National Planning Policy
The government expects the new duties in the Homelessness Reduction Bill to lead to a 30% decrease in homelessness acceptances by its third year, a document seen by Inside Housing has revealed.
The government is yet to exempt certain people with a disability from the bedroom tax despite a Supreme Court ruling two months ago.
The planned introduction of a housing growth baseline for the New Homes Bonus has been slammed by district councils that believe they could lose £75m.
Sector figures are expecting key changes to the Starter Homes policy as the publication of the long-awaited Housing White Paper draws closer.
A better understanding of planning obligation data could help councils persuade communities to accept new housing, says Rob Murfin
Fifty-eight per cent of councillors have said they expect to allocate green belt land for new housing over the next five years, according to a survey.
Construction of new housing developments increased by 1.2% in November compared with the previous month, underpinned by a 5.5% growth in housing association development, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.
The Scottish Government wants to simplify the planning system to encourage greater input from citizens.
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.
A London council has admitted it has no process in place for ensuring developers provide the social housing that they promise to build.
Successful planning permissions have reached their highest level for a 12-month period in 10 years, according to the Home Builders Federation and Glenigan, a construction data provider.
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has appointed a new chief executive with a background in housing delivery within local government.
The number of granted residential planning applications has increased by 6% compared to last year, according to the latest figures.
The Scottish Government will develop a rental income guarantee scheme to kick-start delivery of private rented sector homes “at scale”, it has revealed in its draft budget for 2017/18.
Communities with a Neighbourhood Plan will be able to block housing developments even if their local council does not have an up-to-date five-year housing land supply, the housing minister has announced.
A group of Conservative MPs have tabled amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill which would protect the green belt and strengthen powers of local people to reject development.
The London Plan will not be published until 2019, the deputy mayor of housing for the Greater London Authority has revealed.
The Scottish Government has proposed increasing planning fees more than fourfold for some major applications, as part of a consultation published today.
The government has set up a working group of 20 councils to look at how to implement fixed-term tenancies, a key plank of the Housing and Planning Act.
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.
House builders have hit back at a threat by communities secretary Sajid Javid to tackle alleged landbanking.
The Scottish Government has launched a consultation into making housing associations in Scotland subject to Freedom of Information requests.
The government’s much-anticipated Housing White Paper will not be published until January, the communities secretary revealed yesterday.
A Conservative MP has vowed to fight the government’s decision to give the go-ahead to Birmingham’s development plans “by all legal means”.
The government’s £4.7bn Affordable Homes Programme could equally fund affordable housing, Rent to Buy and homeownership products, the chair of the Homes and Communities Agency revealed today.
Housing associations have the financial capacity to more than double the number of new homes they build each year within the next decade, according to a new report from property advisor Savills.
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has revealed he is heading up a Whitehall housing taskforce, as he issued a stark warning to big builders that they must improve build-out rates.
Sajid Javid warns house builders build-out rates must increase, in a hard-hitting speech to the National House Building Council annual lunch
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.
The national roll-out of Right to Buy for housing association tenants will not take place until after April 2018 at the earliest, with the sell-off of high-value council homes also delayed.
Jules Birch blogs on the good news and bad news for housing in the Autumn Statement
Savills’ Robert Grundy looks at what to expect for housing from today’s Autumn Statement
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.
The government is considering launching a radical overhaul of the Community Infrastructure Levy developer charge in next week’s Autumn Statement – aimed at “massively” simplifying the process and making it less open to negotiation.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has been “complacent” over the risk councils face through their increasing commercial activity to bring in income, a report by the Public Accounts Committee has warned.
Sajid Javid has intervened to block a controversial 225-home scheme on environmental grounds.
Meetings of the government’s Pay to Stay working group have been cancelled as several key measures in the Housing and Planning Act look set to be delayed.
It is time for the government to deliver on a cross-departmental strategy, says Terrie Alafat
The green belt should be considered for new housing, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.
The Supreme Court has ruled in favour of two bedroom tax appeals from families who argued they had suffered unlawful discrimination due to their disability.