Construction and development

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

Brandon Lewis

Eleven local authorities selected for self-build initiative

01/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

The 11 areas which will be handed a share of a £550,000 pot and put ‘at the forefront’ of the government’s latest self-build initiative have been named.

Boris Johnson

Boris warned against 'war with Planet Zog'

01/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

The British Property Federation (BPF) has warned Boris Johnson against scaring off foreign investment with his ‘Planet Zog’ comments at the Tory conference.

Welsh Assembly

Welsh government cuts Supporting People budget by £10m

01/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Welsh government has cut the budget for Supporting People by £10m – £6m more than expected.

Money, surplus, annual results, financial, finance, accounts

Landlords call for ability to issue tax-free savings bonds

01/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Housing associations should be allowed to issue tax-free savings bonds to fund development and increase support in local communities for housing.

Council headquarters

Islington's planning backlash at developer ‘super-profits’

01/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Islington Council plans to clamp down on ‘artificially pessimistic’ viability studies used by developers to minimise affordable housing obligations.

Mayor of London

Johnson promises 'hundreds of thousands' of homes for London

01/10/2014 | By Heather Spurr

Boris Johnson promised ‘hundreds of thousands’ of homes for London ‘without carving up the green belt’, in his speech to the Conservative Party conference yesterday.

Aerial view

Earls Court developer 'ignored house price rises'

30/09/2014 | By Pete Apps

The developer of an £8bn regeneration scheme in west London ‘ignored’ future house prices rises as it sought to persuade a council to minimise the level of affordable housing, an independent report said.


New towns - the European way

01/10/2014 | By Jon Neale

For some years, planning and economic consultancy Urbed has been organising trips for interested parties – developers, as well as local authorities – to some of the most impressive housing schemes on the continent.

Heather Spurr

Housing divides

30/09/2014 | By Heather Spurr

The question of housing seems to be dividing opinion amongst Conservatives at their annual conference, says Heather Spurr

Jules Birch

Visions and promises

29/09/2014 | By Jules Birch

As the parties hold their final conferences before the 2015 general election, housing has a high political profile. Here are five themes I’ve noticed so far.

A man wearing a mask to lessen the effect of toxic, traffic pollution.

A lot of hot air

26/09/2014 | By Paul Ciniglio

Paul Ciniglio reveals the results of research conducted by First Wessex and the Zero Carbon Hub into the installations of mechanical ventilation with heat recovery

Carl Brown

Is Labour genuinely committed to social rent?

26/09/2014 | By Carl Brown

Labour needs to explain the role it sees for genuine social housing after May

Chief executive, Habinteg Housing Association

A long-term project

26/09/2014 | By Paul Gamble

Firm commitment is required to provide much-needed accessible housing

Movers and shakers

Bringing light in dark places

24/09/2014 | By Andrew Shaw

The complex laws surrounding housing developments that impinge on a neighbour’s right to light should soon be clarified, says Andrew Shaw

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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