Social Housing news in the Midlands

Midlands specialist

Deputy news editor, Inside Housing

Pete Apps

Deputy news editor


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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.


Inspector's decision flags planning system concerns

28/04/2016 | By Martin Hilditch

A planning inspector’s decision to sign off a development plan despite a 38,000-home shortfall has raised concerns about localised planning and could pave the way for more green belt development.


Council scraps ALMO to save £500k

18/04/2016 | By Carl Brown

A Midlands council is set to take the management of its housing stock in-house to save at least £500,000 a year.

Decentralisation minister

Clark overturns 605-home planning decision

17/02/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Greg Clark has overturned a decision by North West Leicestershire District Council to reject a 605-home development.


Birmingham Council to spend £60m on improving stock

11/02/2016 | By Pete Apps

Birmingham Council plans to carry out a £60m programme of improvement works to its homes, despite the financial pressure exerted by the rent cut.


Birmingham Council launches partnership with associations

25/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

Housing associations have signed a joint deal with Birmingham Council to work together to address the housing challenges faced by the city.

Post box

Bromford writes to MPs on supported housing

21/01/2016 | By Pete Apps

A Midlands housing association has written to all 69 of its local MPs setting out the impact capping housing benefit would have on its supported housing schemes.

East midlands councils finalise devo offer

77,000 homes in north Midlands devolution bid

12/01/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils in the Midlands have revealed the details of housing plans in their draft devolution agreement and called on the government to “seal the deal”.

Run down homes

Viability concerns over Osborne's £2.3bn regen plan

04/01/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils in the North of England and the Midlands have raised doubts over the “financial viability” of regenerating council estates using loans under a new £2.3bn estates regeneration programme.