We must view housing as infrastructure

16/01/2017 | By David Cowans

Treating housing as national infrastructure is essential to solving the housing crisis, says David Cowans

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Housing White Paper: what should it include?


Yorkshire Building Society’s chief economist Andrew McPhillips gives his view on what the White Paper should include

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Let us build more supported housing


Isos Housing has found a way to continue building supported housing but could do more if it had certainty over funding, says its executive director Michael Farr


District councils 'to lose £75m' with New Homes Bonus reforms

13/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The planned introduction of a housing growth baseline for the New Homes Bonus has been slammed by councils that believe they could lose £75m.

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Time is running out to make LHA cap views known

13/01/2017 | By Emma Maier

The supported housing bidding figures look encouraging but now is the time for the sector to make its views on the LHA cap known, says Emma Maier

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Islington sets aside £40m for council housing

13/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Islington Council has published its 2017/18 budget, which includes £40m for the building of new council housing in the borough.


Starter Homes changes expected as White Paper draws closer

13/01/2017 | By News team

Sector figures are expecting key changes to the Starter Homes policy as the publication of the long-awaited Housing White Paper draws closer.  


White Paper opportunity

13/01/2017 | By Terrie Alafat

The Housing White Paper will reveal how committed the government really is to solving the housing crisis, says Terrie Alafat

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Full implementation dates for Housing Act policies revealed

12/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Regulations introducing Starter Homes are due to come into force in the summer, a timetable obtained by Inside Housing reveals.

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£200m Nightingale Estate regeneration approved

12/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Plans for 400 new homes in Clapton, London, have been approved by councillors at Hackney Council.

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New construction minister announced

11/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has appointed a construction minister whose brief will include infrastructure issues.

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Fifty-eight per cent of councillors expect to build on green belt

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Fifty-eight per cent of councillors have said they expect to allocate green belt land for new housing over the next five years, according to a survey.


5.5% growth in 'public housing' development

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Construction of new housing developments increased by 1.2% in November compared with the previous month, underpinned by a 5.5% growth in housing association development, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

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Funding programmes: an all you need to know guide

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone , Sophie Barnes , Luke Barratt

With the details of four government funding programmes released last week in a flurry of New Year announcements, Inside Housing’s news team presents a guide to what’s on offer, who can bid and what people think of the schemes

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Supported housing plan will not work

11/01/2017 | By Dame Clare Tickell

Using market rents to cap housing benefit without adjusting for consequences does not make sense economically, argues Dame Clare Tickell

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Sadiq Khan calls in two housing schemes

10/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has taken control of two planning applications containing a total of around 700 homes – in his first planning ‘call-in’ since being elected.

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Starter Homes are better than nothing


Sheffield Labour councillor Mazher Iqbal explains why his local authority has bid to build Starter Homes – despite concerns over their affordability

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Bovis chief executive steps down

10/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

The chief executive of house builder Bovis has stepped down following a profit warning before Christmas.

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Manchester sets out its own affordable housing definition

10/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Manchester City Council has set out its own definition of affordable housing which is based on an average household’s income.


L&Q in talks over deal to buy Gallagher

09/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q is in talks to purchase a massive strategic land portfolio for a reported £500m-plus.


Over two-thirds of builders report materials price rise

09/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Seventy per cent of UK house builders have reported a rise in materials prices due to the depreciation of the pound following the Brexit vote, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). 


Further council has no Section 106 monitoring

09/01/2017 | By Luke Barratt

A London council has admitted it has no process in place for ensuring developers provide the social housing that they promise to build.

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The year ahead

06/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Pete Apps looks ahead at the big stories and key players for 2017, while sector experts share their predictions for the year

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Starting point

06/01/2017 | By Emma Maier

Now the stage-managed announcements are over, the government must turn to the real issues of sustainable housing growth and affordability, says Emma Maier.

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Don't miss White Paper opportunity

06/01/2017 | By Geeta Nanda

The forthcoming Housing White Paper could be a watershed moment for the housing sector, argues Geeta Nanda


Housing and immigration

05/01/2017 | By Colin Wiles

Housing and immigration are linked in the minds of voters and will be prominent this year because of Brexit, says Colin Wiles

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Completions up 4% for Persimmon

05/01/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Completions were up 4% for one of the UK’s largest house builders last year, a percentage increase half the size of the previous year’s.

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Sanctuary secures largest initial grant allocation

05/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

Sanctuary Housing Association took the largest allocation in the initial round of funding for the latest grant programme, while several private builders also received large sums.

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Delay urged for council's £2bn development vehicle

05/01/2017 | By Luke Barratt

A London borough’s plan to establish a £2bn development vehicle to carry out one of the largest regeneration programmes in the UK is at risk of being put on hold.

