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Councils defend record after Tory manifesto criticism

24/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Councils have defended their housebuilding record, after the Conservative Party manifesto branded them among the “worst offenders” in “failing to build sustainable and integrated communities”.

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Community housing groups call for clarity over Right to Buy

23/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Community housing groups have launched a campaign to gain assurance from politicians that community-led schemes will not be subject to the Right to Buy for housing associations.

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TCPA: majority of councils believe affordable housing need is severe

23/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The majority of councils have said there is a “severe” need for affordable housing in their area, a survey by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) has revealed.

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Two years on: which government promises have stood the test of time?

18/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Conservatives have set out their housing election pledges today, making it a good time to look back at the progress made on the last set of election pledges in 2015.


Conservative manifesto: sector bodies react

18/05/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Housing bodies and organisations have broadly welcomed the Conservative Party’s manifesto pledges on housebuilding and reducing homelessness, but called for more details on key policies.


Scottish Government pushes ahead with planning fee increase

16/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government will increase planning fees for major sites by fourfold despite a slim majority opposing the change.

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Labour sets out housing pledges at manifesto launch

16/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Labour Party’s pledge to build 100,000 “genuinely affordable” homes by the end of the next parliament will be largely made up of social rent, but will include low-cost homes to own and with higher-rent homes also being considered.

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Liberal Democrats pledge 'use it or lose it' powers in bid to boost housebuilding

15/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Liberal Democrats would give councils “use it or lose it” powers against landbanking developers in an effort to scale up housebuilding to 300,000 homes a year.


The planning system is to blame

15/05/2017 | By Martin Hill

Martin Hill of McCulloch Homes says landbanking by developers is not the reason for building delays

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Landmark Supreme Court judgement hands discretion to planners

15/05/2017 | By Mark Smulian

A landmark Supreme Court judgement last week on the meaning of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) will hand planners wide discretion over which policies they follow in places with out of date Local Plans, legal experts claim.

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Councils and developers welcome Supreme Court planning judgement

10/05/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils and developers have welcomed a landmark Supreme Court judgement that has ruled on councils’ powers to block new developments.

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White Paper gives too much green belt protection, say sector bodies

10/05/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Sector bodies have criticised the government for failing to use the Housing White Paper as a chance to step up the release of green belt land.


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Sadiq Khan has ‘called in’ a decision by Barnet Council to refuse planning permission at a Mill Hill scheme being proposed by Barratt Homes.

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Exception to the rule Video

03/05/2017 | By Emily Twinch

Councils are often accused of not doing enough with rural exception sites but, as Emily Twinch finds, Cornwall is bucking the trend

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MPs: scrap Housing Revenue Account cap where housing unaffordable

29/04/2017 | By Kate Youde

Borrowing caps on councils’ Housing Revenue Accounts (HRA) should be raised – and, in some cases, scrapped – to help boost housebuilding, MPs have recommended.

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Corbyn adds housing associations to 500,000 homes pledge

27/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

Jeremy Corbyn has added housing association homes to his pledge to deliver 500,000 affordable rented properties in the life of a parliament.


Labour: more homes built in our council areas than Tories

26/04/2017 | By Pete Apps , Nathaniel Barker

Labour has released new research showing an average of nearly 1,000 more homes have been built in councils under its control since 2010, as it seeks to make housing a battleground of its election campaign.


Scottish Government planning fee hike proposal opposed by majority

25/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A slim majority of respondents to the Scottish Government’s planning consultation have opposed a dramatic hike in planning fees.

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Local Plans should be overhauled if they fail on accessible housing, MPs say

25/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Local Plans should be changed as a “matter of urgency” if there are gaps in providing accessible housing, a cross-party committee of MPs has recommended.

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Half of voters think welfare changes have gone too far

19/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Half of voters think the government’s benefit cuts have gone too far, an Ipsos Mori poll published today has revealed.

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Election ‘will delay Local Plans’

19/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The snap general election called by the prime minister yesterday will delay Local Plans and planning decisions, a planning expert has warned.

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NHF: housing crisis should be a 'top priority' in election

18/04/2017 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has called for the housing crisis to be a “top priority” in the forthcoming general election.

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Two-thirds of councils could face centrally set housing targets

06/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Failing to set up Local Plans could expose almost two-thirds of English councils to new government measures encouraging housing delivery, a new report claims.


Scottish builders 'extremely disappointed' with proposed planning reform

06/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Builders’ trade body Homes for Scotland has said it is “extremely disappointed” with the government’s proposals for changes in planning policy.


Associations welcome Scottish planning changes

05/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced its support for a proposed increase in planning fees.

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Brownfield register rules come into force

03/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

New rules for councils on registers of underused land for new homes have come into force, housing minister Gavin Barwell confirmed today.


Lambeth Council to block office-to-resi permitted development

30/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Lambeth Council will be able to force office-to-residential conversions to go through planning, after removing automatic development rights in parts of the borough.

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Government to allow more office-to-resi waivers if councils deliver on housing

24/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will make it easier for councils to police office-to-residential conversions if they can demonstrate they are delivering on their housing targets.

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Councils urged to 'get on' with Local Plans after High Court quashes interim guidance

24/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Affordable housing thresholds set by councils while they draw up Local Plans could be dismissed after a High Court case went against a North Yorkshire authority this week.


Government considers rolling affordable housing into infrastructure levy

24/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government is considering a radical shake-up of planning negotiations, by rolling affordable housing payments into a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime.

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Planning approvals for residential schemes up by 6%

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Planning departments approved 6% more residential applications than a year ago, official statistics released today show.

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Javid will consider Housing First scheme

13/03/2017 | By Tom Wall

The government will consider a radical scheme to place rough sleepers with mental health and substance abuse problems in permanent housing before they begin receiving treatment.

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Second Scottish independence referendum risks 'uncertainty' in markets

13/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

A second independence referendum in Scotland risks “uncertainty” in the land and property markets, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Scotland has warned.

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Associations will not build supported housing without LHA cap certainty

10/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing associations will not spend government funding earmarked for supported housing schemes unless more certainty is given over the Local Housing Allowance cap.


Lower benefit cap pushing people out of private rented sector

09/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Housing benefit recipients are being pushed out of the UK private rental market, a survey of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors members has revealed.

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Government refuses to publish housing benefit cut assessment

07/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has refused to publish its equalities assessment into the removal of housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds.

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Government will not legislate for Right to Buy extension

07/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will not legislate to force councils to extend the Right to Buy to affordable homes built through their housing companies.

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Councils meet with DCLG over bespoke deals

07/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Three councils met with Department for Communities and Local Government officials to discuss bespoke deals over rent and borrowing last Thursday.

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LGA: councils spend £2m a day on temporary accommodation

06/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Councils are spending £2m a day on temporary accommodation because of a shortage of housing, analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has revealed.

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Government to make bedroom tax change five months after court judgment

01/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will change its bedroom tax regulations five months after the Supreme Court ruled the policy was discriminatory for some households with a disabled person.