The new build property sector in New Zealand is growing with planning consents up 24% in July compared with a year ago, the latest data shows.
Overall there were 2,824 new dwellings consented nationally, the highest number since march 2005, according to the figures from Statistics New Zealand.
Until the guidance on permitted development rights for converting farm buildings to dwellings is sharpened, farmers will need to give their applications the best possible chance.
Jane Scott, senior planning consultant at Hobbs and Parker, offers her advice.
The conversion of farm buildings into dwellings is being hampered by confusing legislation, leaving many farmers frustrated.
Turning agricultural buildings into homes was meant to be easier with the introduction of Class MB permitted development rights (PDRs) introduced in April 2014.
Interest in small- and medium-scale solar is growing, both for farmer-owned sites and lease projects.
With the recent focus on getting some of the much larger (5MW-plus) projects up and running before a change in the way these are supported takes effect, developers have often overlooked opportunities for 1-2MW sites, says Giles Hanglin, director at Savills Energy .
The government's flagship planning policy has seen "inappropriate and unwanted" housing development spring up across England, MPs have said.
Rules allowing shops and offices to be converted without planning permission should be scrapped, the Communities and Local Government Committee urged.
It said the National Planning Policy Framework left High Streets unprotected against out-of-town store developments.
Governments across the globe are grappling with the question of how to provide affordable housing for their ever-expanding populations. In the Netherlands many believe the solution lies not on land but on water.
Cruise by any of the canals in the Dutch capital and you'll catch a glimpse of people sipping cappuccinos on their floating verandas. Amsterdam, like many Dutch cities, is criss-crossed by an impressive network of canals.
Work on an £11m bus station in Cardiff is expected to start next year as part of a development plan to revamp the city centre.
Cardiff council has opted for the Marland House and NCP car park site, which the authority owns.
The Government has confirmed details of £2bn of funding to be provided to local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) across England for infrastructure and housing development under the Local Growth Deals scheme.
England’s 39 LEPs, partnerships between local authorities and businesses, have decided on priorities for investment in their areas and have each agreed deals with the Government to receive a share of the funding towards specific projects in 2015/16.
Bicester in Oxfordshire has been chosen as the site for the coalition's second new garden city, the government has confirmed.
Up to 13,000 new homes are due to be built on the edge of the town, as part of the coalition's plans to help deal with the UK's housing shortage.
"I can confirm the government is putting its support behind Bicester," a Treasury spokesperson told the BBC.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has allowed on appeal a 550-home, mixed-use development on farmland near four Grade II-listed buildings at Ramsgate Kent, in an area without a demonstrable five year supply of deliverable housing land.
The outline application had been turned down by Thanet District Council.
Developer East Kent Opportunities and Rosefarm Estates PLC proposals also involved up to 63,000 square metres of office space and a local district centre with convenience retail and community healthcare facilities.
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