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Salford mayor named Burnham's housing chief

12/05/2017 | By Mark Smulian

Salford’s Labour elected mayor, Paul Dennett, has been named as Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s portfolio holder for housing, planning and homelessness.

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Sigma targets £1bn PRS investment in five years

08/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The UK’s first real estate investment trust (REIT) dedicated to the private rented sector is targeting £1bn of deals over the next five years.


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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Your Housing Group plots major stock rationalisation

04/04/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Your Housing Group is preparing to offload around 4,000 units over the next four years, as it goes on a drive for liquidity in order to fund more building.

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Eight in 10 Mancunians feel city has affordable housing shortage

03/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing providers and politicians will today call on the new Greater Manchester mayor to prioritise affordable housing after research revealed eight in 10 residents feel the city has a shortage.

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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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Javid backs Housing First feasibility study


Sajid Javid has committed to ending rough sleeping and revealed the government is backing a major new feasibility study into using Housing First, in a win for Inside Housing’s Cathy at 50 campaign.

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Plan unveiled for 20,000 new homes in Leeds

16/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Leeds City Council has unveiled plans to build nearly 20,000 new homes on brownfield sites by 2028.


Northern housing associations launch £180m procurement framework

03/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A social housing consortium has launched a £180m contractors’ and consultants’ framework with a group of companies to build 2,000 homes between now and 2021.


Wigan Council set to scrap ALMO

15/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Wigan Council is expected to take back control of housing stock from its arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO), after a report concluded the move would save £5.5m.

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Cobalt chair: local investment priorities led to Symphony de-merger

10/02/2017 | By Tim Clark

A housing association ‘de-merged’ from one of the north’s largest housing groups over concerns its large surplus would not be invested in the local community.


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.

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Manchester sets out its own affordable housing definition

10/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Manchester City Council has set out its own definition of affordable housing which is based on an average household’s income.


Sheffield associations and councils sign housing deal

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

Social landlords and local authorities across the Sheffield City Region have signed a compact which they hope could lead to a devolution deal on housing.

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Leeds 'requires major housing boost' to avoid shortfall

22/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Leeds City Region needs a major boost in its housing supply if it is to continue its economic growth, with a 30,000 home shortfall anticipated by 2021.

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Burnham concerned over Greater Manchester green belt plans

31/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Greater Manchester mayoral hopeful Andy Burnham has hit out at the region’s plan to build on green belt land.

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Burnham: give Manchester its own welfare budget

27/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

Andy Burnham has called on the government to devolve welfare spending to Greater Manchester.

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Sir Howard Bernstein to retire next year

15/09/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Sir Howard Bernstein, the chief executive of Manchester City Council, has announced he will retire in spring next year.


Merseyside associations collaborated on grant bids

14/09/2016 | By Chloë Stothart

Housing associations in Merseyside worked jointly on bids of up to £65m for the latest grant programme and remain hopeful of receiving cash for non-ownership products.

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Kier launches joint venture model

01/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

A major developer has launched a joint venture model in a bid to form partnerships with Northern housing associations and build 1,000 homes in three years.


Sheffield City Region submits bid for own grant programme

01/09/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Sheffield City Region Combined Authority has submitted a bid for grant under a £4.7bn government scheme as part of a pitch to run its own housing programme.

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Pioneering landlord company lands £9m employment contract

25/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

An enterprising combined company set up by Greater Manchester’s housing associations has been awarded a £9.7m contract to help people back into employment.

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Burnham pledges to use £300m pot for sub-market rent

16/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

Andy Burnham has pledged to renegotiate the terms of Greater Manchester’s devolved £300m housing pot to invest cash in building affordable homes for rent.

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Falling homeownership 'wake-up call'

04/08/2016 | By Pete Apps

Figures showing plummeting homeownership rates outside London should be a “wake-up call” for the government to devolve more housing powers to the regions.


HAs plan to place staff in hospitals

03/06/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Social landlords want housing workers to be placed in every hospital in Greater Manchester under an expansion of a ground-breaking cross-sector initiative.