained strong in February, driven by higher prices paid for a range of raw materials. Survey respondents noted that increased fuel costs and greater staff wages had pushed up operating expenses. However, the overall rate of input cost inflation was much softer than the fiveanda-half year peak seen at the start of 2017. Construction companies indicated that business confidence moderated since January and was at one of the lowest levels seen in the past five years. Some firms noted that resilient UK economic conditions had supported optimism. However, there were also reports that Brexit-related uncertainty continued to influence decision making and act as a drag on the demand outlook. Tim Moore, Associate Director at IHS Markit and author of the IHS Markit/CIPS Construction PMI® :

“The construction sector endured another difficult month during February, with fragile business confidence, entrenched political uncertainty and softer housing market conditions all factors keeping growth in the slow lane. Residential work appears on track to experience its weakest quarter since Q3 2016, suggesting that house building is losing its status as the main engine of construction growth. “Civil engineering activity was the worst performing category in February, with survey respondents again commenting on a shallow pool of work to replace projects reaching completion. While subdued house building and infrastructure work acted as a brake on the construction sector, this was partly offset by a sustained turnaround in commercial building. “The increase in work on commercial projects during February was one of the strongest seen over the past two years. Some construction firms noted that greater industrial demand, alongside structural changes in consumer spending habits, had contributed to new project opportunities. “Despite pockets of resilience in the UK construction sector, there was little sign of an imminent turnaround in overall growth momentum. Reflecting this, total volumes of new work dropped for the second month running in February and business optimism was among the weakest recorded by the survey since 2013.”

Charnwood Borough Loughborough Endowed Schools (c/o Agent: GSS Architecture) – New-build twostorey sports pavilion with Astro pitch and associated facilities – at Loughborough Endowed Schools, Burton Walks, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 2DU. Mrs Fred Sleath (c/o Agent: Architects LE1) – Erection of 9 dwellings following demolition of commercial units and detached garage to serve No.64 Woodgate – at Lazarus Court, Woodgate, Rothley, Leics. LE7 7NR. Mr B Thaliwal (c/o Agent: Will Aust Architecture) - Change of use and internal alterations and extension to provide 6 one-bed apartments – at 84 Derby Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 5BX. UCR Construction & Development Ltd (c/o Agent: Marrons Planning) – Residential development of 8 dwellings – at the rear of 9 King Street, Sileby, Leics. LE12 7LZ. HD Developments Ltd (c/o Agent: Bailey Design Ltd) – Conversion, alterations and extensions to farmhouse and outbuildings to create 13 dwellings and construction of 2 dwellings (Revised scheme) – at Park Grange Farm, Newstead Way, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 2FB. Deliotte – EIA Scoping Opinion Request for a new training ground for Leicester City Football Club – at Park Hill Golf Club, Park Hill Lane, Seagrave, Leics. LE12 7NG.

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Builders’ Problems SOLVED

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I AM THE commercial director of a large plastering company, carrying out contracts all over the UK.

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Although we directly employ a fairly large labour force, from time-to-time we also have to use recruitment agencies for the supply of operatives. In early 2017, we employed 4 fixers from a recruitment agency to work on a contract in Cardiff. It was the first time that we had used this recruitment agency and at the time we were quite desperate to get fixers on the project. After about 6 months, we laid all the fixers off, but a few weeks later, we took on 2 of the fixers directly, without going through the agency. Just before Christmas 2017, we received an invoice from the recruitment agency which was for a fee of over £20,000 on the basis that we had directly taken on all 4 plasterers. We wrote back to the agency, but instead of receiving a reply, in March we received a court summons for the invoice amount plus court fee and interest. The particulars in the claim form are very basic and essentially refer to the invoice as evidence of the monies due. Any advice?

From experience, recruitment agencies are notorious for being vigilant when it comes to issuing their T&C’s before they even will supply any details of personnel, which is understandable as they need to protect their business from clients that may otherwise obtain potential staff without going through the agency. On this assumption, there will, no doubt, be a clause in the T&C’s that will state a minimum period from an operative last working for the client and before a client can directly approach that operative to work for it without incurring a fee. That said, you would only be liable for the fee for the 2 operatives you employed, not 4. It does however appear that the recruitment agency has not complied with the Civil Procedure Rules’ Pre-Action Protocol, prior to issuing proceedings. The Protocol sets out how a dispute is to be conducted before a claimant issues proceedings, and it is vitally important for both a claimant and defendant to follow the rules otherwise there is a substantial risk

mentioned anything about receiving the recruitment agency’s terms and conditions of trading.

Historic Leicester pub could become student flats A HISTORIC former Leicester pub - The Black Boy in Albion Street - that was saved from the threat of demolition might become student accommodation.

that a successful party’s costs may not be recoverable. The objectives of the Protocol are: (i) to encourage the exchange of early and full information about the prospective legal claim; (ii) to enable parties to avoid litigation by agreeing a settlement of the claim before commencement of proceedings; and (iii) to support the efficient management of proceedings where litigation cannot be avoided In responding to the Claim that has now been issued, I would recommend that in your defence, you state that the claimant failed to comply with the Courts Practice Direction on Pre-Action Conduct. From your outline of the matter, it also sounds like that the agency has not properly pleaded its case. The Civil Procedure Rules lays down mandatory requirements as to how a claim (and defence) has to be pleaded, including “…a concise statement of the facts on which the claimant relies…”, and if this is absent, then the claimant will be contravening CPR 16.4. Similarly where a claimant intends to rely on any standard terms as being incorporated in any agreement, 16PD.7.3 states that a claimant must file a copy of the terms with the claim. Your defence therefore, must reserve the right to amend the defence upon receipt of any further details from the Claimant. However, do not forget that in all probability, you will owe some monies to the agency because you have directly employed 2 of

Michael P. Gerard Author background Michael is a Solicitor, Chartered Builder, Registered Construction Adjudicator & Accredited Expert in quantum and planning matters. the operatives. I would therefore suggest that you file a defence and at the same time, make an application to the Court to stay proceedings whilst the parties comply with the Protocol, which will then give you an opportunity to reach a settlement without incurring further costs. © Michael P. Gerard April 2018 The advice provided is intended to be of a general guide only and should not be viewed as providing a definitive legal analysis.

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If plans are approved, extensions will be made to the building, and it will be transformed into 54 student bedrooms contained in 25 flats. Last year the developers of the project, Deckchair Ltd, were proposing to demolish the pub and replace it with flats. Leicester City Council refused permission for this. This decision was been welcomed by heritage campaigners in the city. Leicester Deputy City Mayor and heritage champion, Cllr Adam Clarke, said: “Although The Black Boy closed as a pub in 2012, the building remains an important part of Leicester’s history. “The Black Boy is protected by our local list of heritage assets – the failure of this appeal not only saves the Black Boy, it demonstrates the credibility of the local list. I am very happy that the Planning Inspectorate has agreed with the council’s stance on this. Heritage of this sort should not be lost.” The Black Boy has stood at the site since the 1820s, with the current neo-Baroque/Art Deco building dating from about 1927. The building, however, has fallen prey to vandalism and damage since its closure.

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Construction project starts steady into 2018 •

Hallam Land Management Ltd (c/o Agent: Marrons Planning) – Residential development of up to 220 new dwellings - at land off Melton Road, Queniborough, Leics. LE7 3FL. GVA – Demolition of six buildings and erection of an Aerothermal Centre of Excellence – at The Aerothermal Centre of Excellence, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3QF. Mr J Fox-Russell (c/o Agent: AGB Design Consultants Ltd) – Erection of 2 detached one-and-a-half storey dwellings – at land at rear of 63 Iveshead Road, Shepshed, Leics. LE12 9EP. Doctor S Clay (c/o Agent: Desford Architectural Design Ltd) – Extensions to doctor’s surgery – at 9 The Banks, Sileby, Leics. LE12 7RD. Mr Charles White (c/o Agent: ADM Surveyors Ltd) – Erection of two-storey office block – at Unit 1 Pavilion Way, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 5GW.

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Starts in the three months to February were 7% down on a year ago, but were little changed on the preceding three months. Residential starts were 13% lower due to a weakening in both private and social housing projects. Non-residential project starts were 4% lower than during the three months to February 2017 as a decline in office, health and education projects outweighed increases in retail, and hotel & leisure work. Civil engineering was 5% higher than a year ago, lifted by a marked improvement in utilities work.

THE VALUE of work starting on site in the three months to February was 7% down on the same period a year earlier, according to the latest Glenigan Index. On a seasonally adjusted basis, starts were 1% up on the three months to November. Glenigan Index Commenting on this month’s figures, Allan Wilén, Glenigan’s Economics Director, said: “The February Index suggests that the flow of projects has steadied. Whilst the value of underlying starts in the three months to February was 7% lower than a year earlier, on a seasonally adjusted basis starts were 1% ahead of the preceding three months. “Strikingly, the private housing and industrial sectors, which have been recent areas of support have faltered over the last three months, but this weakness has been offset by a revival elsewhere - in retail, hotel & leisure, and utilities work. “The recent improvement in the private housing sector has lost momentum. Private residential starts during the three months to February were 9% lower than during the same period a year ago. In addition, the smaller social housing sector has continued to fall away, being 8% down on September to November on a seasonally adjusted basis and 23% lower than a year ago. “Overall non-residential projects were 4% lower than a year ago, but 17% up against the three months to November on a seasonally adjusted basis. The year on year decline is due to a sharp drop in office project starts and weakness in public sector funded areas such as health and education projects. The recent improvement in the industrial sector has also petered with projects starts 5% lower than a year ago. However, these declines have been partially offset by a strengthening in the retail, and hotel & leisure sectors. “Civil engineering starts during the three months to February were 5% up on a year ago. This encouraging upturn in civils work follows a 20% decline in the value of underlying starts on 2017. The rise was driven by a recovery in utilities project starts which were 20% up on a year ago.

