Planning and Housing

Metro mayors call on PM to review criteria for allocation of housing funding

20.02.18: Four metro mayors have written an open letter to the prime minister calling for more investment in brownfield sites in their cities. Andy Burnham, mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Street, mayor of West Midlands, Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Li...

Fixing the broken housing market

19.02.18: Joe Anderson, mayor of Liverpool and leader of Liverpool City Council, discusses how the authority’s newly formed company Foundations is working to improve the state of housing in the region. It’s hardly surprising that for the...

Counties urge government to step in amid rocketing house prices

16.02.18: House prices in county areas have risen by three times the rate of those in London over the last year, prompting the County Councils Network (CCN) to call for greater powers to rural councils. The latest pricing figures show an increase of...

Councils want power to push developers on 420,000 unbuilt homes

16.02.18: Councils have warned that more than 420,000 homes in England are still waiting to be built despite planning permission already being granted. The figures have risen since last year, with 60,000 more approved homes ready to be started. ...

Manchester council starts work on 40 new affordable homes

15.02.18: Work has started on a project that will see 40 new affordable rental homes delivered in north Manchester. The homes will be built with council funding and a £1.4m grant from the Homes England Affordable Homes Programme - the first time th...

Nottingham City Council unveils largest landlord licencing scheme outside of London

14.02.18: A new licencing scheme to help improve the condition of privately rented homes in Nottingham has been given the green light by the government. The scheme is the largest outside of London and will see landlords in selected areas of the city...

Khan gives green light to 21-storey off-site constructed housing project in Croydon

14.02.18: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has approved plans for a 21-storey building in Croydon with up to 100% affordable housing. The building, which will be constructed off-site, meaning that homes and their components are built to specification in factor...

Space on brownfield land to build up to one million new homes

13.02.18: There is enough space on brownfield land to build at least a million new homes, research by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has found. The analysis of Brownfield Land Registers reveals that over two thirds of these homes could be d...

Leeds consults on plans to reduce housing targets

09.02.18: A public consultation on plans for a lower future housing target for Leeds has kickstarted today. The consultation on changes to the Core Strategy, which was adopted in 2014 and underpins all development in the city, will run for six weeks. ...

District authority to plug part of £4m cash gap with council-owned housing firm

06.02.18: A district council in Cambridgeshire has announced that it will be able to cover around 10% of its yearly budget in 2018-19 through its own housing company. South Cambridgeshire District Council set up Ermine Street Housing in 2011 and is e...

Javid urges developers to build up, not out

06.02.18: Developers should build up instead of out, Sajid Javid has announced. The housing, communities and local government secretary said: “The opportunity for new homes is not always an empty plot, or the redevelopment of a derelict site.&rdquo...

Right to Buy risks destroying itself with £3.5bn of discounts

02.02.18: Right to Buy (RTB) is in the midst of a “fire sale”, which could see the scheme become untenable if the current rate of sales continues. Councils have warned that RTB has made it difficult for them to replace housing stock becau...

Major fund announced for 133 council housing projects

01.02.18: The government has today announced the details of housing infrastructure projects which will receive more than £860m in combined funding. ‘Marginal Viability Funding’ – a section of the government’s Housing Inf...

Government must focus on affordability to fix broken housing market, says CIH

31.01.18: England will have lost 230,000 social homes by 2020, the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has predicted. In just five years, over 150,000 of the most affordable rented homes have already been lost across the country, an analysis by the inst...

Clive Betts says concerns have been ‘quickly dismissed’ in post-Grenfell review

31.01.18: Clive Betts, chair of the communities and local government committee, has again written to the chair of the independent review of building regulations and fire safety. The letter to chair Dame Judith Hackitt, comes following her response to iss...

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