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Latest BfL guide published by HBF

The latest version of the Building for Life (BfL) guide has been published, offering insight into best practice for local authorities and developers across the UK regarding how to operate following the latest planning reforms.

Developed in collaboration between the Home Builders Federation (HBF), Cabe at the Design Council and Design for Homes, the BfL 12 publication is the third release for the partners in recent years, with the latest version best suited to meet the needs of the updated National Policy Planning Framework and the Localism Act.

The document places great weight on improving quality of both construction and design, as well as putting an onus on developers to ensure any new project they undertake delivers the maximum benefits to both new and existing residents in any area.

Pam Alexander, a trustee of the Design Council, who chaired the review for the three partners said: "I hope that the new BfL 12 questions will be the basis of many constructive conversations which lead to well-designed neighbourhoods which are welcome additions to existing communities as good neighbours to have, as well as providing badly needed new homes which will be great to live in and enjoy."

Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the HBF, added that the industry is constantly looking for new ways to boost satisfaction levels for those who buy new homes across the UK and the BfL 12 guide addresses a number of issues that could get in the way of future improvements for both developers and councils.

Earlier this month, the HBF revealed the second quarter of the year witnessed a significant downturn in the number of new property approvals in the UK.

According to the organisation's data, just 24,872 new homes were approved for construction during the three months to June 2012 - a fall from both the first three months of the year (36,761) and from the same quarter in 2011 (25,171). 

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