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Deputy news editor, Inside Housing

Pete Apps

Deputy news editor


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L&Q picked as Brent Cross South partner

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q has been selected by Argent Related and Barnet Council to deliver 132 homes at the 6,700-home Brent Cross South scheme in north west London.


London home mover activity drops to 25-year low

22/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The number of home buyers in London fell to a four-year low in 2016, with home mover activity dropping to its lowest level in 25 years.

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L&Q market sale and rent activity ramps up

17/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q ramped up its delivery of market sale and rent units during the nine months to 31 December 2016, as its social housing activity dropped.

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Global Accounts: associations' sales activity soars 39%

17/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Just 10 housing associations were responsible for three-quarters of the sale activity carried out by UK landlords in 2015/16, while the total proceeds from such sales grew by 39%.

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Swan Housing outlook negative as rating upheld

15/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Standard & Poor’s (S&P) today affirmed its credit rating for an Essex housing association, with a negative outlook due to its exposure to market sale development.

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Haringey cabinet confirms Lendlease for £2bn regeneration

15/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone , Sophie Barnes

Haringey councillors last night voted in favour of the selection of Lendlease as the preferred bidder for the local authority’s £2bn development vehicle.

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Hammersmith & Fulham among biggest house price fallers

14/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Hammersmith & Fulham was one of only a few UK local authority areas to report a decrease in house prices during December, amid a rise in house prices nationwide.


Housing associations 'built half of all London homes in 2016'

03/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing associations built almost half of the new homes completed in London last year, according to a report from the National Housing Federation (NHF) published yesterday.


Affordable housing squeezed by land values, says report

30/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The planning system has allowed soaring land values in London to reduce the amount of affordable housing delivered, research commissioned by London boroughs claims.

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Southwark Council to create intermediate waiting list

27/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Southwark Council is preparing to launch a new intermediate housing list that will enable it to allocate eligible candidates to discounted market rent products.

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Hyde considers appeal for 100% affordable plan at Croydon golf course

26/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Hyde Group has said it is considering appealing Croydon Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a scheme containing 129 affordable units in Croydon.

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British Land to set up registered provider for affordable units

26/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

One of the UK’s biggest property companies is in talks with housing regulator the Homes and Communities Agency about setting up its own private registered provider.

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Clarion reports sales 30% below target

25/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Clarion Group, the UK’s largest social housing provider, has reported that its sales volumes have come in 30% lower than expected in the first three quarters of the financial year.


Cheyne Capital buys £51.8m Croydon portfolio

20/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund has purchased a 338-unit portfolio of residential properties in Croydon, thought to be worth £51.8m.


NLA: rental demand in London 'has nosedived'

19/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Central London’s rental market is “beginning to show signs of topping out”, according to National Landlords Association figures released today.

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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.


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 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.