Eco-homes don't have to be 'eco-bling'

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has today warned that a lack of creativity could lead to Scandinavian-style "eco-bling" homes dominating our neighbourhoods over the next five years, as housebuilders prepare to go zero carbon in 2016.

Greg Clark signals boost for 'meanwhile uses'

Planning Minister Greg Clark today said the Government could scrap red tape in order to encourage 'meanwhile uses' of empty buildings, transforming them into new shops, business start-ups, and community projects.

Local government by-election results

This week the Conservative Party held seats in Newcastle Under Lyme, Derbyshire Dales and Wychavon and held one of the two seats it was defending in South Kesteven.

Shaking up the 'computer says no' town hall culture

Local Government Minister Grant Shapps and Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark today called on a new generation of councillors to shake up their town halls in the interests of the people they serve and help banish the 'computer says no' culture that exists in some councils.

New scheme for first-time buyers

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has today encouraged aspiring first-time buyers across the country, to come forward for new Government help to get a foot on the property ladder.

Eric Pickles welcomes new CCA website

To be elected to serve your community is a great honour and responsibility – I remember from my time as a Bradford councillor in the 80s. 

A new focus on driving sustainable development

A major change to planning policy that will get development back on track and ensure protection for the environment has been published today by Planning Minister Greg Clark.

Plans for a zero waste economy launched

Plans to help people to do the right thing by reducing waste and increase recycling at home, on the move or as part of their business have been unveiled today as the Government announced the results of its comprehensive review of waste.