Construction and development

An in depth look at the development of social and affordable housing, planning rules, section 106 agreements, regeneration and sustainable construction.

Labour leader

Labour announces New Homes Corporations to boost development

20/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

Ed Miliband has announced plans for new council-led corporations to boost housebuilding.

Croydon Council HQ

London council threatens landowners as it sets out 9,500-home ambition

19/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

A London borough has vowed to use compulsory purchase orders to force landowners to give up land in its drive to see 9,500 new homes built in the next five years.

Emma Reynolds MP

Differing opinions on land could stop 'cross-party consensus on tackling housing crisis'

19/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

Land has become a ‘speculative commodity’ rather than seen as something that homes can be built on, Emma Reynolds has said.


Central government urged to support councils to build new homes

19/09/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

A report published today has called for central government to support councils to build new homes ‘with greater investment’.


Government to redefine term 'Traveller'

18/09/2014 | By Emily Twinch

The government plans to tighten up planning rules to allow councils to limit the number of authorised Gypsy and Traveller sites in their areas. 


United House losses 'not a driver for merger'

18/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The new chief executive of a social housing contractor has denied that United House’s £4.5m loss was a driver for its decision to merge with Bullock Construction.


Contractor boosts turnover by £1bn following acquisition

18/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

Kier Group has announced a £1bn increase in turnover following its acquisition of May Gurney, but has also seen a small fall in profits once exceptional items are removed.

Steven Harper

A loss for village greens, a gain for landlords?

18/09/2014 | By Stephen Harper

A Supreme Court decision clarifies the rules on when land can be declared a village green, says Stephen Harper

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Stats blog: Planning approvals for social housing Video

17/09/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

What’s going on in the world of planning regarding social housing? A look at the stats reveals a collapse in social housing planning approvals in the north.

Laura Tweedy

Solutions for the housing crisis

12/09/2014 | By Laura Tweedy

Ed Miliband’s ideas to solve the housing crisis need some backing up, argues Laura Tweedy

London housing tsar

Associations can do more

12/09/2014 | By Richard Blakeway

London housing associations can do more to meet demand, says Richard Blakeway


Coming of age?

10/09/2014 | By Rebecca Rees

Landlords have had 10 years to get used to being subject to EU procurement regulations but some still don’t get they could use them to their advantage, argues Rebecca Rees

Jane Aschroft

Older care


With the growth of an older population the time is long overdue for the creation of a minister for older people, argues Jane Ashcroft

Chief executive, CIH

Brave new world for housing


A concerted and combined effort could change the face of housing in the UK, argues Grainia Long

Editor, Inside Housing

Paying our way out of a skills deficit


When the recession hit, social landlords were able to continue building while development ground to a halt elsewhere.

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