Planning and Housing

Rural areas concern as number of barn conversions without planning rise

23.09.19: Rural areas have seen a spike in the number of barns and farm buildings being turned into homes. Over the past three years there has been an almost 230 per cent increase on these transformations happening, all without the need for planning permi...

Peterborough City Council to tackle homelessness with its own housing company

20.09.19: Peterborough City Council to ask for cabinet approval to set up their own Housing Revenue Account (HRA), enabling the council to provide hundreds of new homes over the coming decades to help solve the city's homelessness crisis. ...

Shropshire council approves funding for new homes

19.09.19: In a full council meeting earlier today (Thursday 19), Shropshire council have reached a unanimous decision to agree funding and the transfer of land for the building of new homes. The council-owned local housing company Cornovii Developmen...

North Oxford looks set for £500m development plan

18.09.19: A £500m development plan for North Oxford looks likely to get the green light from Oxford City Council officers. The proposal includes 480 new homes and offices with a 4,500-job capacity and an 18-bedroom hotel, to be located near the...

Government awards £2m to prevent illegal greenbelt development

18.09.19: Housing minister Esther McVey has announced £2m funding to “ensure the UK greenbelt remains untouched and protected” by preventing illegal greenbelt development. The funding will be shared across 37 areas of the UK, w...

West Midlands Combined Authority to deliver 4,000 new homes

17.09.19: A pioneering partnership between the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and Lovell Partnerships provides opportunity to pave the way for over 4,000 new homes. Confirmed by mayor Andy Street today (Tuesday 17 Sept), the partnership will...

Welsh government grants council £300,000 to reduce homelessness

28.08.19: Newport City Council has been given £300,000 by the Welsh Government to help address issues of repeat homelessness in the city through a ‘Housing First’ project. The scheme is designed to assist those who need si...

Enfield council submits application for 2,300 homes in London

08.08.19: As part of its next phase of the £6bn Meridian Water scheme in north London, Enfield council have submitted plans for 2,300 new homes on the site. The application is the largest ever submitted to the local authority, and has been...

Thousands of new council homes part of 2040 Wales vision

08.08.19: A development vision for Wales by 2040 has outlined more urban living, and earmarked the building of thousands of new council homes. As part of the vision, a new planning framework – the National Development Framework – is...

West Lothian Council appoints new head of housing

06.08.19: West Lothian Council have appointed Ann Marie Carr to serve as their new head of housing, customer and building services. Ms Carr has been serving in the role on an interim basis since December 2018, but is now set to take over the pos...

Kensington and Chelsea Council announce £57m for estate

26.07.19: Kensington and Chelsea Council are set to invest £57m to transform Lancaster West Estate in west London. According to a report to the council, the project will deliver “a model 21st century social housing estate”. Bui...

Brokenshire reveals new measures to stamp out ‘poor doors’ segregation

23.07.19: The government has pledged to ban “poor doors” to help end the segregation of social housing residents in mixed-housing developments in future builds. Communities secretary James Brokenshire announced the measures to “tack...

County council approves £153m link road amid climate change protests

16.07.19: Norwich county councillors have formally approved a new link road for the Norwich bypass, despite the environmental group Extinction Rebellion staging protests on the steps of the County Hall. The council’s cabinet committee backed a...

Extra £28m announced to alleviate pressures on councils through Controlling Migration Fund

15.07.19: Councils across England are set to receive a further £28m to help ease pressures on local services following increased migration, from alleviating rough sleeping and community integration to targeting rogue landlords. The funding boos...

Commission calls for transforming retail parks into communities

09.07.19: Town halls should encourage the redevelopment of retail parks and large supermarkets into communities that include homes, shops and businesses, a wide-ranging report for the government has found. The Building Better, Building Beautiful Comm...

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