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Bloor Homes appoints new planning boss to oversee strategic sites A NEW Senior Planning and Development Director has been appointed at Bloor Homes.

Mr M Willett (c/o Agent: RG+P Ltd) – Demolition of existing buildings and redevelopment of the site for up to 32 dwellings – at Ashmount Special School, Beacon Road, Loughborough, Leics. Mr James Allen (c/o Agent: David Haynes) – Subdivision of cottage to provide 2 residential units – at 4 Stoop Lane, Quorn, Leics. LE12 8BU. Mr Jake Robinson – Reserved Matters submission for 34 dwellings and associated works (Outline Planning Permission P/13/1826/2 refers) – at land off Tickow Lane, Shepshed, Leics. Mr Din Kaderbhai (c/o Agent: DT Designs Ltd) – Proposed first floor side extension for dental surgery – at Former Flat A, Thurmaston Dental Surgery, 577 Melton Road, Thurmaston, Leics. LE4 8EA.

Spencer Claye has joined the privatelyowned housebuilder after 16 years with property development company Gallagher Estates. Based at the developer’s Tamworth office, Spencer will be responsible for the successful delivery of strategic sites across the housebuilder’s Midlands, North West and Western regions. The 44-year-old father of two started his career in the planning department at Lichfield District Council before joining Warwick-based Gallagher Estates, where he fulfilled the roles of Planning Director and Projects Director. During his time with Gallagher, Spencer was Spencer Claye, who has been appointed as responsible for promoting strategic development Senior Planning and Development Director at opportunities across the country, including major urban Bloor Homes regeneration schemes and other large scale projects. He said Bloor Homes’ reputation for quality and its commitment to delivering strategic sites were the main factors in his decision to join the company. Spencer, who lives in Aldridge and counts watching sport among his hobbies, said: “Bloor Homes is renowned for the quality of its product, both in terms of build and design, and in contrast to most other housebuilders it still maintains a steady supply of land through strategic sites. “I have been extremely impressed by the professionalism that exists within the company, and I’m looking forward to using my experience to deliver the land and planning consents we need to increase our rate of housebuilding and move the business forward.” Gary Crisp, Bloor Homes Divisional Chairman, said: “Spencer has an impressive track record of delivering strategic sites for development and we are delighted to welcome him to the team. “We are committed to significantly increasing the delivery of much-needed new homes across our regions in the coming years, and Spencer’s expertise will be crucial in helping us to achieve this.”

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Apprentices graduate as housebuilder announces expansion to award-winning scheme Mr Prince (c/o Agent: Gordon White & Hood) – Proposed terrace of 3 industrial units with parking, landscaping and service yard – at Chainbridge Industrial Estate, Navigation Way, Loughborough, Leics. Loughborough University (c/o Agent: Church Lukas) – Erection of student accommodation to provide 617 bed spaces, Elite Athlete Centre, a central ‘Hub’ building, warden’s house, landscaping provision, provision of access and services infrastructure and the demolition of 10 existing buildings within the site – at Loughborough University, Ashby Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3TU. Mrs Sarah Driscoll – Reserved Matters submission for 119 dwellings and associated works – at Forest Field, Forest Road, Loughborough, Leics. LE11 3NS. Mr Clint Jones (c/o Agent: BHC) – Erection of 3 dormer bungalows (Revised scheme) – at Former 61 Highway Road, Thurmaston, Leics. LE4 9FR.


ALIGNING with National Apprenticeship Week’s ‘Class of 2018’ initiative, Loughborough housebuilder, William Davis Homes has congratulated the most recent graduates from its awardwinning apprentice scheme. Sam Beaver, Jake Dominy, Jack Harrison, Ryan Hill, Josh King and Liam Moss (pictured right) will all complete their studies this year and are remaining with the HBF 5 star housebuilder to develop their careers. 21 year old bricklayer, Jake Dominy, who enjoyed a hugely successful final year winning five awards, is proud of his decision. “Starting a construction apprenticeship was the best choice I could’ve made,” said Jake. “I’ve learnt a skill for life and gained a professional qualification but have also been encouraged to take up other opportunities such as talking to school leavers , which has helped me develop presentation skills and grow my confidence.” “Our annual apprentice intake typically seeks to employ aspiring bricklayers, carpenter/ joiners, plumbers, electricians and maintenance mechanics but we’re now extending our search to include construction groundworkers,” explains Gary Long, M&E and apprentice manager. “Our college partners now offer a two year Civil Engineering NVQ Level 2 for this trade, which focuses on infrastructure design such as roads and sewers as well as housing foundations, substructures and pavements, so it made sense to expand our scheme and find future construction groundworkers. “This means that for 2018, we’re offering up to 13 apprenticeship and technical trainee placements.” Gary Long, M&E and William Davis Homes apprentices undertake a three, four or five year programme via apprentice manager, a combination of practical and academic teaching. Applications can be obtained from William Davis Homes. Nina Wood via 01509 231181.

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Former church in Bottesford FOR SALE INNES ENGLAND are offering forFormer saleChurch a former Existingwith D1 consent Baptist Church freehold opportunity potential forRare change of use 1,578uses, sq ft (146.6 sq m) GIA to alternative subject to planning.May be suitable for alternative uses, STP

The single storey property – Former Bottesford Church, Queen Street, Bottesford NG13 0AH – is of traditional brick construction under pitched tiles Former Bottesford Church, Queen Street, Bottesford, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG13 roofs. Price on application. 0AH For more information or to arrange a viewing appointment, contact 0115 924 3243 Laura Jardine at Innes England on 0115 924 3243 or email: ljardine@ FOR SALE For enquiries and viewings please contact: Laura Jardine 0115 924 3243



The property lies in Bottesford, a small village approximately 17 miles east of Nottingham city centre. Good road links serve the property with rapid access to the A52 to the east and west providing connections to Nottingham city centre and Junction 25 of the M1 motorway network.




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Church for sale in Little Irchester Description

The property is of single storey traditional brick construction under pitched tiled roofs, with UPVC double glazed windows in part and single glazed wooden framed windows to the front of the property. The layout comprises two large open plan former worship spaces accessed via an entrance foyer.

HARWOODS Estate Agents are invoiting offers in excess of £100,000 for The Congregational Church, Milton Road, Little Irchester, Northants. NN8 2DY. The general specification includes:

‐ A mix of strip lighting and suspended spot lighting ‐ Plaster painted walls ‐ Carpet covered floors ‐ Gas central heating ‐ Fully fitted kitchen ‐ WC's

VAT will be payable at the prevailing rate if applicable.

NIA 145.89 sq m (1571 sq ft) approx

Measurements are quoted on a Gross Internal Area basis in accordance with the RICS Code of Measuring Practice, 6th Edition.


From web based enquiries of Melton Borough Council, we can confirm that the premises have an existing consent under D1 (Non‐Residential Institutions) Use of the Town & Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 and its subsequent amends.

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Date Produced: 19‐Feb‐2018

Freehold with vacant possession.

Rates The property is currently exempt due to its most recent use as a Place of Worship. The property may require assessment upon occupation.

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The detached property comprises a chapel with rear THE CONGREGATIONALFOR CHURCHSALE extension providing kitchen and MILTON ROAD cloakroom facilities as well as a village hall and LITTLE stage IRCHESTER area. NORTHANTS NN8 2DY For more information, contact Harwoods on 01933 441464 or email: FOR SALE – FREEHOLD – OFFERS IN EXCESS OF £100,000 Subject to Contract This detached property comprises a chapel with rear extension providing kitchen and cloakroom facilities as well as village hall and stage area. Main walls of the property are of solid brick construction with extension being cavity construction. The main roof to the chapel is pitched with slate covering and to the rear extension is a flat roof with mineral felt covering. Windows are a mixture of sash, timber and metal casements and sealed glazed units. There is no parking provided with the property. We understand the property has planning use for D1 of the Use Classes Order 1987 and would be a good opportunity for many types of business operation within this planning use. The property is located in a mainly residential area being just off the A509 with good links to the A45 as well as being in close proximity to Wellingborough town and the railway station being on the Midland main line.

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New lettings boost for the retail sector EARLY MARKET activity in 2018 has revealed a chink of light in the retail property sector, with 13 shop premises let by Andrew + Ashwell within the first month of the year. The leading East Midlands commercial property specialist has completed lettings on nine retail units in the city and a further four in county and suburban areas, showing confidence in the local retail property market despite, the general consensus that the sector is in decline. Andrew + Ashwell also placed a further five retail units under offer in January alone. Recent lettings include the occupation of 3 Silver Arcade by growing East Midlands takeaway retailer Doughnotts, opening their third store in Leicester, following success in Derby and Nottingham. Further city centre lettings include ground floor premises in Church Gate, three-storey retail premises in Loseby Lane, a former café on Belvoir Street, a former estate agency on Charles Street and a prominent retail corner unit on Belgrave Gate. Premises under offer include units on Belgrave Road, Welford Road, Manor Walk Market Harborough and Main Street Broughton Astley. Tom Meynell, Associate Director at Andrew and Ashwell said: “All of these lettings are new businesses taking the plunge for the first time by committing to retail property. This is very encouraging and demonstrates renewed confidence in the retail sector, despite uncertainty within the wider economy. “We have also been pleased to see a significant level of lease renewals under our management, reflecting both confidence and on-going commitment within the local retail community.”

