Construction and development

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

Visiting a centre for rough sleepers

Boris refuses to confirm he will meet affordable housing target

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Boris Johnson has been branded ‘outrageously blasé’ after refusing to answer questions from Labour politicians on whether he will hit his affordable housing target.

Cameron Watt

Global accounts reveal a combined increase in surplus of 28.6%

23/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

Housing associations in Northern Ireland reported a 28.6% increase in their combined surplus for last year.

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HCA opens bidding for remaining £800m of grant funding

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations can bid for the remaining £800m grant available under the 2015/18 affordable homes programme from today.


NHBC: 11% drop in new public sector homes registered

23/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

The number of new homes registered in the public sector has dropped by 11% in Q2 of 2014, according to statistics released by the National House Building Council (NHBC) today.

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Lower benefit cap would 'push affordable rents out of reach'

23/10/2014 | By Pete Apps

Affordable rents would be out of reach for families on benefit in London if welfare is capped at £23,000 a year, landlords have warned.

Cameron Watt

Northern Ireland housing associations 'outperforming rest of the UK' Video

22/10/2014 | By Daniel Douglas

The Northern Ireland housing association sector is growing at more than double the rate of its counterparts in the rest of the UK, according to analysis that will be launched tomorrow.

Lords reception 2014

Best warns associations to 'promote homes, not surplus'

21/10/2014 | By Carl Brown

Lord Richard Best has warned housing associations to stress their work in building new homes rather than the size of their surplus.

Nick Abbey

Scratching the surface

20/10/2014 | By Nick Abbey

A strategy to increase the housing options for elderly people would have a positive impact on the young and old

Kathleen Kelly

Tackling poverty post Lyons

17/10/2014 | By Kathleen Kelly

The Lyons review paves the way for new homes, but Kathleen Kelly says we need more to ensure housing protects against poverty.

Chief executive, Orbit Group

After the Lyons roar

17/10/2014 | By Paul Tennant

Although calls for a strategy to fix Britain’s broken housing market are not new, the Lyons review should be a catalyst for fresh thought and action to solve the housing crisis

Jules Birch

Lyons made

16/10/2014 | By Jules Birch

The Lyons Review is the most significant report on new housing supply in years but it’s much more convincing on private sector housebuilding than social housing.

Former BBC trust chair

Reaction to the Lyons review Video

16/10/2014 | By Laurna Robertson

Today, Ed Miliband announced a swathe of new measures to increase house building in response to the Lyons Housing Review.

Neil Smith small NHBC

Improving prospects

15/10/2014 | By Neil Smith

A new report by the National House Building Council looks at the unprecendented decline in small house builders

Aman Sahota

No PRS answer

15/10/2014 | By Aman Sahota

Aman Sahota from Lewis Silkin argues that a new ‘use class’ in planning regulations is not the way to encourage institutions to invest in the private rented sector

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Taxing problems

14/10/2014 | By Jules Birch

Could we invent a worse system of taxing housing than the one we have now?

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