Planning and Housing

Housing now unaffordable in all council areas as prices soar to 8 times earnings

20.03.17: Housing affordability has worsened in all of the England and Wales local authority districts over the last 20 years, as the median price paid for residential property soared by 259%, a new report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has r...

Councils call on Hammond to address huge discrepancy in affordable housing

06.03.17: A lack of affordable housing is leading to councils spending £2m a day on temporary accommodation for homeless families, a report by the LGA has warned. This revelation also comes just after the Chartered Institute for Housing (CIH) publis...

LGA: New homes data positive, but still failing to meet growing housing need

24.02.17: New figures released by the government have shown that the number of new build homes has continued to rise to its highest level since 2007, but council leaders have warned that the rate of builds is failing to keep up with rising demand.   ...

Government hails ‘solid’ year of investment for social housing

20.02.17: The social housing sector has enjoyed a “solid year” of investment underpinned by strong in-year financial performance, the 2016 Global Accounts of private registered providers published by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has...

A catalyst for regional development

20.02.17: Sandra Booth, Pro-Vice Chancellor at University of Cumbria, considers the challenges and opportunities for the project management (PM) profession to deliver lasting transformational change in regional economic development and local engagement. ...

Housing paper marks policy shift to rent in bid to save ‘broken’ market

07.02.17: The government has announced plans to reduce unfairness and increase diversity in the housing market, admitting that the current system is “broken”. In its much-anticipated housing white paper, published today, the DCLG outlined...

DCLG urged to stop housing decline as 250,000 social homes could be lost

19.01.17: While housing has become more affordable for existing homeowners, it has in contrast become less affordable for first-time buyers – and social housing rents have been growing faster than earnings for over 15 years, experts have found. ...

Westminster council may send homeless families to Coventry

16.01.17: Westminster City Council has announced plans to send homeless families to live in temporary accommodation to properties as far away as the West Midlands. In a cabinet member’s report on the council’s homelessness policies, the l...

New Homes Bonus reforms ‘disproportionately’ punish district councils

13.01.17: Planned government reforms to the New Homes Bonus (NHB) will have a “disproportionate” impact on district councils, limiting both the incentive for growth and the funding to support it in smaller communities, the District Councils&rs...

PAC: Councils still need more clarity in settling Syrian refugees

13.01.17: The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned that the government faces a “significant challenge” in hitting its pledge to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK by 2020, largely echoing the National Audit Office’s report f...

Councillors lament lack of localism in planning system

11.01.17: Councillors have lamented the lack of local democracy in house planning, with a majority warning that the system leans too far in the favour of housing developers at the cost of local communities, a survey has revealed. A survey of over 1,2...

Government opens applications for £7bn affordable homes fund

06.01.17: Housing providers can now apply for a share of a £7bn fund to increase the number of affordable homes available for residents, the communities secretary Sajid Javid has announced. The fund means housing associations, local authorities...

Lessons from Germany to fix the UK’s housing crisis

06.01.17: Dr Charlotte Snelling, a researcher at IPPR, and Ed Turner, senior lecturer and head of politics and international relations at Aston University, look at the lessons the UK can learn from Germany in tackling the country’s housing crisis. ...

Plymouth provides more support to get empty homes back into use

05.01.17: Plymouth City Council has agreed a policy offering more support for empty home owners, enabling more of the city’s empty homes to be brought back into occupation. The council has agreed the Empty Homes Financial Assistance Policy, whi...

Digital transformation in social housing with smart mapping

04.01.17: Bracknell Forest Homes is applying digital mapping in new ways to improve internal processes and, in some cases, introduce completely new ways of operating. Andrew Keljarrett, its business improvement manager, outlines how the housing assoc...

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