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Councils and developers welcome Supreme Court planning judgement

10/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils and developers have welcomed a landmark Supreme Court judgement that has ruled on councils’ powers to block new developments.


Sadiq Khan intervenes in Mill Hill planning refusal


Sadiq Khan has ‘called in’ a decision by Barnet Council to refuse planning permission at a Mill Hill scheme being proposed by Barratt Homes.

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Keepmoat plans 750 offsite homes a year under new brand


Keepmoat plans to be churning out 750 modular homes per year within three years, as it launches its new offsite manufacturing brand, Ilke Homes.

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London campaigners launch £700k campaign for affordable housing

04/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Religious leaders and community campaigners plan to use £700,000 of funding to lobby for more affordable housing in London.

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Javid reverses decision on Aylesbury CPO

26/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Sajid Javid has lifted his block of a planned compulsory purchase order (CPO) which was delaying a major south London estate regeneration scheme.

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Javid rejects proposals to build on green belt

21/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has rejected two developers’ appeals against planning permission decisions because they would involve “significant development” on green belt land.

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Kier forms joint venture with 11,000-home housing association

23/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Kier has announced a joint venture with an 11,000-home housing association as it reports a growth in profits in its half-year results.

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Shelter: more than half of new build homeowners report major problems

02/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

More than half of new build homeowners in England have had major problems with their homes, research by Shelter and YouGov has revealed.

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Major house builder profits up 23%

27/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

House builder Persimmon has increased its profits before tax by 23% to £782.8m.

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Housebuilding falls in 2016

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Completions of new build homes fell by 1% in 2016, according to the government’s official measure of new build activity.


Housing association development on the rise

22/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

New homes being delivered by housing associations grew in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the previous two quarters, according to the National Housing Federation (NHF).


Octopus joint venture disbanded with no homes built

21/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A joint venture once billed as “potentially transformative” for the housing sector has been disbanded without a single home being built.

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North Essex councils launch 40,000-home development vehicle

13/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Four Essex councils have set up a company to oversee the development of three new ‘garden communities’ in the county, with the potential to provide up to 40,000 homes.

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Barwell: government will stamp out 'abuse' of leaseholder system

01/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government is “determined to stamp out” the “unfair, unjust and unacceptable abuse” of the leaseholder system, Gavin Barwell said today.


Barwell: we want to end local political resistance to new housing

23/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The housing minister hopes to end local political resistance to housing developments through better design quality and the provision of upfront infrastructure.

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Supported housing demand trumps LHA cap fears

13/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Providers will build supported housing despite the uncertainty surrounding the Local Housing Allowance cap because of overwhelming demand for the specialist accommodation.

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Revealed: tenure breakdown for Affordable Homes Programme

06/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has revealed the tenure breakdown of the homes that will be funded by part of its Shared Ownership and Affordable Homes Programme.

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Newham pushes on with estate regeneration despite resident protests

05/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

An east London borough is pushing ahead with a controversial estate regeneration project despite the opposition of a neighbourhood forum.

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Bidding open for government's affordable housing programme

05/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has opened the bidding process for its beefed-up affordable housing programme, with the majority of funding still expected to deliver homeownership products.

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County council plans 600 extra care homes

21/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A county council is pushing ahead with plans to deliver 600 extra care homes as the pressures on adult social care eat into its budget.

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Social housing increases, but private sector stalls in Scotland

14/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Social housing starts and completions increased while private sector building fell in Scotland, according to the latest figures from the Scottish Government.

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Government injects £45m into 2,000 private rental homes

01/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has announced a loan of £45m from its new Home Building Fund will go towards more than 2,000 private rental homes in Leeds, Birmingham and Manchester.


Profits rise 10 times faster than supply at major builders, report finds

16/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Profits grew 10 times faster than housing completions among the top five house builders between 2010 and 2015, a new report has found.

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Birmingham City Council signs £55m Chinese deal

07/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Birmingham City Council has signed a £55m deal with Hong Kong and Chinese investors to build new flats on a brownfield site in the city.

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A new order?

28/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Birmingham City Council is planning to use compulsory purchase orders to seize undeveloped land from developers. Sophie Barnes looks at whether others could follow.


Developers question changes to planning condition rules

18/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Developers are not convinced measures to restrict pre-commencement planning conditions will speed up development, a committee of MPs heard today.


Birmingham presses ahead with radical CPO policy

18/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Birmingham City Council will push ahead with its controversial policy of seizing undeveloped land from developers, despite a call-in by opposition councillors.

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Labour MPs criticise planning condition limit plan

11/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government’s plan to limit the use of planning conditions developers must satisfy before starting construction on a site will not speed up housing development, Labour MPs said last night.

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Government reveals criteria for £3bn Home Building Fund

04/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has published details of eligibility criteria for its £3bn Home Building Fund.

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'Use it or lose it' CPO policy called in

04/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A ground-breaking council policy to seize undeveloped land from developers could be redrafted following concerns from opposition councillors.


Ministers consider rent to buy shift for Starter Homes

29/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government is considering changing its Starter Homes policy to include rent to buy homes similar to the London Living Rent product recently announced by the Greater London Authority.

