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Pete Apps

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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.

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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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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.


£50m for London's homeless

20/12/2016 | By Caroline Thorpe

London mayor Sadiq Khan has earmarked £50m to provide move-on accommodation for homeless people and to support women rough sleepers.

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Sadiq Khan publishes 'estates regeneration' guidelines

13/12/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

City Hall has today begun consulting on new guidelines for estates regeneration projects, which will inform planning policy and determine eligibility for grant funding.

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London Assembly calls on Sadiq to act on homelessness

07/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

The London Assembly has called on the capital’s mayor Sadiq Khan to act against a “perfect storm” of homelessness.

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London Plan to be published in 2019

07/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The London Plan will not be published until 2019, the deputy mayor of housing for the Greater London Authority has revealed.

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Associations poised for strategic partnerships with GLA

30/11/2016 | By Simon Brandon , Pete Apps , Mark Smulian

Housing associations in London are poised to enter “strategic partnerships” with City Hall, as Sadiq Khan’s overhaul of affordable housing funding was hailed as a “defining moment in housing history”.


Khan raises grant rates to £60,000 to fund low-cost rent

29/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

Sadiq Khan will fund social rent level homes in London with fixed grant rates of £60,000 per unit, in a major shake-up of affordable housing funding.

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London gets £3.15bn Affordable Homes Programme

23/11/2016 | By Pete Apps , Sophie Barnes

The government has announced £3.15bn of its Affordable Homes Programme will be given to London to deliver 90,000 homes.


G320 appoints new chair

04/11/2016 | By Carl Brown

The G320 group of small housing associations in London has appointed Clare Norton as its new chair.

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Social landlords fund research into Universal Credit

03/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A London council has commissioned independent research into the effects of Universal Credit on social housing tenants.


Peabody granted permission for 1,500 Thamesmead homes

26/10/2016 | By Carl Brown

Peabody has been given permission to build nearly 1,500 new homes under the mammoth 20,000-home Thamesmead regeneration project.

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Lewisham Council seeks partner for JV scheme

11/10/2016 | By Pete Apps

A south London borough is seeking a build-to-rent development partner for a 250-home scheme which will use a new ‘living rent’ model.  

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The regeneration game

07/10/2016 | By Pete Apps

In the febrile world of London housing politics, regeneration has become a dirty word. Labour mayor Sadiq Khan is now set to publish a ‘best practice guide’ on the topic. Pete Apps finds out more

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Khan launches rough sleeping taskforce

06/10/2016 | By Carl Brown

Sadiq Khan has announced a new taskforce aimed at tackling the rise in rough sleeping in the English capital.

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London affordable 'tariff' guidance published before year-end

06/10/2016 | By Pete Apps

New planning rules setting a ‘tariff’ for affordable housing in London will be published before the end of the year, City Hall sources have confirmed.


Khan to publish 'best practice' guide for estate regeneration

26/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

Sadiq Khan is preparing to publish a “best practice guide” to outline basic standards for estate regeneration in the capital, his deputy has revealed. 


London Living Rent confirmed as homeownership product

20/09/2016 | By Heather Spurr

City Hall has confirmed that the London Living Rent scheme will be used to enable people to buy a home.


Khan confirms end to affordable rent conversions

19/09/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Conversions of homes from social to affordable rent will end under Sadiq Khan’s new housing programme.


Khan confirms affordable tariff plan


 Sadiq Khan has confirmed City Hall is planning a tariff system for affordable housing, but has not confirmed the percentage.


Wates lands 13,900-home repairs contract

08/09/2016 | By Carl Brown

Wates Living Space Maintenance has been awarded a £24m repairs contract by London-based housing association Network Homes.


Khan's Living Rent set to become ownership product

07/09/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Sadiq Khan is planning to alter his ‘London Living Rent’ product to enable medium-income earners to buy a home at the end of their tenancy, in a concession to the government’s homeownership drive.


Khan approves 10,000-home masterplan

06/09/2016 | By Carl Brown

Sadiq Khan has approved a 10,000-home masterplan for a regeneration scheme in east London.


Barwell pledges action to tackle rough sleeping 'moral shame'

05/09/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

The housing minister has called homelessness a “moral shame” on the UK but said it can’t be tackled solely by government intervention.

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Developers and housing figures urged to sign up to diversity pledge

26/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

Sadiq Khan’s top housing team have signed up to a pledge to promote better speaker diversity at industry events.

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G15 chair on board of Khan's new housing body

23/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

The chair of the G15 and four council leaders will sit on the governance board of a new body set up by Sadiq Khan to oversee housebuilding in the capital.

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Khan paves way for scheme with 9.6% affordable housing

22/08/2016 | By Carl Brown

Sadiq Khan has paved the way for a development with an affordable housing level of just 9.6%.

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Investigation after fire rips through high-rise

22/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

A London Fire Brigade investigation is underway after a blaze ripped through five floors of a council’s high-rise block on Friday.


Khan plans 35% affordable housing policy

29/07/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Sadiq Khan is planning to require London house builders to ensure 35% of homes in all schemes are affordable.

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£175m scheme receives approval

14/07/2016 | By Carl Brown

A 600-home regeneration scheme has been granted permission by a development corporation set up by the previous mayor of London.


Social tenants 'contribute billions to London economy'

14/07/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Social housing tenants contributed £15bn to the London economy last year, doing jobs “that keep the city running”, a report has found.

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Hackney mayor named Khan planning tsar

30/06/2016 | By Pete Apps

The mayor of an east London borough has been appointed to Sadiq Khan’s top team as lead for planning and regeneration.

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City Hall moves to reassure sector after Brexit vote

30/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Sadiq Khan’s deputy mayor for housing has attempted to reassure housing associations in the light of the Brexit vote.

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Mayor to probe corporation over affordable housing concerns

23/06/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Sadiq Khan has launched a review into the organisation in charge of a 24,000-home regeneration scheme in west London over fears it is not delivering enough affordable housing.

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Khan to review Housing Zones to increase affordable housing

22/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The mayor of London has committed to a review of Housing Zones in the capital with an aim of increasing the affordable housing delivered.


Khan discusses Starter Homes deal

26/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

Sadiq Khan is willing to support Starter Homes in London in order to gain concessions on his investment programme and Right to Buy replacements.


Islington councillor named as Khan's housing tsar

24/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

An Islington councillor has been officially confirmed as Sadiq Khan’s new housing tsar.

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Nightclub row scuppers housing plans

23/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

A housing association has withdrawn an application to build 500 homes in south London after a row with a nightclub operator.

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Khan slams Johnson's development record

16/05/2016 | By Pete Apps

Sadiq Khan has slammed Boris Johnson’s record on development, claiming affordable housing delivery is at a “near standstill” in the capital.