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The planning application process could all change under a conservative government and, a website that matches recommended tradesmen to home improvers could be a valuable asset to help individuals make the most of these potential changes in legislation.

Grant Shapps, the Shadow Housing Minister, speaking at the Institute of Public Policy Research said that the Conservative Party intended to “create a nation of homebuilders”, by making changes to current planning permission legislation. The Conservatives believe that a more democratic approach to handling building developments and giving locals a say, would also be more effective than legislation and targets.

The struggle to meet building targets is clearly evident. Between 2008 and 2009, just 90,430 new houses were built which, considering the annual requirement by 2012 is expected to 240,000, is far from the mark.

Mr Shapps also laid out a carbon co-operation plan to enforce the conservative government’s dedication to making new and old houses carbon neutral. Encompassing businesses, industries and homes, the carbon co-operation plan aims to lower emissions, reduce energy bills, tackle fuel poverty and, help to protect our planet.

Home owners that need to make improvements to improve their carbon neutral standard could use as a means of finding local and recommended tradesmen. Home owners to-be hoping to get planning permission under a conservative government, if elected, would also find an asset to their building projects. helps home improvers find recommended tradesmen quickly and easily. You can choose from 24 different trades and find tradesmen such as local heating engineers, window specialists and recommended roofers.

Every month, manages over £30m in home improvement projects with more than 1,000 tradesmen signing up, making it the UK's largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen. There are more than 55,000 ratings on to date and its system ensures that tradesmen are only rated by previous customers who find them through the site. This results in one of the fairest and most robust rating systems on the web.

For further information on how to source a recommended tradesman in your area, visit

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Notes to Editors
With over £360 million in project value managed each year and 1000 new tradesmen added each month, is the UK’s largest match making service for home improvers and recommended tradesmen. offers a nationwide network of tens of thousands of rated tradesmen, spanning over 25 trades, the site’s rating system comprises more than 55,000 unbiased ratings to date and ensures that tradesmen are only rated by actual customers.

The business, which is fully independent and privately owned, was founded in 2005 by CEO Andrew Skipwith and employs 27 from its base in central London. supports Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, and is donating to Shelter every time a member rates a tradesman, so that the charity can continue its important work with people in housing need.

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