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Nuneaton & Bedworth Mrs Pauline Atkinson (c/o Agent: Jon Atkinson, 54 Queensway, Nuneaton, Warks. CV10 0DE) – Erection of 2 two-storey semidetached houses – at 39 Willis Grove, Bedworth, Warks. CV12 9BS. Mr William Hodgson (c/o Agent: William Hodgson, David Wilson Homes East Midlands, Forest Business Park, Cartwright Way, Coalville, Leics. LE67 1UB) – Erection of 329 dwellings (Reserved Matters) – at Site 42C019, Land at corner of Eastboro Way and The Long Shoot, Nuneaton.

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Strategic growth plans to be exhibited across Charnwood AN EXHIBITION with information about a plan setting out how Leicester and Leicestershire will grow in the future is at locations in Charnwood. The display is about a draft Strategic Growth Plan which is being developed by a partnership formed by Leicester City and Leicestershire County councils, the seven local borough and district authorities and the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP). People are being urged to have their say on the growth plan during a consultation which runs until April 5, 2018. People can find out more about the plan online or by visiting the display. The growth plan is also being highlighted in the media and on social media. The growth plan puts forward proposals for the new housing and transport improvements that would be needed to attract jobs and investment to Leicester and Leicestershire from now until 2050. The final version of the plan will provide strategic direction and help shape the Local Plans that the city, borough and district councils are or will be preparing or reviewing. It will also be used to support bids for Government funding to deliver the infrastructure needed to support growth. Charnwood Borough Council has arranged for a display to be at the following locations: • Charnwood Borough Council offices, Southfield Road, Loughborough – until April 5 • Syston Town Council, Community Centre, School Street, Syston – until April 5 (open Good Friday, closed Easter Monday) Cllr Eric Vardy, the borough council’s lead member for planning, said: “The growth plan will help make sure development takes place in the most sustainable places and secures the infrastructure our communities need such as roads, schools, open spaces and more. “I would encourage people to look at the strategy and give us their views.” For more information about the growth plan and to have a say, please visit


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On the instructions of Sir John Starkey, this freehold parcel of residential development land, of approximately 2.67 hectares (6.6 acres) in extent, on the outskirts of Southwell, is offered for sale by informal tender. Southwell has a sound record of residential sales across the breadth of the market. Outline Planning Permission has been granted, dated 6th March 2018, subject to conditions and an executed S106 agreement, supported by an illustrative layout showing a wide variety of individual dwelling sizes. Contact

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RICS UK Residential Market Survey, February 2018

Further fall in East Midlands’ housing stock as demand falls for fifth month •

New buyer enquiries fall for the fifth consecutive month Average stocks on estate agents’ books hits fresh record low East Midlands house prices remain robust as little change takes place at national level.

THE INDICATORS for Building future activity in the East Midlands housing market remain subdued, according to the February 2018 RICS UK Residential Market Survey.

to Buy scheme with developer Prices in the East Midlands incentives and the ‘quality’ of new continue to remain robust with homes scoring lower. 34% more respondents reporting Simon Rubinsohn, RICS Chief prices rises. The three-month price Economist commented: “The expectations paint a slightly more consultation announced earlier this subdued picture with 15% more week on housing delivery put the respondents expecting prices to onus squarely on developers and rise. In comparison, price readings planning departments to up their were also strong in Wales, the game to list the supply pipeline North West and Northern Ireland. but the feedback to the latest By way of contrast, feedback on Residential Maret| Survey prices remains negative a greater plot to the rear of to488 GrobyRICS Road | Leicester LE3 9QD cases some doubt as to whether or lesser degree in London, East this will be sufficient to address Anglia, the South East and the the challenge. Significantly, the North. longer term house price indicator The longer five-year indicator has begun to creep upwards once for prices and rents in the region again in recent months despite the continues to suggest that prices will current somewhat mixed climate increase at a slightly slower pace and the private rent series also than rents, although, both point to remains firm, in both cases pointing growth at the end of the five-year to increases over the next five years. period. “Meanwhile, the divergent In an additional question included regional picture is becoming in the survey, respondents were increasingly pronounced with asked about the key factors driving key RICS indicators across huge demand for new build properties. swathes of the country still showing At the national level, the main considerable resilience but data for driver was the lack of stock in London, the South East and East the second-hand market. This is Anglia rather more subdued.” followed by the appeal of the Help

Continuing a prevalent trend; new buyer enquiries, new instructions and newly-agreed sales continued to drift lower in February. New buyer enquiries fell for an fifth successive month with respondents seeing a fall rather than rise in enquiries. Meanwhile, the number of agreed sales also remains slightly negative (net balance -18%), and continues a trend seen over the fifteen months. New buyer enquiries fell once again this month, but there continues to be significant regional variations. Demand from would be buyers continued to increase in BERRYS Estate Agents Scotland, Northern Ireland, and are offering for sale a the South West in February yet single building plot with enquiries from new buyers declined planning consent (ref: not only in the East Midlands, but London and the South East. 20171685) for a single dwelling. Alongside ongoing concerns about affordability in some areas of the The plot – at the rear of 488 region, part of the problem may lie Groby Road, Leicester LE3 in the lack of choice of properties to 9QD – measures 17m wide by purchase with the new instructions 40m deep, and was formerly a indicator falling once again. This rear garden. has pushed the average stocks (per The Guide Price is £140,000. branch) on the books of agents Single building plot with For more information, or to arrange a viewing appointment, contact who respond to the survey to planning a new consent Pierre Farnsworth at Berrys on 01536 532376 or email: pierre.farnsworth@ record low of 49. • Single building plot 42 Headlands, Kettering • Outline planning consent for a single dwelling Northamptonshire, NN15 7HR Tel: 01536 532376 • Easy access to motorway network

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Kier Construction Central (c/o Agent: David Hughes, Marriott House, Abbeyfield Road, Nottingham NG7 2SZ) – Demolition of existing eastern teaching blocks and erection of 2 replacement buildings comprising a three-storey teaching block and a single storey sports block; refurbishment of existing sports hall including replacement external wall/roof cladding & glazing – at Nicholas Chamberlaine Comprehensive School, Bulkington Road, Bedworth, Warks. CV12 9EA. Mrs B Soorishetty (c/o Agent: G Kitaure, The Old School House, School Road, Moseley B13 9SW) – Conversion of existing building and erection of three-storey building to create 12 flats including pitched roof, additionas and elevational changes to existing building and car parking area to rear – at Site 106a014, King Street, Bedworth, Warks. UK Land Development Ltd (c/o Agent: John Pearce, Harris Lamb, Grosvenor House, 75-76 Francis Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 8SP) – Residential development of up to 85 dwellings with public open space – at Site 125d001, Land off Burbages Lane and Wheelwright Lane, Ash Green, Coventry.













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‘No career is off limits’ - the female bricklayer encouraging girls to make the most of International Women’s Day and National Apprenticeship Week A FEMALE bricklaying apprentice from Leicester is highlighting the career options available to other girls in readiness for this year’s International Women’s Day which happend to fall within National Apprenticeship Week (5th to 9th March). Megan Kenney, 18, works as a bricklayer at developer Westleigh’s landmark Wolsey Island development in the city. She is currently in her second year of a level two apprenticeship in bricklaying at Leicester College. She spends one week per month in college and the rest of the time out on site. She was inspired by a career in construction by her father and brother who are both also bricklayers. Megan believes too many young women are put off the idea of a career in construction by the misconception that it is a ‘man’s job’. She said: “I’d recommend a construction apprenticeship to any girls who are considering it. It really isn’t as hard as you think. I haven’t found that being a girl has made any difference – we’re all just a big team here. “Bricklaying is not just a man’s job any more, it really is accessible to girls as a career option if they want it. “The apprenticeship is a great opportunity to get onto a site, get some experience and what we do on site fits in nicely with what we’re learning at college. For me personally it’s also great to be working with my dad and my brother as a little family trio. We’re able to talk things through and we know we can fall back on each other when we need help and advice.” Ian Jones, Managing Director at Westleigh, said: “We hope Megan’s example will inspire other women to consider a career in construction and in particular a trade apprenticeship. “We are very proud of our workforce and as gold standard Investors in People business we are committed to leading the way in terms of gender

Bricklaying apprentice Megan Kenney parity and challenging stereotypes. “We’re always keen to hear from enthusiastic and aspirational people who want to start a career in construction, so don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about our apprenticeship programme.” Westleigh, which builds new homes for affordable rent and private purchase across the Midlands and into Yorkshire, offers apprenticeships in groundwork, bricklaying and joinery. The firm recruits an annual intake of apprentices each September and is encouraging prospective apprentices to start thinking about their next career steps now.

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New Coalville business park that will create 120 jobs unveiled


Tackling the most common but preventable health and safety issues on house-building sites EVERY YEAR several thousand construction workers are injured whilst working on building sites. According to the Health and Safety Executive, during 2016/17 around 1,200 of these injuries were due to slips, trips or falls.

