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HCA hires Barratt director to head up Accelerated Construction

29/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has appointed Barratt Partnerships’ Stephen Kinsella as its new director of Accelerated Construction.


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The South Acton Estate is getting a makeover. After years of decline, Gavriel Hollander finds how it will look in the future and what it will mean for residents


The White Paper is a step in the right direction

29/03/2017 | By Pat Ritchie

While not perfect, the Housing White Paper will help places meet local ambition and need, says Pat Ritchie

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Javid: government will use Help to Buy to police leasehold practices

28/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government will only support builders which adopt “acceptable terms” to leasehold properties with its Help to Buy Equity Loan programme.

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Full text of communities secretary Sajid Javid’s speech to the Home Builders Federation today

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Why we are considering building a cable car system

28/03/2017 | By Victor da Cunha

Housing association Curo will this week launch a consultation on the principle of building a cable car system for tenants. Victor Da Cunha explains more


Council seeks partner for 1,200-home regeneration

28/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is seeking a developer for a 1,200-home regeneration scheme.


A new era of for-profit housing providers

28/03/2017 | By Mervyn Jones

Private companies are interested in becoming housing associations to access affordable housing funding, says Savills’ Mervyn Jones

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Lambeth approves 1,300-home estate redevelopment

27/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Lambeth Borough Council has approved the redevelopment of a council estate which could pave the way for up to 1,300 homes.

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Councils urged to 'get on' with Local Plans after High Court quashes interim guidance

24/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Affordable housing thresholds set by councils while they draw up Local Plans could be dismissed after a High Court case went against a North Yorkshire authority this week.

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Clarion and Genesis named in £32m regeneration allocation

24/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government has named the local authorities and housing associations that will take a share of its £32m estates regeneration grant fund.

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Barwell: 5% of Starter Homes Land Fund invested

24/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has invested 5% of its £1.2bn Starter Homes Land Fund in 27 sites, the housing minister has revealed.


Government considers rolling affordable housing into infrastructure levy

24/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government is considering a radical shake-up of planning negotiations, by rolling affordable housing payments into a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime.

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Planning approvals for residential schemes up by 6%

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Planning departments approved 6% more residential applications than a year ago, official statistics released today show.


The future is private

23/03/2017 | By Richard Jennings

Once Scotland’s generous grant funding has run out, housing associations will have to turn to private investment, says Richard Jennings

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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.


Kingston seeks partner for 2,000-home scheme as outer London booms

22/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Kingston Council is looking for a partner to develop up to 2,000 homes at a town centre estate, in the latest scheme marking a shift in the market towards outer London boroughs.

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Newham launches affordable housing company

21/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

An east London borough has launched an affordable housing company with the acquisition of 211 planned units at the former West Ham football stadium.

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L&G announces Bath build-to-rent scheme

21/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Legal & General is set to deliver a new 171-unit build-to-rent scheme in Bath.


The value of peer reviews

21/03/2017 | By Gary Josey

Housing organisations should embrace peer assessments as they can provide important new perspectives, says Gary Josey


Mindful development is needed to address housing shortages

20/03/2017 | By Clare Norton

Small landlords are capable of developing new homes without jeopardising their core strengths, says Clare Norton


Time for us all to be bold to tackle the housing crisis

17/03/2017 | By Bjorn Howard

There has never been a better time for the sector to demonstrate the crucial role it can play in remedying Britain’s chronic housing issues, says Bjorn Howard

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Dispatches from MIPIM - day 3


Nick Johnstone reports from day three of the giant property event MIPIM in Cannes, in which social landlords are increasingly taking an interest

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We've changed to ensure smaller contractors can bid for schemes

16/03/2017 | By Nigel Wilson

A housing association consortium has changed its new framework after struggling to receive tenders for smaller schemes. Nigel Wilson of JV North explains more

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Keepmoat credit rating under review after repairs business sale

16/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

A house builder’s credit rating has been placed under review by a credit agency after it sold its regeneration business earlier this month.

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Right to Buy sales pass 50,000 since discounts raised

16/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils sold more than 3,000 homes through the Right to Buy in the final quarter of 2016, taking the total sold under large discounts to over 50,000.

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A match made in heaven? Video

16/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A new breed of ‘social impact’ investors are wooing housing associations. But shortly after one venture by private equity giant Octopus was disbanded, Nick Johnstone investigates if this really is an ideal partnership

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Scotland sees drop in affordable housing completions

15/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Affordable housing completions in Scotland have dropped by 6% in a year, according to the latest Scottish Government statistics.

