Social Housing news in the Midlands

Midlands specialist

Deputy news editor, Inside Housing

Pete Apps

Deputy news editor


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West Midlands associations consider using choice-based lettings for Right to Buy

11/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations in the West Midlands are considering using the region’s choice-based lettings system to help those in ineligible properties for the Right to Buy identify alternative homes.


Regional city land values outstrip house price rises

05/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Land values in regional cities are rising faster than house prices, according to Savills research published yesterday. 

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West Midlands 'selected' as Right to Buy pilot region

04/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government is understood to have chosen the West Midlands as the area for its regional Right to Buy pilot prior to calling the snap election.


Bromford hikes building target by 57% to more than 5,000

19/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Midlands housing association Bromford has hiked its housebuilding plans by 57% after revising its business strategy.

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Social housing REIT makes £11.5m purchase

18/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Civitas Social Housing has bought a portfolio of social housing stock for a total consideration of £11.5m, yielding 6.3%.

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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.

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Right to Buy extension pilot could damage supply in West Midlands, report claims

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

A West Midlands pilot of the Right to Buy for housing associations could add to stock pressures in the region, a new report warns.

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Derbyshire County Council sets up development company

17/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Derbyshire County Council has set up a new development company, it announced yesterday.


West Midlands election: Liberal Democrats plan redefinition of green belt land

14/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Liberal Democrat candidate battling to become the first West Midlands mayor has said the green belt needs to be looked at “very carefully” to help meet the region’s housing need.

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New Black Country Garden City planned for Midlands Engine

09/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The government will help fund development of a new Black Country Garden City as part of a £392m investment into its Midlands Engine scheme.


Birmingham City Council approves £183m housing spend

14/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Birmingham City Council has approved investing £183m into its housing services over the next four years.


Birmingham changes expected to remove 4,000 from housing waiting list

14/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Birmingham City Council is set to remove an estimated 4,000 households from its housing waiting list by changing its allocation policy.


New Charter and Adactus in talks over 33,000-home merger

24/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

New Charter Group has entered talks with Adactus Housing Group which would lead to the creation of a 33,000-home landlord.


Barwell lifts block on Birmingham's 15-year housing strategy

25/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has lifted a controversial block on Birmingham’s 15-year strategy for the building of tens of thousands of new homes.


Bromford rethinks development strategy

29/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

A Midlands housing association is significantly scaling up its land-led development for the first time, as it posts results showing a record surplus of £49m.


Councils set up land commission

08/09/2016 | By Heather Spurr

Councils in the West Midlands have set up a land commission to help improve the supply of land for new housing.


West Midlands associations mull joint development

31/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

A group of housing associations in the West Midlands is exploring the potential for joint development, following the launch of a new partnership.


West Midlands associations team up

22/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

West Midlands housing associations have formed a ‘partnership’ which will seek to engage with the combined authority following devolution.