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Developers warn against councils using CPOs for undeveloped land

27/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Home Builders Federation fears councils could seek to use compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) to hinder development, following Birmingham’s groundbreaking move to seize undeveloped land from developers.

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Council approves CPO plan for undeveloped land

20/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Birmingham City Council plans to use compulsory purchase orders (CPOs) to seize undeveloped land from developers in an innovative bid to free up sites for new housing.

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Most planning applications approved since recession

15/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils received and approved the highest number of planning applications since the recession in 2008, when applications dropped off sharply, according to the latest figures.

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Number of homes built in Scotland drops by 2%

13/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

There has been a 2% decrease in the number of new homes built in Scotland, according to the latest figures from the Scottish Government.


Scottish housing bodies call for slice of £100m

11/08/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing bodies have urged the Scottish government to use part of a £100m infrastructure fund to boost housebuilding.


Council seeks investment for older people housing

08/08/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Central Bedfordshire Council has published a funding prospectus to try and attract investment in housing for older people.

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Bids submitted to create 'garden villages'

05/08/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

At least 13 English councils have applied for government support to build a new settlement under the garden villages programme.

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Six in 10 councils without an adopted Local Plan

29/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Six in 10 English councils still do not have an up-to-date adopted Local Plan, just eight months before a key deadline.

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MPs launch inquiry into new sources of housing supply

26/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A group of MPs has launched an inquiry into ways of encouraging smaller builders to enter the housing development market.

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New DCLG ministers pledge to protect green belt

19/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

New ministers in the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have pledged to protect the green belt from development.

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Builders: immigration rules must protect construction workers

01/07/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Construction workers from the European Union should not face barriers to working in the UK following the Leave vote, developer representatives have warned.


Council sets up procurement process to attract small developers

27/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Birmingham City Council plans to set up a procurement process to encourage small builders to develop sites of less than 15 homes in the area.


Fall in public house building, ONS finds

10/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The number of public homes built has fallen by 20.7%, compared to a 5.8% increase in private housebuilding.


Khan's housing tsar wants 'strategic relationship' with associations

07/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

City Hall funding could be used to support housing associations’ wider long-term development goals rather than one-off payments for schemes, Sadiq Khan’s housing chief has said.

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Completions drop 3%

26/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The number of homes built in the first three months of this year decreased by 3% compared to the same period last year.


Starter Homes to eat up affordable supply

19/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A third of councils to respond to an Inside Housing survey have revealed their entire affordable housing planning requirement could be swallowed up by Starter Homes.

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Councils warn of ruling impact

17/05/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Court of Appeal’s decision to back the exemption of small sites from affordable housing requirements will undermine attempts to meet housing need, councils have warned.

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NHF calls for overhaul of site registers

20/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The National Housing Federation has called on the government to overhaul proposed brownfield registers to include all suitable sites in order to speed up housebuilding.

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Developer drops appeal against High Court ruling

12/04/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A developer has dropped its appeal against a High Court ruling which found Winchester Council broke the law by not consulting on a controversial development.

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Lords criticise Starter Homes definition

19/02/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government’s proposal to include Starter Homes within the definition of affordable housing “risks preventing the delivery of genuinely affordable housing”, a cross-party Lords select committee has said.

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CIH Housing 2015: highlights


With the Conservatives’ shock election win and issues around tightening finances setting the tone, this year’s conference has a lot of ground to cover. We take a look at some of the key themes and highlights

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Accessible apprenticeships

10/03/2015 | By Maria Brett

Apprenticeships are a popular way for social landlords to boost employment opportunities – but how easy are they to access for disabled people? On national apprenticeship week, Maria Brett meets a young, deaf apprentice

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Housing zone developer pledges homes increase

04/03/2015 | By Pete Apps

The developer of the London housing zone with the lowest percentage of affordable housing has committed to increasing it as the scheme progresses.

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PfP and Balfour Beatty sign Olympic legacy deal

02/03/2015 | By Heather Spurr

One of Britain’s largest housing associations and a giant infrastructure company have signed a deal to build 1,500 homes at the Olympic Park.

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Affordable house building falls 14%

27/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

The number of affordable and social homes registered in the last three months fell 14% in the United Kingdom compared to the same period a year ago.

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'Affordable rent' in London hits £1,000 per month on new builds

26/02/2015 | By Pete Apps

The average ‘affordable rent’ in London rose to more than £1,000 per month in 2014 for new build two-bedroom homes, exclusive analysis has shown.

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Property giants report hikes in revenue

25/02/2015 | By Emily Twinch

Contracting giant Kier has reported an 11% rise in revenue in the six months to the end of last year from the year before, in its interim results released today.

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The story of the house built in a day

19/02/2015 | By Jess McCabe

Meet the landlord building houses in its own factory. Jess McCabe finds out that homes can be built in a day

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House builder reports revenue surge of 35%

18/02/2015 | By Emily Twinch

House builder and construction giant Galliford Try has reported a year-on-year group revenue surge of 35%.

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