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Amicus Horizon and Viridian merge to form Optivo

22/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Amicus Horizon and Viridian have today launched their merged 44,000-home housing association and named it Optivo.

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Association secures debt package from pension fund and Japanese bank

22/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone , Greg Pitcher

Network Homes has secured a £50m loan facility from a Japanese bank working with a UK pension fund.

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L&Q co-founder Nick Stacey dies

09/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The co-founder of L&Q, Nicolas Stacey, has today passed away at the age of 89.


Sadiq Khan intervenes in Mill Hill planning refusal


Sadiq Khan has ‘called in’ a decision by Barnet Council to refuse planning permission at a Mill Hill scheme being proposed by Barratt Homes.

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Keepmoat plans 750 offsite homes a year under new brand


Keepmoat plans to be churning out 750 modular homes per year within three years, as it launches its new offsite manufacturing brand, Ilke Homes.

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London campaigners launch £700k campaign for affordable housing

04/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Religious leaders and community campaigners plan to use £700,000 of funding to lobby for more affordable housing in London.


Hyde strikes £115m partnership with City Hall

03/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Hyde Group has been allocated £115m of grant to build 3,000 affordable homes in the Greater London Authority’s (GLA) second ‘partnership’ deal with a major housing association.

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Southwark Council and Clarion team up to build flats

03/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Clarion and Southwark Council have teamed up to deliver more than 600 homes across a range of publicly owned sites in the London borough – almost half of which will revert to local authority ownership for council housing.

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New rough sleepers in London soar by 15%

02/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The number of new rough sleepers in London is 15% higher than a year ago, the latest figures from the Combined Homeless and Information Network (CHAIN) reveal.

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Clarion submits plans for 2,800-home Merton estates redevelopment


Clarion has submitted outline plans to develop 2,800 new homes on the Eastfields Estate in Mitcham, the Ravensbury Estate in Morden and the High Path Estate in South Wimbledon.

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Javid reverses decision on Aylesbury CPO

26/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Sajid Javid has lifted his block of a planned compulsory purchase order (CPO) which was delaying a major south London estate regeneration scheme.

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Khan to invest in community-built housing 'hub'

24/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced plans to spend £250,000 setting up an advice hub for community groups looking to build homes in the capital themselves.

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Almost 9,000 affordable starts through GLA programmes in 2016/17

21/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Just under 9,000 affordable homes were started under Greater London Authority programmes in the first year of Sadiq Khan’s tenure as mayor.

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Hundreds evacuated after blaze at tower block


A flat fire in an iconic west London council tower block saw 200 tenants evacuated from their homes last night.

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GLA plans notifications regime to protect grant

11/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The Greater London Authority (GLA) is making plans to safeguard affordable housing grant following deregulation, with new powers to recover grant.

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Liz Peace confirmed Old Oak Corporation chair

10/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The former chief executive of the British Property Federation has been confirmed as chair of one of London’s largest development sites – the Old Oak and Royal Park Development Corporation (OPDC).

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Family Mosaic appoints JLL to manage first PRS scheme

10/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Family Mosaic has hired JLL as the managing agent for its first private rented sector (PRS) scheme.

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GLA provides loan funding for association's first build-to-rent scheme

07/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The Greater London Authority (GLA) has provided £20.8m of loan funding for a housing association’s first specialist build-to-rent development.

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Giant supermarket chains plot residential development

07/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Five of the UK’s largest supermarket chains are taking steps to develop thousands of homes, Inside Housing research has revealed.


London housebuilding target to rise despite failure to hit current goals

07/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

City Hall is expected to hike London’s annual housebuilding target this year amid warnings private sector completions in the capital are set to tumble.

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City Hall announces 20,000-home 'partnership' with L&Q

06/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

City Hall has announced a partnership with giant London housing association L&Q which will see 20,000 homes built in the capital.


New housebuilding in London to halve as sales fall, Savills warns

04/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Completions of new homes in London by private builders will plummet to just 18,000 by 2021 as developers adjust to lower rates of sales in the capital, Savills has warned.


MP slams Hyde for 'reneging on promises'

31/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

An MP has accused a housing association of failing on legally binding promises it made to tenants when taking on two schemes in south London.

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Peabody close to securing series of joint ventures

30/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Peabody is close to securing a series of joint venture deals at a number of key sites across London, as it enters delivery mode on its development pipeline ahead of a planned merger.

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Liz Peace named chair of Old Oak Development Corporation

30/03/2017 | By Pete Apps

The former chief executive of the British Property Federation is set to be appointed chair of the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation – one of the largest development sites in London.

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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.