INFORMATION offering a sneak peek of a new 41,000sq ft work space set to boost business in Coalville has been revealed. Vulcan Park is being created by Leicestershire County Council to support start-ups and firms looking to expand, and would create more than 120 jobs. The £5.5m venture – part-funded by the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) – will offer a range of high-spec industrial units to let with unit sizes from 1,000 sq. ft.

Care village development FOR SALE opportunity in Lichfield by Informal Tender

FISHER GERMAN are offering for sale BY INFORMAL TENDER an opportunity to deliver a care village of up to 150 units, forming part of a major urban extension to Lichfield.


CARE VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY Streethay, Lichfield, Staffordshire

The site is located within the emerging development known as Roman Approximately 6.08 acres Heights at Streethay on the north-eastern edge of Lichfield. Opportunity to deliver a care village forming part of a major urban extension to Lichfield For more information, contact Ross Jackson at Fisher German on To be set within 750 new residential units plus mixed use retail centre and 01530 410889 or email new primary school Close to A38 with easy access to Lichfield City Centre Walking distance from Trent Valley Railway Station

Effective management of working areas and access routes could prevent some of these injuries. With an estimated 2.3 million working days lost each year in construction between 2014/15 and 2016/17 due to workplace injury (17%) and work-related illness (83%)*, NHBC, the leading provider of health and safety services to the home-building industry and the organiser of the UK’s only industry health and safety awards scheme, highlights the the most frequent reported items in the final quarter of 2017: • Workers working on scaffold with no guardrails in place • No fall protection on open stairwells • Access routes blocked with site materials • No eye protection being worn when using a paslode nail gun • No respiratory protection being worn when using a disc cutter or saw • No pedestrian/traffic segregation in place, with operatives and members of the public walking in the road with the site traffic • Scaffold not being erected correctly in accordance with TG 20.13 NHBC health and safety advisers can provide coaching and advice to site managers, and when the right measures are in place, the safety of a site can be dramtically improved. Stephen Ashworth, Health & Safety Services Manager, said: “Over recent years, we have seen big improvements with regards to safety on site and the number of injuries to construction workers has reduced. Here at NHBC we’ve seen the importance given to health and safety on housebuilding sites across the UK, with record levels of entries for the NHBC Health and Safety Awards and higher levels of take up for our health and safety services. “One way to avoid injuries on house-building sites it to make sure a safe work environment is provided and taking a proactive approach to safety on site helps keep workers safe.” NHBC will be announcing the commended winners for the Health and Safety Awards 2018 on 23rd May 2018. Further advice for construction workers can be found here: www.nhbc.

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Little Springers hop into new home through Mather Jamie A GROWING Leicestershire gymnastics club has opened its latest branch in a former luxury car showroom in Syston, following a letting through local property experts Mather Jamie. Little Springers Gymnastics Club, which already has similar clubs set up in Melton and Birstall, needed a new space in which to run classes due to demand, and the 4,638ft2 property on St Peters Street, which was once a Bentley dealership, was the perfect location. Little Springers has around 600 members aged between five and 16 years old, and the new Syston club means they can now also offer pre-school classes. The company, which opened its first club in 2015, is Alex Reid of Mather Jamie at the Little Springers hoping to expand to around 1,000 members by the Gymnastics Club’s new Syston branch, with gym end of the year. members behind. The new club features a full size spring floor, 12m fast track, custom landing areas, air track and several training aids all provided by Tracks 2000. The newly opened Syston branch of Little Springers Gymnastics Club is in a former showroom for luxury cars. Jean-Christophe Cipieres, co-founder of Little Springers, said, “My business partner came to me with the idea of a children’s gym club less than three years ago, and we’ve gone from strength to strength ever since, with a long waiting list of new members. “We needed a spacious location in Syston, where I’m originally from as it happens, and the former car showroom on St Peters Street seemed ideal – all it needed was to be repurposed and it now has a new lease of life for our 200 or so members in Syston.” Alex Reid, Director of Mather Jamie, said, “This has been a novel use for a commercial property that has seen numerous uses in its history, and with their vision and creativity, Little Springers have transformed it into a thriving gymnasium for local youngsters. “We were delighted to help Jean-Christophe and his team find the perfect property for their burgeoning local business, and we have plenty of other commercial properties of different sizes across Leicestershire and the East Midlands waiting for companies to expand into.”

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Small sites and small builders will build homes faster, says FMB THE BEST WAY to speed up housing delivery is to get more small builders back into the market and focus more attention on the potential of smaller sites, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

SDL AUCTIONS are offering for sale BY AUCTION a former printers premises at 157 Belgrave Gate, Leicester LE1 3HS. The property has large storage and work space with offices to the first floor and toilets. Total area is approximately 2,400 sq.feet. For sale BY AUCTION on Tuesday 17th April 2018 at Leicester City Football Club, King Power Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester LE2 7FL, 11.30am start time. Guide Price: £125,000+ For more information, contact SDL Auctions on 0116 254 9654 or view the catalogue online at

In response to the Prime Minister’s speech, Building a Britain fit for future, Brian Berry Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Small sites tend to deliver more quickly and smaller builders, for whom short term financing is more of a concern, have every incentive to build and sell quickly. More opportunities for these smaller developments will diversify the market, boost capacity and speed up delivery. The Government has clearly recognised this, and is today setting out a raft of changes to national planning policy that will encourage more small sites to come forward. We particularly welcome the move to ensure that at least 20% of the sites identified for housing in local authority’s plans are smaller sites.” Berry continued: “However, we also need to be aware that the pace of building homes cannot be simply dictated. Those whose business is building houses have very few incentives to just sit on land. SME builders in particular have every incentive to build and sell as quickly as they can, so that they can recoup their investment and move on to the next project – nothing else would make financial sense. But developments can be stalled and slowed down for perfectly good reasons – from the financing difficulties which can often affect smaller builders, to downturns in market conditions. Building a house is a very significant investment, and house builders who build without being sure they can sell, don’t stay in business very long.” Berry concluded: “There is reason to push back against developers who have a particularly poor track record of delivery, and those who seek planning permissions purely for speculative purposes, but the Government needs to make sure that rhetoric doesn’t get ahead of reality. It should recognise that attempts to force building at a rate which makes poor commercial sense could end up slowing down delivery. This could end up discouraging rather than incentivising the SME builders and new market entrants we need to diversify the market.”

Mr Harry Warren (c/o Agent: Dino Labbate, Swish Architecture Ltd, 37 Gordon Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 5LQ) – Two storey rear extension and flat roof dormer window to create 3 C3 flats and internal alterations – at 84 Musters Road, West Bridgford, Notts. Bellway Homes Ltd East Midlands (c/o: Mitesh Rathod, 3 Romulus Court, Meridian East, Meridian Business Park, Leicester LE19 1YG) – Full planning application for demolition of existing dwelling, erection of 42 dwellings, conversion of barns to 2 dwellings, formation of access, provision of open space and associated infrastructure – at 235 melton Road, Edwalton, Notts. NG12 4DB.

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Leicestershire Housebuilder Searching For New Apprentices BARDON-BASED David Wilson Homes East Midlands is continuing its work to support local employment, by creating eight new apprentice roles to develop talent and support business growth. The leading housebuilder is looking to recruit six new trade apprentices specialising in bricklaying or carpentry and joinery to work across its developments in Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Warwickshire. In addition, it will also employ a technical and commercial apprentice which will both be based at head office. The vacancies come ahead of the eleventh annual National Apprenticeship Week, running from March 5th-9th, which celebrates the benefits of apprenticeships for individuals, businesses and the wider economy. The introduction of the National Apprenticeship Levy last April has helped to promote the idea that apprenticeships provide an alternative route to traditional

education. The new co-investment rate means the cost of training and assessment will be shared between employers that qualify to pay the levy and the government. John Reddington, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes East Midlands, said: “The construction industry is continuing to grow and this is an exciting time for anyone with an interest in housebuilding to join a market leading company. “As one of the country’s top developers we are absolutely committed to developing raw talent and I believe that we have a duty to provide these kinds of apprenticeship opportunities.” The new trade apprentices, who start in September, will be based on a housing development site in the county and will learn skills

Harry Scott, one of David Wilson East Midlands’ new apprentices in bricklaying or joinery from experienced tradespeople for four days a week. They will also spend one day a week at college undertaking a qualification in their chosen field. Harry Scott (17), who is from Whitwick in Leicestershire, is currently doing a Joinery apprenticeship at David Wilson Homes’ Coalville development Abbots View. He said: “David Wilson Homes is the best homebuilding company there is and I want to be the best at my trade, so to be the best you need to work with the best.

