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G15 and City Hall reveal affordable homes boost

19/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

London’s largest housing associations have unveiled plans to accelerate their building by 50% to 60,000 new homes over the next four years, with 42,000 of them affordable.

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Impressions from Manchester

19/05/2017 | By Joanne Roney

Joanne Roney, the new chief executive of Manchester City Council, explores the housing opportunities and challenges in her new patch


A huge contrast with Tory manifestos of the past

18/05/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch scrutinises the Conservative manifesto

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Countryside grows revenue and profit

18/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

Countryside Properties ramped up its affordable housing completion rate last winter, and grew both revenue and profit.


Manifesto measures can unleash council borrowing capacity

18/05/2017 | By Terrie Alafat

We can only solve the housing crisis with councils playing a major part, says Terrie Alafat


One Housing Group details 'groundbreaking' shared ownership deal

18/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

A housing association says it would “quite possibly” seek more finance from its shared ownership stock after signing a deal with an institutional investor earlier this year.

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Survey reveals rising public concern over lack of housing

18/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

An increasing number of British people see housing as a problem, with a rising number of non-homeowners giving up on ever buying a home, new research has revealed.

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Tory social housing 'deals' plan builds on existing work with three councils

18/05/2017 | By News team

Ongoing behind-the-scenes work with three councils will form the basis of flagship Conservative plans for ‘bespoke deals’ to build social rented housing, it is understood.

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Crest Nicholson reveals 12% price rise

17/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

House builder Crest Nicholson has revealed that the selling price of its homes has risen by more than a 10th.


Barwell: Conservatives to invite council bids for extra borrowing headroom

17/05/2017 | By Pete Apps

The Conservatives will invite councils to bid for additional borrowing headroom to build new social rented homes, the housing minister has revealed.


Labour's plans represent a consensus

16/05/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

There is still a chance the Labour manifesto will have influence even if the number of seats the party wins is low, says Jules Birch


We must collaborate to support custom build

16/05/2017 | By David Cowans

The custom build sector has a vital role to play in fixing the UK’s housing market, says David Cowans of Places for People

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Conservatives' flagship CPO plans for social rent 'could face legal challenge'

16/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

Tory plans to overhaul compulsory purchase laws to boost social housing provision could be challenged in parliament and through the courts, experts have warned.

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Galliford Try acquires South East-based contractor

15/05/2017 | By Greg Pitcher

Galliford Try has acquired Southampton-based contractor and developer Drew Smith Group.


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15/05/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Despite many unanswered questions, there are things to like in the Conservatives’ surprise social housing pledge. Jules Birch explains more

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Conservatives' social rent plans: 10 unanswered questions

15/05/2017 | By Pete Apps

The big announcement about a “new generation of social rent” by the Conservatives has produced more questions than answers. Pete Apps looks at 10 issues where the sector will be seeking clarity

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Liberal Democrats pledge 'use it or lose it' powers in bid to boost housebuilding

15/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Liberal Democrats would give councils “use it or lose it” powers against landbanking developers in an effort to scale up housebuilding to 300,000 homes a year.


Conservatives pledge deals to build new social rented housing

15/05/2017 | By Pete Apps

The Conservatives have announced plans for “deals” with councils and housing associations to build “a new generation of homes for social rent”.

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The planning system is to blame

15/05/2017 | By Martin Hill

Martin Hill of McCulloch Homes says landbanking by developers is not the reason for building delays


Public housing fastest growing part of construction market

11/05/2017 | By Mark Smulian

Public housing has been the fastest growing sector of the construction market in the past year, new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown.

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L&G names Leeds as fifth location for expanding build-to-rent portfolio

11/05/2017 | By Mark Smulian

Insurance giant Legal & General (L&G) has named Leeds as the fifth location for its build-to-rent model.


A look ahead to the manifestos

11/05/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Ahead of the parties’ election manifestos, Jules Birch assesses the chance of radical housing policy being included

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White Paper gives too much green belt protection, say sector bodies

10/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Sector bodies have criticised the government for failing to use the Housing White Paper as a chance to step up the release of green belt land.


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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Regional city land values outstrip house price rises

05/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Land values in regional cities are rising faster than house prices, according to Savills research published yesterday. 


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What can landlords do to achieve the twin goals of increasing their development pipelines and investing in the local area? Russell Baldwinson at DCH explains

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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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Housing is an integral part of infrastructure

05/05/2017 | By Chan Kataria

Housing organisations have a major role to play in delivering the government’s industrial strategy, says Chan Kataria of EMH Group

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Southwark Council and Clarion team up to build flats

03/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Clarion and Southwark Council have teamed up to deliver more than 600 homes across a range of publicly owned sites in the London borough – almost half of which will revert to local authority ownership for council housing.


Sadiq’s legacy is showing signs of promise

02/05/2017 | By Olivia Harris

Olivia Harris, chief executive at Dolphin Living, reflects on Sadiq Khan’s first year as mayor and his impact on housing in the capital


MPs: scrap Housing Revenue Account cap where housing unaffordable

29/04/2017 | By Kate Youde

Borrowing caps on councils’ Housing Revenue Accounts (HRA) should be raised – and, in some cases, scrapped – to help boost housebuilding, MPs have recommended.


