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 seeks US investors following merger completion

28/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A new 30,000-home social landlord is in talks with foreign investors about loans of up to £200m 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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We need investment to support Northern regeneration


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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GLA plans notifications regime to protect grant

11/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is making plans to safeguard affordable housing grant following deregulation, with new powers to recover grant.

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Liz Peace confirmed Old Oak Corporation chair

10/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The former chief executive of the British Property Federation has been confirmed as chair of one of London’s largest development sites – the Old Oak and Royal Park Development Corporation (OPDC).

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Green light for £400m Hyde and Countryside regeneration in Kent

10/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Countryside Properties and Hyde Housing have received council and regulator sign-off on a £400m regeneration project in Kent, which will provide around 1,300 new homes.

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Family Mosaic appoints JLL to manage first PRS scheme

10/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Family Mosaic has hired JLL as the managing agent for its first private rented sector (PRS) scheme.

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Modular housing factory planned for east London

10/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

A housing consortium is planning to build 3,000 homes in east London with a new modular factory.

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Our City Hall partnership is a turning point


Jerome Geoghegan explains why he thinks L&Q’s new deal with Sadiq Khan is a milestone in attempts to tackle the capital’s housing crisis

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GLA provides loan funding for association's first build-to-rent scheme

07/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has provided £20.8m of loan funding for a housing association’s first specialist build-to-rent development.

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Exclusive interview with Bill Hughes of L&G

07/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

In just five years, L&G’s residential exposure has grown from zero to £5bn. Nick Johnstone meets the man behind its march into the housing mainstream

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Giant supermarket chains plot residential development

07/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Five of the UK’s largest supermarket chains are taking steps to develop thousands of homes, Inside Housing research has revealed.

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Hyde and Barratt agree joint venture

06/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Housing association the Hyde Group has acquired land in Harrow for a 1,150-home development in a joint venture with Barratt London.

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Two-thirds of councils could face centrally set housing targets

06/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Failing to set up Local Plans could expose almost two-thirds of English councils to new government measures encouraging housing delivery, a new report claims.


Scottish builders 'extremely disappointed' with proposed planning reform

06/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Builders’ trade body Homes for Scotland has said it is “extremely disappointed” with the government’s proposals for changes in planning policy.

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City Hall announces 20,000-home 'partnership' with L&Q

06/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

City Hall has announced a partnership with giant London housing association L&Q which will see 20,000 homes built in the capital.


More freedom but more accountability

06/04/2017 | By Nick Atkin

With reduced regulation and a listening housing minister, now is the time for associations to deliver, says Nick Atkin

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Associations welcome Scottish planning changes

05/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced its support for a proposed increase in planning fees.


Inheritance tax change will have huge impact on the market

05/04/2017 | By Roger Jarman

Changes to inheritance tax this month will reinforce inequality and do nothing to encourage better use of stock, warns consultant Roger Jarman

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New housebuilding in London to halve as sales fall, Savills warns

04/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Completions of new homes in London by private builders will plummet to just 18,000 by 2021 as developers adjust to lower rates of sales in the capital, Savills has warned.

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Galliford Try secures £163m contracts

04/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

House builder Galliford Try has signed two deals worth a combined £163m, including its biggest ever contract.

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Brownfield register rules come into force

03/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

New rules for councils on registers of underused land for new homes have come into force, housing minister Gavin Barwell confirmed today.

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London association to launch PRS vehicle with 111-home scheme

03/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

A London housing association is set to launch its new private rented sector vehicle with a 111-home development due to complete later this year.

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Regions double London's build-to-rent growth

31/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

There are almost double the number of build-to-rent units under construction in the regions than there are in London, with Greater Manchester leading the boom.

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'I came into politics to help people change their lives for the better'

31/03/2017 | By Gavriel Hollander

Gavin Barwell has overseen a major shift in policy in his first nine months as housing minister. He tells Gavriel Hollander about his quiet revolution

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Sector keen to work with the pragmatic Mr Barwell

31/03/2017 | By Emma Maier

The housing minister’s approach has generated goodwill, but the hard work starts now, says Emma Maier.

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Pocket completes offsite schemes in London

30/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

An offsite housebuilding company has completed two residential buildings for first-time buyers with an affordable housing company.

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Peabody close to securing series of joint ventures

30/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Peabody is close to securing a series of joint venture deals at a number of key sites across London, as it enters delivery mode on its development pipeline ahead of a planned merger.


Lambeth Council to block office-to-resi permitted development

30/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Lambeth Council will be able to force office-to-residential conversions to go through planning, after removing automatic development rights in parts of the borough.

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Record Help to Buy equity loans in last quarter of 2016

30/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government made more than 12,000 Help to Buy equity loans in the last three months of 2016, the highest quarterly figure since the scheme was launched in 2013.

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Liz Peace named chair of Old Oak Development Corporation

30/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

The former chief executive of the British Property Federation is set to be appointed chair of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation – one of the largest development sites in London.

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ALMOs: out of the shadows Video

30/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The humble ALMO is reinventing itself. Could these unassuming organisations teach other house builders a thing or two about local development? Nathaniel Barker investigates


HCA plans to sell Accelerated Construction land in packages

30/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) plans to start selling off its land in packages to secure developers for difficult sites.

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