“Being good enough at my trade to slowly ease into working more independently on site is what I’m looking forward to most. “In the future I’d like to be a successful joiner turned site manager for David Wilson Homes.” All programmes are well structured and tailored to individual needs. Apprentices will receive encouragement, support and guidance to help them develop, giving the skills and qualifications for a successful career. For further information about the roles available and to apply, please visit

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Housebuilder donates £300 to two Rutland schools to mark World Book Day HOUSEBUILDER Lovell Homes has donated £300 worth of Book Tokens to two local schools to help mark World Book Day. Lovell Homes, who is currently building at its Greetham Gardens development in Greetham kindly donated £150 of vouchers each to St Nicholas CE Primary School and Cottesmore Millfield Academy, in Cottesmore near Pupils and teachers at St Nicholas CE Primary School Oakham. Cottesmore with Book Vouchers donated by Lovell Homes. Each school invited pupils to dress up as book characters in celebration of World Book Day, where children across the country are encouraged to come together to appreciate reading. Sarah Lyons, Head Teacher at St Nicholas CE Primary said: “Reading is one of our key priorities and we are constantly needing an injection of new books to supplement our school library to nurture and sustain our pupils’ love of reading. “Imagine our surprise and delight when we received this most generous offer just in time for our upcoming book fair! “We really cannot thank Lovell enough for this fantastic donation. It will have such a direct and positive impact on our children, and has made our World Book Day really special!” Robert Adams, Managing Director for Lovell Eastern Region said: “World Book Day is a great celebration throughout the UK, and we are thrilled to be able to support the local community through encouraging local children to get stuck in to a good book. “We are delighted to be able to contribute to both St Nicholas CE Primary and Cottesmore Millfield Academy’s libraries, and we hope the pupils will make the most of the new books the school can now purchase.”

New approach to estimating published to address challenges of modern construction THE CODE of Estimating Practice from the Chartered Institute of Building has been updated in recognition of how the procedure, practice and process of construction have changed. Estimating is the systematic calculation of projected construction and overhead costs for a construction project and it is an essential skill for a successful contractor. It’s a process that the CIOB believes needs to be modernised, made more reliable and more dynamic. This latest edition of the code examines the processes of estimating and pricing, providing best practice guidelines for those involved in procuring and pricing construction works. This includes a new approach to estimating which links production planning, resource requirements, time management and control of costs. “Estimating is at the core of every construction project. If the estimate is wrong, everybody suffers; the contractor, client, consultants and companies involved in the supply chain” said author of the publication Professor Roger Flanagan PPCIOB. “A new approach to estimating is necessary to keep the industry relevant and ensure accurate and reliable pricing is at the heartbeat of construction.” The code, long established as a leading publication in the construction industry, now includes more contextual and educational material alongside the code of practice, the only code of practice on construction estimating. This publication is important reading for construction contractors, specialist contractors, quantity surveyors/cost consultants and for students of construction and quantity surveying. For more information and to purchase this latest publication, visit Wiley. ( New+Code+of+Estimating+Practice-p-9781119329466). Please note members receive a 20% discount off this purchase.

Spring Statement 2018

Increase to Personal Allowance Welcome UK TAX EXPERT David Redfern has welcomed news that the personal tax-free allowance is to be raised in the next tax year, as announced in the Spring Statement by the UK government. Commenting on the announcement that the personal tax-free allowance is to be raised to £11,850 from next April, tax preparation specialist and founder of DSR Tax Claims Redfern stated that he welcomed the increase, which will allow taxpayers to keep more of their earnings before they are required to pay income tax. Although major changes to taxation and government spending now only take place in November’s Autumn Budget, the Spring Statement sets out the government’s economic plans going forwards and as well as providing an update on the UK economy to date. The Spring statement also set out the government’s intention to increase the personal tax-free allowance to £11,850 in tax year 2018/19 - up from £11,500 for tax year 2017/18. Noting the government’s assertion that the average taxpayer will pay around £1,075 less in tax than in tax year 2010/11, Redfern stated that “I am committed to campaigning for a fairer tax burden for the average taxpayer and this change to the personal allowance is a small step in that direction - this personal tax-free allowance increase will help workers and their families by allowing them to keep more of their hardearned income”. He also urged the government to consider the tax proposals put forward in last week’s Institute of Public Policy Review (IPPR) proposal, stating that a modern economy needed a taxation system that was fair for all.

Land for sale with Auction Estates TWO LOTS which are being offered at the next Auction Estates Auction will be of interest to local builders and developers: • Residential development land at Woodchurch Road, Arnold, Nottingham NG5 8NJ Planning permission (Gedling ref: 2016/0124) has been granted for 7 spacious residential dwellings on this 1.06 acre site. Guide Price: £250,000+ • Land adjacent to 2 Pine Walk, Castle Gresley, Swadlincote DE11 9JW Land with planning consent (South Derbyshire DC ref: 9/2017/0915) for a detached threebedroom house with detached garage and offstreet parking for 2 cars. Guide Price: £25,000 The auction takes place on Thursday 26th April at 2.30pm at Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham. For more information, contact Auction estates on 01157 844 600 or email: info@

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Providing total property, land and estate services for residential, commercial and rural clients since 1888 Midway, Derbyshire Guide Price £275,000

Norton Juxta Twycross, Leicestershire Guide Price £825,000 A range of traditional farm buildings and farmhouse with outline planning permission for development.

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Moira, Leicestershire Guide Price £650,000

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Norton Juxta Twycross, Leicestershire Guide Price £465,000

Appleby Magna, Leicestershire Guide Price £350,000

Former Public House with potential for residential development.

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McCarthy gives trusted supplier status to Leicestershire company LEICESTERSHIRE-BASED construction materials supplier Aggregate Industries is now a trusted supplier to retirement living specialist McCarthy & Stone. Aggregate’s precast concrete products division Charcon Construction Solutions and its Building Products team have both completed a number of projects and orders this year alone. McCarthy & Stone is the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, specialising in apartments for older people, offering independent living with a range of on-site support services. Charcon Construction Solutions has to date supplied and installed products at 24 of its developments in 2017, with many more in the pipeline to commence both this year and next. With a framework agreement in place, and working on projects across all of McCarthy & Stone’s eight English regions, the Charcon Construction Solution team has supplied products to sites in Morpeth in the North East to Exmouth in Devon, and Benllech in Anglesey to Ely in Cambridgeshire – demonstrating a truly nationwide service. Typically, Charcon Construction Solution supplies and installs 150mm pre-stressed concrete Hollowcore flooring and precast concrete stairs to Ground and Upper floors in each McCarthy & Stone building. Hollowcore flooring units can offer a flexible and economic answer to flooring challenges, due to the spans and widths of units available. Each McCarthy & Stone development will typically consist of between 2,500 to 4,000 m2 of Hollowcore flooring. The precast concrete stairs are manufactured offsite to the exact requirements at Charcon Construction Solution’s manufacturing facility in Lound, North Nottinghamshire. This ensures a bespoke quality product that is quick, safe and cost effective to install. Supplying McCarthy & Stone two to four staircases per project, typically from Ground to Third floor levels, with variations depending upon particular developments. Richard Baldry, General Manager at Charcon Construction Solutions, said: “We have worked with McCarthy & Stone for many years now and have built a trusted partnership. Many companies come to us because of the multi-product and multidiscipline offering that Aggregate Industries can provide, as well as our readiness and capability to respond to our customers’ needs.” David Thomas, Category Manager at McCarthy and Stone, said: “Aggregate Industries are a valued collaborative framework partner of McCarthy and Stone and play a critical role in ensuring our site construction programmes remain on time and to budget. There have been numerous examples of them going the extra mile over the last year and they have become a valued member of our extended team.”

Leading Developer Encourages Women To Consider A Career In Construction FOLLOWING International Women’s Day on Thursday 8th March, leading developer Barratt Homes North Midlands is encouraging more women to consider careers in the construction industry, with a variety of roles available across Nottinghamshire. The housebuilder is reminding women from all skill sets of the Sales Director Jan Ruston different roles available and is encouraging them to put their experience to the industry. Jan Ruston, Sales Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “We want to quash the age old stereotype that the construction industry is a male dominated field as we have many women who work in the company. “With a range of departments we want to remind women that there are a variety of different roles that can be offered within the business that have great benefits and excellent opportunities for career progression. “The construction industry is continuing to grow and this is an exciting time for people with an interest in housebuilding to join a market leading company. “As one of the country’s top developers we are absolutely committed to developing raw talent and support our staff with training.” Some roles within the industry include: Based out on site – Electricians, Plasterers, Engineers, Forklift Driver, Scaffolders, Bricklayers, Site Manager, Contracts Manager Based at Head Office – Architectural Technician, Surveyors, Land and Planning Managers, Estimator, Buyer, Finance Administrator Further information about career opportunities currently available can be found at

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Skills shortage in the construction sector By Solicitors Kara Price and Sarah Wales from law firm Womble Bond Dickinson


HE CONSTRUCTION sector is in the grips of a skills shortage which is limiting construction activity and increasing labour costs at the same time. The shortage has recently hit its worst recorded level and it is expected to worsen over the coming years and decades, with the recruitment of new talent failing to keep up with the rate of retirement.