Holding the government to account

28/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch takes a look at the latest report from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) scrutinising the government on housebuilding


Vivid considers institutional investment following merger completion

28/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

 A new 30,000-home social landlord is considering talking with foreign investors about future investment as it scales up its development ambitions.


We see the price of everything and the value of nothing

27/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch warns against short-term thinking leading to huge costs to the taxpayer and tenants further down the line

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NHBC registrations hit 10-year peak

27/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

More homes were registered with the National House Building Council (NHBC) in the first three months of 2017 than any quarter since 2007.


Labour: more homes built in our council areas than Tories

26/04/2017 | By Pete Apps , Nathaniel Barker

Labour has released new research showing an average of nearly 1,000 more homes have been built in councils under its control since 2010, as it seeks to make housing a battleground of its election campaign.

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Welsh Government provides £150,000 for co-operative housing

26/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government has allocated nearly £150,000 of funding for co-operative housing.

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Have the Conservatives really built twice as much council housing as Labour?

26/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

ANALYSIS: The Conservatives oft-repeated claim to best Labour on council house building actually understates their dominance, but only tells a small part of the story, finds Pete Apps.

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Clarion submits plans for 2,800-home Merton estates redevelopment


Clarion has submitted outline plans to develop 2,800 new homes on the Eastfields Estate in Mitcham, the Ravensbury Estate in Morden and the High Path Estate in South Wimbledon.

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Learning from Welsh associations

26/04/2017 | By Sarah Harris

As Welsh housing figures attend Tai 2017, Sarah Harris of Community Housing Cymru highlights a number of innovations from its members which could inspire associations in other parts of the UK  

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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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Lenders need 'assurance' over modular homes, CML says

26/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Banks need “assurance” over the longevity and viability of modular homes as the government seeks to increase offsite housebuilding, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said.

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Tracy Harrison explains why the Northern Housing Consortium is calling on election candidates to back measures that support regeneration

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NHC calls for 'Northern regeneration' in election manifestos

25/04/2017 | By Carl Brown

The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) is urging general election candidates to support the regeneration of areas of market weakness.

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Local Plans should be overhauled if they fail on accessible housing, MPs say

25/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Local Plans should be changed as a “matter of urgency” if there are gaps in providing accessible housing, a cross-party committee of MPs has recommended.

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Khan to invest in community-built housing 'hub'

24/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced plans to spend £250,000 setting up an advice hub for community groups looking to build homes in the capital themselves.

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Almost 9,000 affordable starts through GLA programmes in 2016/17

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Just under 9,000 affordable homes were started under Greater London Authority programmes in the first year of Sadiq Khan’s tenure as mayor.

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Clarion plots 10,000-home sale amid growing rationalisation

21/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The UK’s largest housing association is making plans to sell up to 10,000 units over the coming years, as social landlords step up stock rationalisation amid an efficiency drive.

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New housebuilding idea falls short

20/04/2017 | By Philip Barnes

A new development model proposed by Shelter does not take into account legal, practical and planning difficulties, says Philip Barnes of house builder Barratt Developments

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Whoever wins in June, politicians will have to trust housing associations

20/04/2017 | By David Montague

In the midst of Brexit negotiations the next government will have to rely on housing associations to deliver desperately needed affordable homes, says David Montague


Election ‘will delay Local Plans’

19/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The snap general election called by the prime minister yesterday will delay Local Plans and planning decisions, a planning expert has warned.

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Countryside selected for 1,200-home joint venture with council

19/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Countryside has been selected by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to deliver 1,200 homes in Maidenhead town centre.

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Places for People named on shortlist for county council development plans

19/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Places for People has been shortlisted alongside four private companies for a groundbreaking £1bn residential development partnership with two county councils.

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Winning the election may prove easier than fixing housing

18/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

OPINION: Theresa May could win in June but she will still face a deepening housing crisis, says Jules Birch

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ELECTION 2017: what are the housing battlegrounds likely to be?


Theresa May has surprised everyone by calling a general election – so where are the differences in housing policies between the parties likely to lie?

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Lambeth picks manager for controversial estate regeneration

13/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Lambeth Council is set to appoint Mott MacDonald to manage the demolition and rebuilding of Cressingham Gardens Estate.


The trouble with leasehold

13/04/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch looks at the problems encountered by leaseholders and suggests an alternative system.

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Orbit announces 1,788 homes built in 2016/17

12/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

One of the UK’s largest developing housing associations built 1,788 new homes in the last financial year, a record for the group.

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Welsh association to embark on £7.9m regeneration project with no net stock gain

11/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

A Welsh housing association is undertaking a £7.9m regeneration project to revive a troubled Newport district which will yield no extra housing.

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Clarion in talks over strategic partnership status following L&Q deal

11/04/2017 | By Pete Apps , Nick Johnstone

The UK’s biggest housing association is in talks to enter into a strategic affordable housing partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA).

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