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L&G raises £170m for build to rent investment

07/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Legal and General has raised a further £170m from institutions for its build-to-rent fund, taking its total investment in this field to around £1bn.


'Javid is wrong, we do not landbank'

07/12/2016 | By Stewart Baseley

We are willing to demonstrate to Sajid Javid that we do not landbank, says Stewart Baseley.


Capital idea

06/12/2016 | By Steve Douglas

The London funding programme is positive – now the White Paper needs to deliver for the rest of England, says Steve Douglas


Sheffield associations and councils sign housing deal

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Social landlords and local authorities across the Sheffield City Region have signed a compact which they hope could lead to a devolution deal on housing.


Builders hit back at Javid landbank threat

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

House builders have hit back at a threat by communities secretary Sajid Javid to tackle alleged landbanking.

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Hill and Hyde launch £150m joint venture

05/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

Hyde Housing Group and house builder Hill have launched their first joint venture, for 287 homes in Brent.

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Autumn Statement: what we still don't know

02/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

After last week’s Autumn Statement, Pete Apps rounds up the unanswered questions.


Scottish landlords 'lack capacity to meet target'

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Scotland’s social landlords doubt they have the capacity to deliver the Scottish Government’s target of 50,000 new affordable homes over five years.


Welsh Government boosts grant after supply pact with sector

01/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Welsh Government has boosted housing grant funding by £30m this year, as social landlords sign a historic ‘supply pact’ to deliver 20,000 homes by 2021.

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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.


LSE: emergency housing package for young needed

01/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

An emergency package to house young working Londoners is urgently needed in the capital, according to a report from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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Regions sound concern over London allocation

30/11/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Housing association chief executives outside London have voiced concern about the diversion of resources into the capital’s affordable homes programme in last week’s Autumn Statement.

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Pidgley: we'll adjust land bids to meet 35% threshold

30/11/2016 | By Simon Brandon , Nick Johnstone , Mark Smulian

The influential chair of one of London’s biggest house builders says he will “adjust land bids” where necessary to meet Sadiq Khan’s 35% affordable housing threshold.

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Associations poised for strategic partnerships with GLA

30/11/2016 | By Simon Brandon , Pete Apps , Mark Smulian

Housing associations in London are poised to enter “strategic partnerships” with City Hall, as Sadiq Khan’s overhaul of affordable housing funding was hailed as a “defining moment in housing history”.


Affordable housebuilding recovers from slump

29/11/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Completions of affordable homes in the first half of this financial year recovered from a slump in 2015/16, but still lag well behind the peak of the year before.


Khan raises grant rates to £60,000 to fund low-cost rent

29/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

Sadiq Khan will fund social rent level homes in London with fixed grant rates of £60,000 per unit, in a major shake-up of affordable housing funding.


L&Q in £70m PRS deal

28/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

L&Q has continued its push into private rented sector development with a deal in excess of £70m to build a 178-home residential development in west London.

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Associations have capacity to double new homes – Savills

28/11/2016 | By Simon Brandon

Housing associations have the financial capacity to more than double the number of new homes they build each year within the next decade, according to a new report from property advisor Savills.

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NHF: associations deliver one-fifth more homes than government figures record

25/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations have delivered 20% more homes than official government statistics record, a National Housing Federation survey has revealed.

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Javid takes lead on cross-departmental housing taskforce

25/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has revealed he is heading up a Whitehall housing taskforce, as he issued a stark warning to big builders that they must improve build-out rates.

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Sajid Javid: building the homes we need


Sajid Javid warns house builders build-out rates must increase, in a hard-hitting speech to the National House Building Council annual lunch


Barwell lifts block on Birmingham's 15-year housing strategy

25/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has lifted a controversial block on Birmingham’s 15-year strategy for the building of tens of thousands of new homes.


Disrupt the system

25/11/2016 | By Mark Henderson

We’ve been tweaking the way we approach housing supply for too long. It’s time for a different approach, says Mark Henderson


Barwell: affordable rented homes could be prioritised over social rented

24/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations could be expected to prioritise affordable rented homes over social rented in an effort to drive up housing numbers, the housing minister has said.

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Association completions fall in latest figures

24/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

Housing association completions on new build properties are down by nearly a fifth in England, according to the latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough devolution deal signed off

24/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have given the go-ahead to a devolution deal that will include a £170m affordable housing fund.

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Associations to scale up affordable rent after flexibility announcement

24/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations will ramp up the delivery of sub-market rented housing following the government’s climb-down on grant funding restrictions.

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Devolution drive

24/11/2016 | By Mark Winterburn

If the government wants to meet its one million homes target, the current wave of devolution should just be the start, says Mark Winterburn

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Rent cut hiatus blamed for affordable housing drop

24/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

A hiatus in housing association building following the 1% rent cut announcement has been blamed for the lowest growth in affordable housing witnessed in a generation.

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A town transformed Video

24/11/2016 | By Gavriel Hollander

Following the closure of Consett’s steelworks, a housing-led regeneration changed the face of the town. Gavriel Hollander finds out if the model can be replicated

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OBR: associations will reduce housebuilding by 13,000

23/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

Measures outlined in the Autumn Statement will lead to a reduction in overall housebuilding by housing associations of 13,000, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

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Government to invest £1.7bn in public sector land

23/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

The government has today announced that it will spend £1.7bn on infrastructure on and around public land in England between now and 2021, in order to speed up housebuilding.