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has reported that the industry will need to find 157,000 new recruits by 2021 in order to keep up with demand. One of the key ways in which the industry and the UK government are attempting to tackle this is through the recruitment of apprentices. Apprenticeship levy – background The government has committed to an additional 3,000,000 apprenticeship starts across all industries in England by 2020. From 6 April 2017, changes in apprenticeship funding were introduced and implemented meaning that funding of new apprenticeships will now come from an apprenticeship levy rather than taxpayers. The government’s objectives when implementing the levy were to boost productivity by investing in human capital, develop vocational skills and increase the quantity and quality of apprenticeships. The levy is set at a rate of 0.5% of an employer’s wage bill and is collected monthly via the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) mechanism. The levy applies to companies of all sizes with an annual payroll bill of £3,000,000 of more – less than 2% of UK employers. All levy contributions are paid into an employer’s online digital apprenticeship service account and the government also contributes to the levy with a 10% top up meaning that for every £1 that enters an employer’s digital account it gets an additional 10 pence. Employers in England (Scotland, Wales are Northern Ireland are currently excluded) can reclaim their apprenticeship levy contributions as digital vouchers to pay for training apprentices. Smaller employers who do not pay the levy are also able to access the digital apprenticeship service and by 2020, all employers will be able to use service to pay for the training an assessment for apprenticeships. Is the apprenticeship levy working? The initial figures haven’t been too promising – between August and October 2017 there were 114,400 apprenticeship starts, comprising of 21,400 starts in August, 28,600 in September and 34,300 in October. These figures are significantly less than those reported at the same time in 2016, when there were 36,500, 74,400 and 44,800 starts respectively. This sharp decrease in apprenticeship starts highlights the

need to reform the apprenticeship levy system, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). According to Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB: “The lack of flexibility in the value of vouchers which large employers are able to pass down the supply chain to smaller subcontractors who work for them is a key issue. At present, only 10% of vouchers are able to be passed down, however larger construction firms do not tend to directly employ large numbers of on-site tradespeople. This means that there is a real danger that these vouchers are not being spent on training the key skills that the industry so desperately needs.” How will the apprenticeship levy work alongside the Construction Industry Training Board levy? Around 1% of employers registered with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) (a non-departmental public body that reports to the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills) will need to pay the apprenticeship levy. The CITB already collects a levy from construction employers with a wage bill of £80,000 or more and the funds collected are invested back into the construction industry through training. Therefore, for the 2017/2018 financial year, employers with a payroll over £3m who are within the scope of the CITB levy will have to pay both levies. Given the overlap between schemes, the CITB has commented that it is for the construction industry to decide what type of support they want for skills and training in the future. The CITB has set up a new employer-led “Levy Working Party” to consider the options for how the CITB levy can work alongside the apprenticeship levy with the possible implementation of a new CITB Levy Order for 2018. A new forecast from the CITB has revealed that over 150,000 construction jobs are set to be created over the next five years, with 15,350 carpenters and 9,350 labourers needed. There will also be a significant growth in a range of professional and managerial roles. Whilst it is imperative that the apparent issues with the apprenticeship levy and the uncertainty around how the system is going to coincide with the CITB levy are addressed and resolved, more needs to be done so that the UK construction industry can continue to grow in the future.

So what can you do? There are a number of reasons why young people are not drawn to a career in construction. It is often seen as an uncertain sector - the demise of Carillion has reinforced this perception as well as public concerns over the impact of Brexit. In addition, school pupils are generally not aware of the variety of jobs available in the sector. A key way to address these perceptions and to encourage more new talent into the construction sector is for people and businesses within the industry to engage with schools and colleges. More needs to be done to educate pupils – and their parents and teachers – about what options are available and what a career in construction looks like. This will allow students to adapt to shortages in a particular skill set. It is also important to promote

the industry to girls and students from STEM subjects, who would not typically consider a career in construction. There are many organisations who are linking businesses with schools and colleges, such as the CIOB and the CITB. This is a national crisis which is impeding the growth of our sector. But this is also an opportunity for you to shape the future of the construction sector and the next generation of talent.

SDL Derby Auction Lots SEVERAL LOTS at the upcoming SDL Derby Auction will be of interest to local builders and developers: •

Residential development in Swadlincote – 56 Coppice Side Swadlincote, DE11 9AA – Excellent development opportunity with planning consent (ref: 9/2017/0779) for demolition of the existing dwelling and erection of a pair of semi-detached dwellings to the rear, and the erection of a detached dwelling to the front of the site. Guide Price: £125,000+ • End of terrace house requiring full renovation – 85 Markeaton Street, Derby DE1 1DX – Spacious two doublebedroomed end-terrace property in need of a full scheme of renovation. Guide Price: £30,000+ • Development site in Derby – Land adjacent to 150 Uttoxeter Old Road, Derby DE1 1NF – Superb freehold development site with full detailed planning permission (ref: DER/03/15/00386) for the erection of 7 luxury apartments. Guide Price: £110,000+ The above properties are due to be offered for sale BY AUCTION on 11th April 2018 at The Pedigree Suite, Pride Park Stadium, Derby DE24 8XL, starting at 11.30am. For more information, contact SDL Auctions on 01332 242880 or view the catalogue online at

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Leicester City Council to set up own company to build affordable homes LEICESTER’S City Mayor has announced ambitious plans for the city council to set up its own housing company – and construction on the first 50 new homes could begin this year. The creation of the company would enable the council to build affordable new homes across the city on sites already in its ownership. In the first phase of construction, the company would aim to build 50 two- or three-bed houses and some bungalows. Most of these would be offered to people on the council’s housing register, with some possibly being sold to help subsidise costs. The second phase of work would involve building homes for private rentals and low-cost ownership, as well as houses for sale. The council has already earmarked more than £2 million in its capital programme for the house-building programme, and can also use some of the money raised through the sale of its council houses, although most of this has to go to the Government. Once established the new company would be able to borrow money from the city council that would otherwise be set aside to pay off debt. The company would also bid for pots of funding from the Government.

City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: “Because of cuts in benefits, soaring private rents and the impact of the Government’s austerity measures, more people than ever are in need of affordable housing, but there is very little available right across the country. “By setting up an arms-length company, we can access the finance we need to build new homes and make an impact on the housing market that would otherwise not be open to us.” Assistant city mayor for housing Cllr Andy Connelly said: “We already spend more than £5 million a year on services to prevent people from becoming homeless and this important work will continue. “The creation of the new housing

company is a key part of our wider strategy to reduce homelessness and one of several new initiatives we will be launching in the coming months.” The company – yet to be named – would be separate from the city council but owned by it. It would be led by directors and a housing development programme manager, but other staff resources – such as legal, financial and administrative support – would come from within the city council. The council has not built any new homes since 2012/13, when 81 were constructed at sites on Laburnum Road, The Fairway and Hamelin Road, although it has made land available for others to build on. This includes a site at Heathcott Road, where East Midlands Housing Association completed 68 new homes – built to Passive House standards – in 2017. In the last ten years the city council has worked with partners to provide around 600 new affordable homes, with more than half of those – 381 – being built in 2010/11.

Quality Business Space In Demand JASON HERCOCK, associate commercial surveyor at Wells McFarlane - recently named Best Property Consultancy in Leicestershire for the second year running – reports the demand for quality business space, especially smaller units, has never been higher and property owners looking to convert existing buildings into offices/studios would be assured of a good return on their investment. “Demand for good quality, well located business premises is very high at the moment,” said Jason, who has been working with a number of city-based business seeking new premises. “And it’s fair to say that rents in regional towns and even rural areas are achieving close to the higher rents usually associated with business parks such as the Meridian in Leicester. With units from 1200 – 5000sqft proving extremely popular.” As well as managing office/ commercial premises in Lutterworth, Leicester, Hinckley and Market Harborough, Wells McFarlane also manages a number

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Demolition proposed for Goscote House

Maxfield House’s 85 flats set for major refurbishment

LEICESTER’S tallest high-rise residential tower block could be demolished next year.

Maxfield House, on the St Peter’s estate in Highfields, will see all 85 of its one-bedroomed flats redecorated and refitted with new kitchens, bathrooms and flooring. Communal areas will be refurbished and the entire block will be rewired with new heating and ventilation systems fitted throughout. The ground floor office and storeroom space will be remodelled to provide a new two-bedroomed flat. New lifts have already been installed and all communal fire doors replaced. Maxfield House will also be the first of the city council-owned tower blocks to be fitted with a sprinkler system. Residents have been temporarily moved to new homes while the work is carried out. It is hoped that work will be complete and they will be able to move back into the block from January 2019. Major refurbishment work has already been completed on neighbouring Framland House, Gordon House and Clipstone House as part of an ongoing programme. Cllr Andy Connelly, assistant city mayor for housing, said: “The work at Maxfield House is the latest phase of our ambitious tower block refurbishment programme. “Along with improvements to all 85 flats at Maxfield House, heating and ventilation will be brought up to modern standards and communal areas will be given an overhaul. We will also be installing a new sprinkler system while the refurbishment is taking place.” Although there is no requirement to do so, Leicester City Council took the decision to fit sprinkler systems to its residential tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Specialist work is underway to identify the best way of retrofitting sprinkler systems to the three residential blocks that have already been refurbished. It is expected that these systems will be fitted within the next 18 months.

Goscote House, a 23-storey residential block in St Peter’s Estate, is proposed to be decommissioned and demolished, after structural reports called into doubt its long term viability. The building, which dates from the early 1970s, houses 134 flats made up of a mixture of bedsits, one-bedroom flats and cluster flats reflecting the housing needs at the time. It was earmarked for a £6.5million redevelopment as part of Leicester City Council’s tower block refurbishment project, which would have seen living areas reconfigured and other improvements made to the building. However, a new report into the building’s long-term viability says that while the building is currently safe, inspections would be needed every five years to guarantee the ongoing structural integrity of its concrete framework. A number of buildings elsewhere in the country of the same age and design of Goscote House are now showing signs of reaching the end of their useful lives. The building is one of five tower blocks on the estate, four of which have been, or are in the process of being, refurbished by the city council to bring them up to modern standards. The other four tower blocks in St Peter’s – Maxfield House, Framland House, Clipstone House and Gordon House – are all of a different design to Goscote House and are subject of a multi-million pound project to modernise and improve them. About 30 of Goscote House’s 134 apartments are already vacant and decommissioned, and no new tenants are being taken in. Of the 100 or so occupied flats, about 70 are secure, permanent tenancies, with the other 30 being people who have been housed there temporarily from nearby Maxfield House, which is undergoing a £2million programme of refurbishment. Leicester City Council is working with the remaining tenants to explain the proposals, and would arrange alternative accommodation via its housing register. Demolition would not be expected to take place until at least April 2019, once the Maxfield House works are complete and Goscote House would be empty.

