National Planning Policy
The chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) has hit out at a government proposal to hand supported housing funding to councils because he fears it will create geographical inequalities.
Councils could reassess plans to build affordable rented homes through housing companies after the government said the Right to Buy should apply to these homes.
L&Q’s acquisition of Gallagher Estates is a milestone in the housing association sector’s march into the land market. Nick Johnstone looks at the risk and reward
More than half of councils currently set Local Plan targets below assessed need, casting doubt on the government’s plan to tackle town halls “ducking” housing responsibility.
WHITE PAPER: The White Paper should be welcomed by rural housing providers but there is scope for the government to go further, says Sue Chalkley
WHITE PAPER: Local authorities which fail to deliver housing delivery targets set through standard measures will get “caned”, the Homes and Communities Agency chair has warned.
WHITE PAPER: The National Housing Federation has welcomed the government’s White Paper, but called for more to be done to release land for developments.
WHITE PAPER: The government will prepare new guidelines to encourage councils to use compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers to intervene in the housing market and stimulate new building.
WHITE PAPER: The government will introduce a standard method of assessing housing need for councils in a radical shake-up of Local Plans, introduced in today’s Housing White Paper.
Public support for housebuilding has nearly doubled in England since 2010, with particularly strong backing for affordable new homes, according to a research report published today.
The Communities and Local Government Committee has launched an inquiry into housing for older people.
House builders are calling for a presumption in favour of development on suitable brownfield sites as the final lobbying over content of the long-awaited Housing White Paper takes place.
L&Q’s landmark £505m acquisition of one of the country’s largest strategic land companies could result in the delivery of 5,000 new homes every year.
Labour peers will back the Homelessness Reduction Bill when it reaches the House of Lords, but will call for additional funding for councils.
The planning system has allowed soaring land values in London to reduce the amount of affordable housing delivered, research commissioned by London boroughs claims.
Southwark Council is preparing to launch a new intermediate housing list that will enable it to allocate eligible candidates to discounted market rent products.
A group of 25 house builders and land promoters have launched a judicial review against a rule change allowing councils with Neighbourhood Plans to block development.
Hyde Group has said it is considering appealing Croydon Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a scheme containing 129 affordable units in Croydon.
One of the UK’s biggest property companies is in talks with housing regulator the Homes and Communities Agency about setting up its own private registered provider.
The housing minister hopes to end local political resistance to housing developments through better design quality and the provision of upfront infrastructure.
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.