Firms were queuing up to welcome the reforms of planning promised by chancellor George Osborne and his business secretary Sajid Javid last week. As development businesses, the lifeblood of housebuilders is land with planning – it’s the raw material they need to manufacture their homes (and profits). Competition for land eats away at developers’ margins, and in previous times the lack of sites on which to build was their biggest constraint.So these businesses will always press the government for greater relaxation of the planning regime, and the thrust of the reforms was clearly positive for them – particularly the move to designate automatic permission in principle for brownfield sites.But, despite the chorus of approval, it is likely that – in the short term at least – these measures will do little, if anything, to boost supply of new homes.Ask any housebuilder boss planning to expand their business and they will tell you that construction capacity is their biggest headacheIn 2015, planning–- frustrating, bureaucratic and expensive as it undoubtedly still is – is simply not the constraint on home building that it clearly was in the noughties.You can see this reflected in the so-far modest rises in the price of development land, despite output rising more than a third since its 2012 low. You can see it in the relative lack of M&A activity in the housebuilding sector, with bosses no longer seeing buying their rivals as the cheapest way to get a land bank. You can also see it in the hundreds of thousands of unimplemented planning permissions.Most of all it is visible in the delays to completions of many major schemes, and the rising construction costs for building homes. Ask any housebuilder boss planning to expand their business and they will tell you that construction capacity is their biggest headache and business risk. Help tackling that problem will be even more welcome.Joey Gardiner is deputy editor of Building magazine
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Nick Bunyard, the manager of non-league football club Frome Town, has claimed he has been made a scapegoat after being banned from all football until 2019.The Football Association (FA) has banned Bunyard after a commission found him to be guilty of placing 45 bets on his own teams between September 2014 and April 2016.The FA has imposed the ban after he admitted to the misconduct charge in relation to the FA Rule, which prohibits anyone involved in the game from betting on any football matches worldwide.An FA statement read: “Frome Town manager Nick Bunyard has been suspended from all football and football related activity until 1 July 2019 and fined £3,000 after breaching The FA’s Betting Rules. For the duration of the suspension, which is effective from 19 April 2016, he must not attend any ground at which Frome are playing on a match day at any level.“An Independent Regulatory Commission heard how Mr Bunyard admitted misconduct in relation to 97 breaches of FA Rule E8(1)(a)(i) relating to betting activity between 13 September 2014 to 9 April 2016. Of the 97 bets, 45 were placed against Paulton Rovers FC and Frome Town FC while he was manager.”Bunyard told the Wiltshire Times: “Some people might look at this and question my integrity but match-fixing wasn’t on the charge sheet. Sometimes, I bet on us to lose and sometimes, I bet us on to win. One example was a match away at Redditch United with Frome (on March 21). We had nine first-team regulars missing and they were top-of-the-league.“We were actually 1-0 up and were only robbed by the referee to allow them an equaliser, and anybody who was at the game would have seen how animated I was and how much I wanted us to win. You could say that the injuries were insider knowledge, but anybody picking up the paper that morning would have known about them too.“I was naïve and I hold my hands up for that because I deeply regret what I’ve done, but I feel like I’ve been made a scapegoat. I know so many people across non-league football that bet on matches. It’s systemic and it’s one of those things that people do to soften the blow after a game. I never profited from those bets and I just moved on.” Share Betway ends all football transfer markets June 17, 2020 Share Wycombe footballer suspended after placing 183 bets January 24, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit FA hands Daniel Sturridge four-month ban over betting breaches March 3, 2020
Algeria knocked out pre-tournament favourites Ivory Coast in a thrilling Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final.Goals from Salomon Kalou and Karim Matmour made it 1-1 until an 89th minute screamer from Kader Keita looked to have put the Elephants through.But substitute Madjid Bougherra rescued Algeria with a last-gasp header to force the contest into extra time.Hameur Bouazza then took advantage of disastrous defending to send Algeria into the semi-finals.The Elephants thought they had found an equaliser in extra-time injury time but Kolo Toure was wrongly ruled offside.For a team which had eight days to prepare, Ivory Coast looked like a spent force as the game went beyond 90 minutes. And Algeria, not given much chance prior to the game, have sent a message to the World Cup – and Fabio Capello’s England – that they are not to be underestimated.For all of Ivory Coast’s attacking prowess, it was ultimately woeful defending which proved to be their downfall.After Keita appeared to have the game won, Elephants goalkeeper Boubacar Barry looked dumbfounded as his defence stood motionless when Rangers star Bougherra rose to nod home and make it 2-2.The winning goal was much the same, this time Karim Ziani’s cross arriving for Bouazza, who plays for Championship side Blackpool.He rose above some criminally static defenders to make it 3-2 after just two minutes of extra time. Kader Ghezzal missed a simple chance to add further insult to injury in the 106th minute. It was an outcome few would have predicted as Ivory Coast took an early lead through Kalou. The Chelsea man managed to stay onside as a deflected pass landed at his feet and he slid it past Fawzi Chaouchi after just four minutes.Ivory Coast then dominated proceedings, but, aside from a decent effort from Kalou which hit the side netting, they had nothing to show for their efforts.In the 15th minute, Didier Drogba caught up with a through ball from Gervinho, ran into the area and was abruptly taken down by Rafik Halliche. A clear penalty – but the referee waved play on.Somewhat uncharacteristically, Drogba offered only muted appeals for the decision – while Algeria’s Bougherra wanted the Chelsea man booked for diving.Slowly, Algeria pulled themselves back into the game. It became a battle of two distinct styles – Algeria’s posession football versus the thrilling counter-attack of the Ivorians. In the 40th minute, it was Algeria’s approach which paid off.