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Tottenham Hotspur star unveils new housing development

30th November 2015

As part of an ongoing commitment to meeting the high demand for affordable new homes in the community, Newlon Housing Trust in partnership with Tottenham Hotspur FC, completed the first high-quality affordable housing scheme in the regeneration of north Tottenham at Cannon Road. Cannon Road is providing 222 affordable new homes and education facilities for Haringey residents as part of the sport-led regeneration in Tottenham.  Built on the site of the former Cannon Rubber factory, the dev...

Empty Homes Week: Ealing Council offers grants to renovate

30th November 2015

To mark Empty Homes Week, Ealing Council is highlighting the assistance it offers to property owners who want to bring their empty homes back into use. Owners will be able to find out how they could get grants of up to £15,000 to renovate properties that have been empty for more than six months before renting them out. Eligible works could include thermal upgrading works, improvements to kitchens and bathroom, structural repair works, and electrical re-wiring. On completion, the property wou...

Opinion: The bad news in the CSR is a lot clearer than the good

30th November 2015

Only slightly later than everyone else who has had something to say about it, Rob Gershon offers his view of the Comprehensive Spending Review. New homes are always welcome, but what do we have to give up to build them and who are they really for? Although the definitive pros and cons of the Comprehensive Spending Review are yet to be worked out, some figures stand very proudly on the raft of things given and taken away that floated along the sea of statistics the Chancellor expelled during his produc...

Opinion: A Campus for the Community - Empty Homes Week

30th November 2015

By Ian Cockerill, Community Campus 87. Here at Community Campus on Teesside we wholeheartedly support Empty Homes Week because creating homes from empty property is what we do every week of the year. Our experience tells us that turning empty property into housing works in so many ways over and above just providing homes for those without one and the opportunity to highlight this is welcome. Our journey began back in 1987 when I and my fellow founding members of Campus were living amongst ...

Opinion: Why we decided to become a mutual housing association

30th November 2015

By Mike Owen, chief executive Merthyr Valleys Homes. Across the UK there are, according to HousingNet, 2076 registered housing association; of these 261 are housing co-operatives that are controlled by their tenants. There are only two housing organisations that are controlled by both their employees and their tenants… Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and Merthyr Valleys Homes. The post war consensus of councils or central government being the provider of public services has changed as the bu...

‘Pay to stay’ will discourage people from increasing earnings or finding work

30th November 2015

The government’s Pay to Stay policy will discourage people living in social housing from increasing their earnings or finding work, housing professionals fear. Pay to Stay, which was announced in the July Budget, will see social housing tenants in England with a household income of £30,000 or more (£40,000 in London) paying higher rents. In a survey of Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) members, 77% of people who responded (135 members) said the policy was very likely or likely...

Opinion: Housing associations still hold the key to tackling the housing crisis

30th November 2015

By Jonathan Hulley, partner and head of Housing and Asset Management at Clarke Willmott. The housing shortage has been making headlines for a long time and featured in every political party’s manifesto before this year’s General Election. As the housing shortage becomes more acute and first time buyers struggle to get on the housing ladder, particularly in London and the South East. In the latest Spending Review, George Osbourne announced a plan to invest £7bn into initiatives to buil...

Farron blasts government over starting RTB before Bill leaves Commons

29th November 2015

Lib Dem leader Tim Farron has blasted Greg Clark for starting the Right to Buy extension before the bill has passed through Parliament. The government has said it will launch a pilot of the Right to Buy extension with five HAs - L&Q, Soverign, Riverside, Saffron Housing & Thames Valley. They have also started paying for advertising of the scheme. But the Housing and Planning Bill, which must be made law before the extension can happen, is only at Committee Stage in the House o...

Sector upbeat on post-CSR future

27th November 2015

Housing leaders have given a bullish response to the Comprehensive Spending Review. Predictions ahead of the chancellor’s statement that the sector would face an uncertain future failed to materialise. The commitment to build more homes, backed by billions of pounds, was welcomed and met with a reaffirmation of the social purpose of housing associations. David Orr, chief executive at the National Housing Federation said: “Two years ago the housing association sector published its Am...

Opinion: Home ownership 'slips even further out of reach'

27th November 2015

Shelter’s response to the latest Land Registry statistics showing that house prices in October in England and Wales have risen by 5.6% (£9,856) in the last year and by 0.4% monthly increase since September. The average house price in England and Wales is now £186,350. Campbell Robb, Shelter’s chief executive, said: Each new rise in house prices is another blow for the millions of young people and families watching their dream of owning a home slip even further out o...