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The council whisperer Video


Natalie Elphicke has gone from City lawyer to leading the charge to boost councils’ housing delivery. Gavriel Hollander finds out what makes her tick – and if she’s pleased with her progress

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Dispatches from MIPIM - day 2

15/03/2017 | Updated: 15/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Nick Johnstone reports from day two of the giant property event MIPIM in Cannes, in which social landlords are increasingly taking an interest

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Dispatches from MIPIM - day 1


Nick Johnstone reports from the giant property event MIPIM in Cannes, in which social landlords are increasingly taking an interest

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Lord Kerslake to chair council-owned company

14/03/2017 | By Tom Wall

Lord Bob Kerslake has agreed to become chair of a council’s wholly owned regeneration company.


Moody's: Clarion faces higher debt and increased volatility

14/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Clarion faces higher debt, increased cash flow volatility and lower interest covers as it steps up its exposure to market sale, a credit agency has said.

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Scottish Government announces £590m affordable housing funding

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government will make £590m available this year to increase the supply of affordable homes in Scotland.

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Bovis rejects two merger bids, but remains in talks with Galliford Try

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Bovis Homes has rejected two merger bids from major house builders Redrow and Galliford Try, but will continue talks with Galliford Try.

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Public housing construction slows, ONS figures reveal

10/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The output of public housing construction and repairs and maintenance have slowed, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.


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Clive Feeney of the SPA explains the role of procurement in Scotland’s Affordable Housing Supply Programme

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Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

10/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap.

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The quick fixes announced in the Budget are not enough

10/03/2017 | By Emma Maier

The short-term fix on social care should be followed with fundamental reform that acknowledges the role of housing, says Emma Maier


Glasgow City Council to release land for housing associations

09/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Glasgow City Council has announced it will make land available for registered social landlords to build 1,500 homes.

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The sector in stats

09/03/2017 | By Carl Brown

Inside Housing pulls out key figures from this year’s UK Housing Review

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The lack of housing measures in the Budget is good news


Abigail Davies argues the lack of new housing initiatives in the Budget is preferable to social landlords having to adapt existing plans

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THE BUDGET: The full transcript of Philip Hammond’s speech - with passages likely to be of interest to the housing sector in bold.

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Government moves grant funding forward a year to improve borrowing outlook

08/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

THE BUDGET: The government has moved £200m in housing association grants forward a year, which has helped lower its borrowing outlook from the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

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York Council enters 'strategic partnership' with HCA

08/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

City of York Council is entering into a “strategic partnership” with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which could lead to the delivery of 5,000 homes.

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Willmott named by local authority in JV

08/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Willmott Partnership Homes has been selected by the London Borough of Hounslow’s housing company to deliver 1,500 homes in a £90m joint venture.

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City Hall taskforce to consider infrastructure funding in new devolution deal

08/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

THE BUDGET: A City Hall taskforce will consider a new approach to funding infrastructure as it receives a package of further devolution measures from central government.

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Housing association wins first site released by TfL panel

07/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Notting Hill Housing and joint venture partner U+I have won the opportunity to develop 400 homes on a Transport for London-owned site in Kidbrooke.


Government needs to deliver a regional approach to housing

07/03/2017 | By Carol Matthews

The Housing White Paper has done little to provide answers for the regional challenges the sector faces, says Carol Matthews

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Recovering overpayments may be trickier following court case


A recent court case means social housing providers need to be more careful about how they go about recovering overpayments, says Theresa Mohammed of Trowers & Hamlins

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One in five new homes on sold-off public land affordable

03/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Just 20% of new homes built on recently sold public land will be affordable, according to a thinktank’s research.


16% of government funding directed to affordable housing

03/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Just 16% of the £51bn of government funding earmarked for housing through to 2021 will directly fund affordable homes, analysis by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) shows.

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The Hackney empire Video

03/03/2017 | By Tom Wall

The promise of affordable housing helped the borough’s new mayor to election success. Tom Wall finds out how Philip Glanville’s plan is being put into practice

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Providers blame construction delays for sales lag

03/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

Providers have blamed construction delays for lagging sales figures, as they slipped to almost £500m behind their forecast sales revenue for the year.

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More needs to be done to attract women to the construction industry

03/03/2017 | By Dave Sheridan

Dated perceptions of construction need to be changed to enable more women to work in the industry, says Dave Sheridan of Keepmoat


The government has some thinking to do when it comes to council housing

03/03/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

Gavin Barwell’s comments on Right to Buy are to be welcome, but the government should do more to ensure councils are doing as much as they can to provide housing, says Martin Hilditch

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What the English Housing Survey report shows

02/03/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch scrutinises the figures in the English Housing Survey, which was published this morning.

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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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Associations and councils need to reset their relationship

02/03/2017 | By Terrie Alafat

If we are to truly tackle the housing crisis, housing associations and councils will need to rediscover their shared sense of purpose, says Terrie Alafat

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Have I got newts for you Video

02/03/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

Great crested newts received surprising attention in last month’s Housing White Paper. Martin Hilditch investigates why and what happens next

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