WORK is underway on a £2milllion refurbishment of an 18-storey tower block in Leicester.


Site circa 1.567 acres (0.634 ha) Outline Planning Permission (MBC ref. 17/00315/OUT) Attractive opportunity in idyllic location with strong commuter links Further details available upon request.

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Interesting properties for sale with FHP 93-95 Wiltshire Road I Chaddesden Derby I DE21 6FB

Building plot with outline planning consent for a pair of semi-detached houses

THE FOLLOWING properties are being offered for sale by FHP Estate Agents: Site area: 400 m² (0.18 acres)

• Building plot with Outline Planning Permission (ref: DER/02/17/00196) for a pair of semi-detached houses – at 93-95 Wiltshire Road, Chaddesden, Derby DE21 6FB. The site is brownfield, level, and measures 400 sq.metres approximately in area. Offers in the Kings Acre, Cavendish Way, Clipstone, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG21 9EH region of £90,000 are • Outline planning permission for a pair of semi-detached houses (reference invited. Contact Steve DER/02/17/00196) Gillott at FHP on 0115 841 •1133 orlocation email: Prominent at junction of Wiltshire Road/Roe Farm Lane • Development • Adjacent to shops and bus services site with outline • Level oven-ready site For Sale planning permission for • Rare development opportunity residential development – at Kings Acre, Cavendish Way, Clipstone, Mansfield, Notts. NG21 9EH. A Section 106 Agreement has already been satisfied for the site. As part of the Planning Permission, a small neighbourhood parade of shops is to be Leicester Colosseum I 98-100 Melton Road developed. Offers over Leicester I LE4 5EB £400,000/acre net are Rare freehold opportunity to acquire invited. Contact David + 5a – 10 Acres For Sale Golden Hargreaves at FHP on KingsMile Acrelandmark – Suitable for + Outline Planning Permission n variety of usesWay 0115 841 1131 or email: Cavendish + Taylor Wimpey and Persimmo 1,740m² (18,729ft²) Clipstone, Mansfield • Leicester Golden + Stunning views over open cou Nottinghamshire NG21 9EH + Offers over £400,000/acre ne Mile landmark building – Leicester Colosseum, 98Visit our website 100 Melton Road, Leicester LE4 5EB – Fisher Hargreaves Proctor Limited I 10 Oxford Street Nottingham NG1 5BG a substantial Art Deco property which has previously been used as a cinema, bingo hall, entertainment venue and shopping mall. St Marys Gate House I St Marys Gate The 18,729 sq ft Derby DE1 3JE of Leicester’s Golden • LocatedI in the heart Mile building would suit a • Restaurants, shops and local amenities variety of alternative uses such as weddings, conferencing community City Centre development plotor in athe heart close by centre, subject to any necessary Price on application – contact • 1.5the milesconsents. from the City Centre of Cathedral Quarter • Front and rear car park Tom Szymkiw at FHP on 0115 841 1159 or email: • Available now For Sale • Development plot Approx 425m² (4,575ft²) Site area in Derby City Centre – at St Marys Gate House, St Marys Gate, Derby DE1 3JE – the site currently is used for car parking, previously it had planning permission (02/12/00179) for a three-storey office building, but this has expired. For sale freehold at a price of £325,000. Contact Tim • Central residential development site, Richardson at FHP on subject to planning • Excellent city centre location 01332 224 857 or email:

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Harry Haines, Document Services SEVENTEEN-YEARApprentice at Stonewater OLD Harry Haines, who lives in Blaby village just outside Leicester, has found his Level 2 Business and Administration apprenticeship a great alternative to A-Levels.

Swapping A-Levels for an apprenticeship

Harry, who is a Document Services Apprentice for leading social housing provider Stonewater in Leicester, explains: “I did well with my GCSEs, but quickly realised that A-Levels weren’t for me, so after a few months I dropped out and started looking at apprenticeships. I was looking at various different types but realised that business administration would be great as it offered lots of transferable skills. “I found Stonewater’s apprenticeship on the .gov website and thought it looked interesting because it was involved with social housing. There was quite a lot in the description that I thought sounded like me – like having a keen eye for detail and being organised.” Harry started his apprenticeship, which is run through external training provider CHS (Centre for Housing and Support), in February last year. “In document services we do a variety of things, so I never get bored. We receive all of Stonewater’s post which we sort and scan and then upload onto an e-post system and send out to the right person. We also book train tickets for staff members going to meetings and conferences and print out letters and documents for residents.”

Support from Stonewater

Harry spends five days a week in the Leicester office and has regular visits from his CHS assessor: “I do have to do coursework as part of the apprenticeship and Stonewater gives me allocated time each week to get it done during work hours. My Stonewater managers have been really supportive at answering questions, as well as allowing me to look into finding out the answers on my own.” Harry’s apprenticeship is 14 months long and will end next month (April). “I think this job has helped me improve my team skills and has helped me integrate with different kinds of people. It’s also been a good way of getting used to conducting myself in a work situation, like learning how to write business emails and such, which at first, I had no idea how to do. “Apprentices can be a really good choice, depending on your circumstances. In my case, I had realised that A-Levels were just not for me – I was just not enjoying it – and I wasn’t planning to go to university.” For Harry, the apprenticeship offered him a second option which he’s very glad he took. As he explains: “Apprenticeships are great because you’re learning and earning at the same time.”

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Drop in apprenticeship starts shows need to reform levy, says FMB APPRENTICESHIP starts have decreased by a more than third in November 2017 compared with November 2016, highlighting the need to reform the apprenticeship levy system, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on the Department for Education’s apprenticeship and levy statistics for November 2017, published in February, Brian Berry Chief Executive of the FMB said: “The disappointing results show a 35% drop in apprenticeship starts in November 2017. These are not finalised figures, but even allowing for a certain degree of change, this looks like a clear downward turn in new apprenticeships. Unfortunately, this is not altogether surprising given the intrinsic flaws in how the apprenticeship levy works. The lack of flexibility in the value of vouchers which large employers are able to pass down the supply chain to smaller subcontractors who work for them is a key issue. At present only 10% of vouchers are able to be passed down, however larger construction firms do not tend to directly employ large numbers of on-site tradespeople. This means that there is a real danger that these vouchers are not being spent on training the key skills that the industry so desperately needs.” Berry concluded: “In the long term, the only way we will be able to address the chronic skills crisis that is impacting the whole sector is by recruiting and training more new entrants. It is imperative that we make moves to iron out the flaws in the apprentice levy, given that more than two-thirds of small and medium-sized firms (SMEs) in construction are facing difficulties hiring bricklayers. This has increased by nearly 10% in just three months which demonstrates the swift worsening of an already dismal situation. What’s more, with the UK set to leave the EU in just over a year’s time, and our access to EU workers in doubt, the next few years will bring extraordinary challenges to the construction industry. It’s only through close collaboration between the Government and the construction sector that we will be able to overcome issues such as the skills crisis.”


Breedon Group plc Annual Results 2017 BREEDON GROUP, the UK’s leading independent construction materials group, announces its audited annual results for the year ended 31 December 2017. 2017 2016 Change Revenue £652.4 million £454.7 million +43% Underlying EBIT† £80.4 million £59.6 million +35% Profit before taxation £71.2 million £46.8 million +52% Underlying basic EPS† 4.14 pence 3.49 pence +19% Net debt £109.8 million £159.3 million -31% † Underlying results are stated before acquisition-related expenses, redundancy and reorganisation costs, property items, amortisation of acquisition intangibles and related tax items. References to an underlying profit measure throughout this announcement are defined on this basis. • • •

16.0 million tonnes of aggregates sold (2016: 11.4 million tonnes) 1.9 million tonnes of asphalt sold (2016: 1.9 million tonnes) 3.3 million cubic metres of ready-mixed concrete sold (2016: 1.9 million cubic metres)

A year of solid progress, with improved performances from all three divisions Strong organic earnings growth, supplemented by contributions from acquisitions Significant investment in mineral assets, capacity and operational improvements Two bolt-on acquisitions completed Planned acquisition of Tarmac quarry and asphalt assets announced Following full integration of 2016 Hope acquisition, growth platform strengthened, with significant scale, national reach and vertical integration Further 25 per cent reduction in Employee Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) to 1.41

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Peter Tom CBE, Executive Chairman, commented: “2017 was one of the most productive years in our history. We completed the integration of our largest-ever acquisition, concluded two bolt-on purchases and announced an important transaction with Tarmac that, subject to approval by the competition authorities, will see us streamline our ready-mixed concrete network in exchange for a substantial new reserve of minerals and a strategically valuable asphalt plant. This did not, however, distract us from our operational focus and we once again delivered a solid financial performance. “Our business is in great shape and we are well positioned to benefit from the medium-term growth in residential and infrastructure development, to which the majority of our material is supplied. “We look to 2018 and beyond with confidence and optimism.”

