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Funding could be cut if government not formed after NI election

23/02/2017 | By Paddy Gray

Professor Paddy Gray describes the state of play in Northern Ireland ahead of next Thursday’s Stormont election

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L&Q picked as Brent Cross South partner

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q has been selected by Argent Related and Barnet Council to deliver 132 homes at the 6,700-home Brent Cross South scheme in north west London.

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Housebuilding falls in 2016

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Completions of new build homes fell by 1% in 2016, according to the government’s official measure of new build activity.

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Government should intervene in housing market, PAC hears

23/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

An influential committee of MPs was told the government should intervene directly in housing to fix the “failure” of the land and house building market.

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Bristol Council forced to cut housing target

23/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Bristol City Council has been forced to cut its target to build 1,000 homes as it seeks to make savings in its Housing Revenue Account.

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The rise of the medium-merger

23/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

While mega-mergers have stumbled, there is growing consolidation among medium-sized associations. Pete Apps investigates

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Mergers can help increase capacity and improve services

23/02/2017

As Isos Housing Group prepares for its ‘medium-merger’, chief executive Paul Fiddaman explains why such deals have a role to play.

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Housing association development on the rise

22/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

New homes being delivered by housing associations grew in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the previous two quarters, according to the National Housing Federation (NHF).

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Will the White Paper consensus hold in the face of nimbyism?

21/02/2017 | By Jules Birch , Jules Birch

Jules Birch blogs about a big test for Gavin Barwell and the White Paper

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Blakeway among new HCA board members

21/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Four new members have been appointed to the board of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), including Boris Johnson’s former housing tsar.

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Galliford Try reports 23% profit boost

21/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

House builder Galliford Try has reported a 23% profit boost in its half-year results through to the end of December.

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Octopus joint venture disbanded with no homes built

21/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

A joint venture once billed as “potentially transformative” for the housing sector has been disbanded without a single home being built.

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Still no attempt to address housing poverty

21/02/2017

The government is taking tentative steps to address supply, but it is still not doing enough to prevent the poorest from losing out, says Peter Walters of First Wessex

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Public land sales lag well below target

20/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government has sold enough land for less than 14,000 homes, leaving it well off the pace required to meet its target to dispose of land for 160,000 homes in this parliament.

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Wakefield’s legacy shows councils can kick-start building

20/02/2017 | By Joanne Roney

Ahead of her move to head up Manchester Council, Joanne Roney explains how Wakefield Council has unlocked development capacity in recent years

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Rent increases in return for supply risks creating a two-tier system

20/02/2017 | By James Prestwich

True rent freedom – as opposed to a rent increase deal – would boost supply and potentially deliver greater fairness for tenants, says James Prestwich of the National Housing Federation

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NHF warns of 'significant risks' in deal-based rents approach

20/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned of “significant risks” to a deal-based approach for future rent settlements.

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Statistics watchdog to speak to DCLG over million homes target

20/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

The UK’s statistics watchdog will open talks with government officials to improve the clarity of numbers used to track its much-vaunted ‘million homes’ target.

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L&Q market sale and rent activity ramps up

17/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q ramped up its delivery of market sale and rent units during the nine months to 31 December 2016, as its social housing activity dropped.

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Our commercialism enables us to expand social purpose

17/02/2017

As the HCA reveals a surge in commercial activity, Susan Hickey explains why Peabody is building more homes for market sale

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Vehicle for delivery

17/02/2017

How are recent changes to procurement regulations helping landlords build more homes? John Skivington at LHC explains

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The Housing White Paper: piecing together the puzzle

17/02/2017 | By News team

The White Paper called on the sector to link up to tackle the housing crisis. But what do the participants make of it? Inside Housing’s news team joins up the pieces

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Government needs to convince sector new rent settlement will last

17/02/2017 | By Martin Hilditch

After the shock of the 2015 rent cut, ministers need to be convincing on the new settlement if associations are going to deliver, says Martin Hilditch

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Rent increases in return for delivery would be just the start

17/02/2017

The rent-setting negotiation with government is an opportunity for the sector to get around the table, says Placeshapers’ Sinéad Butters

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Haringey cabinet confirms Lendlease for £2bn regeneration

15/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone , Sophie Barnes

Haringey councillors last night voted in favour of the selection of Lendlease as the preferred bidder for the local authority’s £2bn development vehicle.

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Eight Scottish councils plan to deliver 110,000 homes

15/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

Eight councils in Scotland have joined forces to attempt to see 110,000 homes built in and around Glasgow by 2035.

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Right to Buy extension to companies could reduce affordable development

15/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

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.

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Hammersmith & Fulham among biggest house price fallers

14/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Hammersmith & Fulham was one of only a few UK local authority areas to report a decrease in house prices during December, amid a rise in house prices nationwide.

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Optimism about the White Paper following Local Plan pause

14/02/2017

Central Bedfordshire Council was criticised for pausing its Local Plan to wait for the White Paper – its director of regeneration and business Jason Longhurst suggests the wait was worthwhile

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Sovereign secures £150m European investment

13/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Sovereign, the UK’s sixth-largest housing association, has signed a £150m funding deal with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support its plans to build 4,500 new homes over the next three years.

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North Essex councils launch 40,000-home development vehicle

13/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Four Essex councils have set up a company to oversee the development of three new ‘garden communities’ in the county, with the potential to provide up to 40,000 homes.

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Clarion offers to buy back properties at Orchard Village

13/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Giant housing association Clarion has offered to buy back 58 sold properties on a troubled regeneration project in east London.

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Councils, associations and the private sector achieve more working together

13/02/2017 | By Kate Davies

Partnership working between councils, housing associations and the private sector can bring out the best elements of all three, says Kate Davies

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'A decent document': a former civil servant's view of the White Paper

10/02/2017 | By Matthew Bailes

Paradigm chief and former Department for Communities and Local Government civil servant Matthew Bailes gives his view on the White Paper

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Jeremy Corbyn's housing association problem

10/02/2017 | By Pete Apps

Is Jeremy Corbyn’s difficulty with the phrase “housing association” semantics or politics? asks Pete Apps

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White Paper should have focused on people at all stages of life

10/02/2017 | By David Cowans

OPINION: While there is a noticeable shift in improving standards in the private rental market, housing options for people at all stages of their life should have been a focus of the Housing White Paper, says David Cowans

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Brownfield land can be part of the solution in the countryside

09/02/2017 | By Boris Worrall

The White Paper ducked the issue of the green belt, but measures to boost brownfield land development can help tackle rural housing need, says Boris Worrall

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Welsh Government unveils £20m innovative homes fund

09/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The Welsh Government will invest £20m in innovative new homebuilding over the next two years, it announced today.

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Will councils rise to the White Paper challenge?

09/02/2017 | By Susan Emmett

The White Paper places an onus on councils to ensure more homes are delivered, but are they really up to the challenge? asks Susan Emmett

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The land grabbers

09/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

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