Reaction: infrastructure is Autumn Statement's 'hidden gem' for housing

23/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

The British Property Federation has highlighted increased spending on infrastructure as the “hidden gem” within today’s Autumn Statement, as the wider housing industry reacts to today’s announcement from chancellor Philip Hammond.


Additional £1.4bn of affordable housing cash as restrictions lifted

23/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The £1.4bn of affordable homes cash is additional to the £4.7bn previously announced, with the restrictions limiting that funding to homeownership products lifted.


Chancellor launches £2.3bn Housing Infrastructure Fund

23/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

A new £2.3bn infrastructure fund to pave the way for up to 100,000 new homes to be built in areas of high demand has been launched.

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London gets £3.15bn Affordable Homes Programme

23/11/2016 | By Pete Apps , Sophie Barnes

The government has announced £3.15bn of its Affordable Homes Programme will be given to London to deliver 90,000 homes.

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L&Q and Fairview in 800-home site acquisition

23/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q and Fairview Homes have teamed up to buy a 5.5-acre plot of land in Park Royal, north-west London in their first 50/50 joint venture together.


Thinking small

23/11/2016 | By Tom Copley

Smaller sites are better when it comes to delivering the large numbers of homes required in London, says Tom Copley


Grant for affordable rented housing to return in Autumn Statement

23/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will invest £1.4bn to deliver 40,000 new homes and relax restrictions on affordable housing funding, as part of the Autumn Statement today.

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White Paper 'expected by end of year'

22/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

The hotly anticipated Housing White Paper is not expected to be published as part of tomorrow’s Autumn Statement announcement and will instead be published by the end of the year, according to government sources.

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Leeds 'requires major housing boost' to avoid shortfall

22/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Leeds City Region needs a major boost in its housing supply if it is to continue its economic growth, with a 30,000 home shortfall anticipated by 2021.


HCA seeks bidders for £8bn development framework

21/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is looking for housing associations and builders to join a panel of developers to build up to £8bn-worth of homes in England.


Clarion Group plans £1.1bn land buying drive

21/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The UK’s largest housing association has set aside a war chest of up to £1.1bn to launch a massive land acquisition drive after it completes its merger next month.


RICS: government should expand direct commissioning

18/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has called on the government to use “direct commissioning and positive intervention” to increase the supply of affordable homes on brownfield sites.


Radical overhaul of CIL considered

18/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone , Sophie Barnes

The government is considering launching a radical overhaul of the Community Infrastructure Levy developer charge in next week’s Autumn Statement – aimed at “massively” simplifying the process and making it less open to negotiation.

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Affordable housing stock grows at lowest rate since 1992

17/11/2016 | By Chloe Stothart

England’s stock of affordable homes grew by its lowest level since 1992, new government figures show.

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Thinktank calls for £100bn National Housing Fund

17/11/2016 | By Carl Brown

A total of 750,000 extra homes could be built over the next decade via a new £100bn National Housing Fund, a thinktank has suggested.


New framework

17/11/2016 | By Jo Boaden

There is a “healthy optimism” that the north could rise to the housing challenges identified by the Commission for Housing in the North, says Jo Boaden

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Northern 'housing boards' should take control of investment

16/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

Northern areas should establish ‘housing boards’ which take control of public funding for housing supply in their areas, a commission investigating the housing crisis in the North has said.

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Barratt cuts selling prices for most expensive homes

16/11/2016 | By Carl Brown

Britain’s largest house builder has reduced selling prices on some of its most expensive homes in central London, but says the overall market is “healthy”.

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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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Redfern Review: supply will not solve ownership crisis

15/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

Increasing housing supply will not reverse plummeting homeownership levels among young people, a wide-ranging review of the housing market commissioned by Labour has found.

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Estates Regeneration Strategy to include 'centre for best practice'

15/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

The government’s forthcoming Estates Regeneration Strategy is likely to recommend the establishment of a centralised group of experts to assist with regeneration schemes.


Hitting the target?

15/11/2016 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

The government’s ‘ambition’ of a million homes may be within reach, says Jules Birch, but is it as ambitious as it seems?


Housing additions rise to almost 190,000

15/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

Government figures show just under 190,000 new homes were created in 2015/16, leaving the government narrowly off the pace for its million homes target.

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HCA consults on grant clawback from private builders

14/11/2016 | By Chloë Stothart

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is consulting on a new legal framework to create a mechanism to claw back government grant from private house builders.

Hope after the horror

11/11/2016 | By Jill Stewart

We have much to learn from how our predecessors addressed the housing crisis following the First World War, says Jill Stewart


Unprecedented challenge

11/11/2016 | By John Conway

It’s not just London that has a broken housing market, says John Conway

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DCLG announces £18m fund to speed up housebuilding

11/11/2016 | By Carl Brown

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has opened bids for an £18m fund aimed at speeding up housebuilding on large sites.

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Keeping the faith Video

11/11/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Sustainable housing was once the cornerstone of new development. But policy shifts over the past 18 months have set the clock back. Mark Smulian finds out whether social landlords have put the concept on the backburner

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