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Fingerprint employee drug testing now a reality for construction firms •

First fingerprint-based system to support end-to-end drug testing, from pre-employment screens and random tests to post-accident investigations New technique assists in fulfilment of workplace Health & Safety / drug usage policies

INTELLIGENT Fingerprinting is bringing new levels of convenience, hygiene and speed to employee drug testing in the construction industry with the availability of a simple, end-to-end drug testing solution based on fingerprint sweat analysis. Unlike traditional urine or saliva-based drug tests which can be invasive, time-consuming and undignified for testers and employees, the portable Intelligent Fingerprinting drug testing solution is quick and easy to deploy wherever it is needed across a construction business. It supports all forms of employee drug testing including pre-employment screening as well as random and for-cause testing, whether in the office or on construction sites. The new end-to-end system features an initial screening test that works by analysing sweat from a fingerprint to determine if an employee has recently used cocaine, opiates, amphetamines or cannabis. Sample collection takes only five seconds, with simultaneous screening results for all four drug groups provided in just eight minutes. Should an employee or contractor’s drug screen test positive - in contravention of a construction firm’s existing Health & Safety or drug misuse policy – the tester would then use Intelligent Fingerprinting’s Fingerprint Collection Kit for Laboratory Analysis to collect samples for a confirmation test. The kit for the laboratory confirmation service also includes everything required to securely send the collected samples to the testing laboratory including a tamper-evident security bag, barcodes to maintain anonymous sample identity and a postage-paid returns envelope. Intelligent Fingerprinting’s Dr Paul Yates said: “Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, construction firms have a duty to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of their staff, so an effective employee drug screening and testing service should be a critical element of any workplace drug policy. However, it’s also essential that firms and their employees are completely confident in the accuracy of their drug testing procedures, regardless of whether they’re testing urine, saliva or sweat. For this reason, a laboratory confirmation test should always be carried out following a positive screening result. With our non-invasive system – which combines the portable reader with the simple one-touch drug screening cartridge, and the unequivocal results offered with our Fingerprint Collection Kit for Laboratory Analysis – construction firms can enjoy all the benefits of fingerprint-based drug testing and be confident about the end-to-end reliability of their process.”

Fingerprint-based employee drug testing for construction firms – how it works Intelligent Fingerprinting’s end-to-end drug testing solution for construction firms features a single-use, tamper-evident drug screening cartridge that takes just five seconds to collect a sweat sample. The

Intelligent Fingerprinting portable analysis unit then reads the cartridge and provides a clear positive or negative result on-screen for cocaine, opiates, cannabis and amphetamines. Should an employee’s initial screen prove positive for any of the four drugs tested - in contravention of a construction firm’s drug policy – two further samples for confirmation are gathered using the Intelligent Fingerprinting Fingerprint Collection Kit for Laboratory Analysis. Informed written consent is obtained from the donor prior to sample collection, along with a statement of the donor’s prescription medication, if applicable. Once the confirmatory samples have been collected, the Fingerprint Collection Cartridges are sent in a tamper-evident security bag to Intelligent Fingerprinting’s partner laboratory for analysis. The laboratory provides the customer with a quantitative laboratory result in the form of a Certificate of Analysis.

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£100m UPS freight terminal given the go ahead A £100m air freight terminal has been given the go ahead by North West Leicestershire District Council.

Through the terminal, UPS will create more than 1,000 jobs. The current UPS hub occupies 86,000 sq ft, and employs 342 package handlers, screeners, clerical workers, support staff, team leaders, supervisors and a manager. They are hoping to build a sorting and delivery complex on a 28.5 acre plot on the eastern side of East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire. The airport is already UPS’s biggest air gateway in Britain, and its second biggest in Europe, behind Cologne. Over the past decade it has processed 100 million packages there, serviced by six flights every day. Documents submitted to North West Leicestershire District Council show the development will include parcel sortation and distribution, offices, meeting rooms, training rooms and conference rooms, IT comms rooms, control room, as well as vehicle and aircraft maintenance facilities The airport is already a UK hub for UPS, and provides support operations for TNT and Royal Mail, and in 2016 DHL opened a £90 million extension to its huge depot on the site. Airport Managing Director Andy Cliffe said of the application: “UPS has submitted £100 million plans for a new parcel distribution facility here. That’s a significant addition to what they already have at the airport and we take transatlantic flights for those guys and from all over Europe.”



Bloor Homes starts work on 75 home development in Uppingham CONSTRUCTION WORK has started on a new development of 75 homes in Uppingham. Bloor Homes has begun work on the first properties at The Elms, a new development being built on land off Leicester Road. The Elms will feature a mixture of two, three and fourbedroom homes and areas of open space on a 3.29 hectare site to the west of the town centre. Of the 75 homes at the development, 49 will be sold on the open market, comprising a range of three and four-bedroom properties, and 26 will be provided as affordable housing. Paul Degg, Regional Managing Director of Bloor Homes Midlands, said: “We’re delighted to have started construction work on this long-awaited and muchneeded new development in Uppingham. “As we outlined in our plans, this development will make a significant contribution to meeting the demand for both private and affordable housing in Uppingham, and following extensive consultation with local authorities and residents, we are confident that The Elms will be a positive addition to the town. “The range of homes here will cater for different types of buyers, from families looking to upsize to buyers taking their first steps onto the property ladder. “We are looking forward to seeing the development take shape and to welcoming visitors to the site in June for our showhome launch, with first completions taking place in July.” For more information about the development, visit

SDL Auctions Graham Penny raises £1.4m at Nottingham auction in March SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s auction last month at Nottingham Racecourse once again reflected the continuing popularity of the two bedroomed terraced property. This was demonstrated by the swift despatch of the first two lots of the day in an auction that raised £1.4m. First under the hammer was 471 Nottingham Road in Basford, a two bedroomed end terrace property which sold for £73,500 from a *guide price of £50,000. The second lot, 2 Brassington Court in Mansfield, also a two bedroomed end terrace property, achieved £57,000 from a guide price of £45,000. Early opportunities which also sold well included 5 Poulter Street in Langwith a three bedroomed semidetached property which sold for £71,500 from a guide price of £55,000 and13 Chatsworth Street in Sutton in Ashfield, a tenanted three bedroomed terraced house which achieved £58,500 from a guide price of £55,000. A three bedroomed apartment in the desirable area of West Bridgford completed the auction. 113 Yale House, Rivermead on Wilford Lane sold for £80,000 from a guide price of £68,000. Vejay Pal, senior valuer at SDL Auctions Graham Penny, said: “Our second auction of the year raised over £1.4m and we are now preparing for our third auction of the year.” The next SDL Auctions Graham Penny auction in Nottingham is on Thursday 3 May and anyone with properties to sell can request a free valuation by calling 0115 958 8702.

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Construction starts on 72 new Stonewater homes

STONEWATER’S Hamilton Lane development comes at a time when Leicester has the fastest rising private rents in the country and annual house price increases are the third highest in the UK, ahead of Birmingham, Manchester, Nottingham, Liverpool and Leeds.

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The second phase of Hamilton Lane, a £7 million development of 72 affordable Stonewater homes for rent and shared ownership sale, is now under way in Hamilton, on the north-eastern edge of Leicester. Part of the new Taylor Wimpey Rainbow Meadows housing development, the new community of 45 low-cost rental homes and 27 shared ownership properties, is being financed by social housing provider Stonewater. On the rental side, Stonewater is creating a mix of affordable housing to meet a wide range of accommodation needs in the community. These homes will be allocated through Charwood Borough Council and include six one- and three two-bedroom apartments and 36 two-, three- and fourbedroom family homes. Stonewater, which owns and operates over 600 homes in Leicestershire, is also aiming to help first time buyers and families looking to get a foot on the property ladder with a selection of shared ownership homes offered for sale on a part buy, part rent basis. These include 14 two-, 11 three- and two four-bedroom houses with property prices starting from around £64,000* for a 40 per cent share of a two-bedroom house. The new homes are all energyefficient and will have private back gardens and parking. The scheme will also include a multi-use games area.

Leicester – fastest rising private rents According the National Housing Federation’s Home Truths Report 2017/18 published today, while regional unemployment is below the national average, a fifth of Housing Benefit claimants are in employment – meaning rents are unaffordable for many working people. At £168,709, the average house price in Leicester is almost eight times the average annual salary (£21,918), and private sector rent (£6,408) consumes almost a third (29%) of average local earnings. The East Midlands has also seen the second biggest rise in rough sleeping in the country. “Our new Hamilton Lane development responds to a chronic shortage of affordable homes in the area, particularly two-bedroom properties which are in high demand,” says Martin Fox, Stonewater Regional Development Manager. “This much-needed scheme will benefit a wide range of people who need a leg up to find good quality housing in the community. We are also delighted to be working with Taylor Wimpey on this smart new development which is creating local employment in the area during its construction.” The Stonewater Hamilton Lane homes, due for completion in phases between July this year and December 2021, are being delivered in partnership with contractors Taylor Wimpey and Charwood Borough Council. Rob Curry, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey East Midlands, added: “Rainbow Meadows has been a great success so far, and we were delighted with the number of people who came to see our refitted show homes when they reopened in February. Affordable homes are a key part of all our developments and we are happy to be working with Stonewater to help bring new housing to the Leicester area.” Stonewater is also currently building 24 affordable homes at Hunts Lane in Desford village on the western side of Leicester.

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