Sunday, 26 October 2014

Inside Housing

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  • Call for quality standard for private rentals


    Shelter Scotland has called on the Scottish Executive to introduce a quality standard that covers private as well as social housing.The Scottish House Condition Survey has revealed that urgent disrepair is most concentrated in the private sector.The S

  • Concerns over £1bn Barking Reach


    The largest ‘high volume' public private partnership project for social housing has been unveiled with English Partnerships and Bellway Homes set to develop one of Europe's largest brownfield sites within the Thames Gateway.The £1 billion Barking Reac

  • Court backs call for judicial review


    The High Court has granted tenants in Camden the go-ahead for a judicial review next month into the way the council has handled the run up to a ballot on setting up an arm's-length management organisation.However, Mr Justice McCombe refused to grant a

  • Curran welcomes Scots' ASBOs


    Fife and North Lanarkshire councils have been the most active in Scotland in pursuing anti-social behaviour orders.A study for the Scottish Executive by the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland into the use of ASBOs has found that the two councils

  • Destiny in our hands


    Housing associations can borrow from the Dutch if they are looking for a way to ease the regulatory burden, says Mervyn Jones

  • Developers urged to invest in planning and design


    The Deputy Prime Minister has urged developers to save money on expensive ‘lawyers and planning inquiries' in favour of better planning and design.In a wide-ranging speech at a conference held by the Prince's Foundation last week, John Prescott announ

  • Elevate duo in battle over greenfield plan


    Two of the local authorities that make up the Elevate East Lancashire housing market renewal pathfinder are at loggerheads over plans to release greenfield land for housing.Burnley Council is lodging an official objection to proposals by neighbouring Pe

  • Ex-CIH chief in standards board dispute


    Former Chartered Institute of Housing chief executive Christine Laird is at the centre of a dispute at Cheltenham Council.Ms Laird, who was made managing director of the council in February 2002,is the subject of an inquiry looking into concerns raised

  • Flexing muscles


    Inappropriate accounting rules mean housing associations are failing to realise their true financial strength. But, says John Shinton, it's up to the sector to force the debate

  • Inflated house prices key to UK problems


    UK housing problems cannot be solved until the ‘unfettered mess' of rising house prices is sorted out by the government, Peter Ambrose, visiting professor in housing studies at the University of Brighton, warned this week.Rising prices were ‘an enormous

  • Off with the straightjacket, urges Jones


    Housing associations have been urged to push for greater freedom from regulation in return for writing off social housing grant.In a feature for Inside Housing's finance supplement that illustrates how Dutch housing associations won regulatory freedoms

  • On target


    Northern housing associations need to be aware of emerging issues to stay flexible and efficient, says Tansy Hepton

  • Planning gain option is not Gateway solution


    Government proposals to allow developers to pay an up-front fee to bypass long winded planning gain negotiations will not assist the regeneration of the Thames Gateway, experts have warned.The government is consulting on the idea of allowing authorities

  • Ready, willing and able?


    House builders seem to be open for criticism from all sides in the housing supply debate. If they are not hoarding land to inflate their own share prices, they are conspiring to ‘concrete over the countryside'. David Blackman takes a more sober look at ho

  • Shock of the new


    Much has been said in recent years about developing new ways to improve stock transfer funding. Nigel Minto assesses the options thrown up by the ongoing debate

  • Star rating to decide funding


    The Audit Commission wants to overhaul the inspection process for housing associations to ensure that the allocation of development cash is more closely linked to performance.Consultation on a wholesale review of inspection methodology is due to begin

  • Starting over


    David Curry is pledging a balanced approach to his new job shadowing John Prescott. He'll give praise where it's due but he won't be mincing his words when it comes to justified criticism, as Daniel Martin found out

  • Under orders


    The government is turning its target for taking families out of bed and breakfast accommodation into a ban on putting them there in the first place. Lord Rooker explains the new rules and the concessions the government has made

  • Urban flight warning over density from planning group


    The Town & Country Planning Association has warned against a ‘one size fits all' approach to housing densities.Launching the association's latest policy statement, director Gideon Amos warned that blanket high density targets across whole cities ‘would

  • U-turn on M&M allowances means less aid for the north


    Fierce lobbying by London councils has persuaded the government to make major concessions over plans to shift the balance of management and maintenance allowances in favour of the north of England.Under the original proposals, many councils – the majo

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