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Shared ownership 'out of reach' for young London singles

04/01/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Most of London’s shared ownership schemes are unaffordable for young people wanting to live alone, according to research by a major consumer rights organisation.

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Government-backed pilot on infrastructure delays launched

04/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A pilot scheme to unblock infrastructure delays on housing developments has been launched today with the government’s backing.

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Supported housing funding opportunity

04/01/2017 | By Paul Smith

The government’s supported housing proposals provide an opportunity for the housing sector to become an integral part of health and care provision, argues Paul Smith

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The trouble with Starter Homes

03/01/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

The new year ‘green light’ for Starter Homes raises yet more questions about the flagship Conservative policy.

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Successful planning applications at 10-year high

03/01/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Successful planning permissions have reached their highest level for a 12-month period in 10 years, according to the Home Builders Federation and Glenigan, a construction data provider.


Garden villages named by government

03/01/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The government has announced the locations for 14 new garden villages across England.


Government announces Starter Homes partnership areas

03/01/2017 | By Pete Apps

The government has announced 30 areas where construction of the first Starter Homes will begin this year.


'Up for the challenge'

02/01/2017 | By Keith House

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Councils need to be given all the tools in the toolbox in order to build homes more quickly, says Keith House

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'Let's get stuck in'

30/12/2016 | By Alistair McIntosh

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Alistair McIntosh asks some big questions in his review of 2016

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'10 things about 2016': part two

29/12/2016 | By Jules Birch

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Jules Birch concludes his two-part review of what the year meant for housing

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'The future is in our hands'


NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: The latest in our series of New Year messages, Sinéad Butters says the sector’s future is in its own hands

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'The sector is evolving'

27/12/2016 | By Paul Tennant

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Ministers are now seeing the value of the homes housing associations build, says Paul Tennant

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'10 things about 2016': part one

23/12/2016 | By Jules Birch

NEW YEAR REFLECTIONS: Jules Birch looks back at the events of 2016 in the first of a series of end-of-year comment pieces


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Southwark bid for Aylesbury judicial review rejected

22/12/2016 | By Luke Barratt

A south London council’s bid for judicial review of the governments decision to block its attempt to remove leaseholders from an estate has been rejected.


Builders warned to stop 'unfair, unjust' leaseholder abuse

21/12/2016 | By Luke Barratt

Developers must stop their “unfair, unjust and unacceptable abuse of the leasehold system”, housing minister Gavin Barwell has said.

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Cressingham Gardens regeneration approved in High Court

21/12/2016 | By Luke Barratt

Lambeth Council’s controversial proposals to redevelop an estate near Brixton in south London were lawful, a High Court judge has ruled.


Council chief appointed to top job at HCA

21/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has appointed a new chief executive with a background in housing delivery within local government.

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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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Real opportunities

20/12/2016 | By Neil Hadden

The sector needs to be clear about where the real opportunity areas for development in London lie, says Neil Hadden

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Consortium identifies potential site for first factory

19/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The “game-changing” consortium planning to transform offsite construction in the UK has identified a town in Gloucestershire as the likely site for its first housebuilding factory.

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Barwell hails Chinese modular deal

19/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

The historic deal between a Chinese state-owned firm and a housing association to create six housebuilding factories in the UK has been hailed by the housing minister.

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Chinese firm and association strike £2.75bn factory deal

19/12/2016 | By Pete Apps

A giant Chinese construction firm has struck a historic £2.75bn joint venture with a social landlord to open six housebuilding factories in the UK, capable of producing 25,000 homes a year.

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Radical innovation

19/12/2016 | By Brian Cronin

Chief executive Brian Cronin explains more about the thinking behind Your Housing Group’s groundbreaking £2.75bn factory deal

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Inside Housing's most read news stories of 2016


2016 was another busy year of housing news. Assistant editor Carl Brown counts down Inside Housing’s most read news stories of the year in reverse order.

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Clarion appoints Keepmoat at £50m Maida Vale scheme

16/12/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

Clarion Housing Group has appointed Keepmoat to construct its £50m mixed-tenure development of 195 homes in London’s Maida Vale.


Residential planning applications rise 6% in a year

16/12/2016 | By Clare Mullooly

The number of granted residential planning applications has increased by 6% compared to last year, according to the latest figures.

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Stepping up to the plate

16/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Council companies are the newest players in the housebuilding sector. Sophie Barnes analyses the growth of this quiet, but rapidly expanding, new sector.

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NHBC: 80% of association tenants satisfied with new home

16/12/2016 | By Clare Mullooly

Eight out of 10 affordable housing residents remain satisfied with their new homes after three to four years of occupancy, but more than half experienced symptoms of poor ventilation such as dampness and condensation.

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Pictures of the year 2016


Our art editor Sonny Dhamu picks his favourite Inside Housing pictures from 2016

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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.