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Notting Hill buys £54m build-to-rent investment

29/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Notting Hill Housing Group has bought a 112-unit slice of a build-to-rent scheme in east London.

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Lambeth approves 1,300-home estate redevelopment

27/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Lambeth Borough Council has approved the redevelopment of a council estate which could pave the way for up to 1,300 homes.

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Clarion and Genesis named in £32m regeneration allocation

24/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government has named the local authorities and housing associations that will take a share of its £32m estates regeneration grant fund.


Government considers rolling affordable housing into infrastructure levy

24/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government is considering a radical shake-up of planning negotiations, by rolling affordable housing payments into a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime.


'There is more that unites us than divides us' – Barwell

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has urged Londoners not to give in “to fear or hate” after a terrorist attack in Westminster yesterday.


Kingston seeks partner for 2,000-home scheme as outer London booms

22/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Kingston Council is looking for a partner to develop up to 2,000 homes at a town centre estate, in the latest scheme marking a shift in the market towards outer London boroughs.


House prices drop in Aberdeen amid national rise

21/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Average house prices in Aberdeen dropped by 10.2% in the year to January 2017, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.


Berkeley blames affordable housing requirements for starts drop

17/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Berkeley Group has blamed increased obligations on affordable housing as one of the reasons behind its London starts plummeting 30%.


Lord Kerslake to chair council-owned company

14/03/2017 | By Tom Wall

Lord Bob Kerslake has agreed to become chair of a council’s wholly owned regeneration company.

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Khan overturns planning decisions

10/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

London mayor Sadiq Khan has overturned decisions on two planning applications for the first time, after a developer promised to lift affordable housing contributions.

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Met plans 1,900 homes on surplus sites

07/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Metropolitan Police has plans to deliver around 1,900 new homes on its surplus sites, it was revealed today.

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Met Police land sales stall after Khan imposes affordable target

02/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Metropolitan Police has not put a site up for sale since Sadiq Khan’s victory as London mayor, as it reworks its strategy to take account of his 50% target.


Hammersmith stock transfer plan scrapped

01/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Plans to transfer 17,000 homes in Hammersmith and Fulham into a new community-led housing association have been abandoned.

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One in four London construction workers from EU

27/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

More than one in four construction workers in London are from EU countries, a report released today by City Hall shows.


Two homelessness charities to merge

27/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Two London-based homelessness charities, Evolve Housing and Support and Grenfell Housing and Training, have agreed to merge.


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.