Planning and Housing

WMCA strikes £350m government housing deal

13.03.18: The West Midlands has committed to deliver 215,000 homes by 2030-31 in a deal with the chancellor and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Philip Hammond announced the £350m deal, which will be facilitated by...

Government aims for rural housing boost with ‘creative’ new planning rules

12.03.18: The government has pledged to “be more creative” with planning policy after a new policy was revealed today giving rural planners more flexibility. Housing minister Dominic Raab launched the measures, which will allow councils t...

Yorkshire council to create more than 5,500 jobs with ‘transformative’ city centre development

12.03.18: Sheffield City Council has unveiled a huge new 'trasnformative' scheme which will see it create between 5,500 and 7,000 new jobs in the centre of the city by the end of 2019. ‘Heart of the City II’ is a further development on th...

Councils hit back at government over ‘unhelpful and misguided’ planning laws

05.03.18: A raft of new government housing and planning measures due to be announced today have come under heavy criticism from councils. It comes after Sajid Javid told The Sunday Times that he would be using new legislation to start “breathin...

Funding to speed up delivery of new homes announced

27.02.18: New funding to speed up planning decisions and deliver new homes has been announced by housing minister Dominic Raab. The funding, totalling £15.8m, is the first wave of the Planning Delivery Fund, which aims to support local authorities...

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...

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