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Genesis agrees £100m funding package

31st May 2016

Genesis housing association has secured £100m funding package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking ahead of its merger with Thames Valley Housing later this year. The finance from Lloyds Bank comprises £25m new funding alongside a £75m revolving credit facility which has been refinanced. Part of the G15 group, Genesis has been established for 50 years and has worked with Lloyds Bank for over a decade. The group own and manage approximately 33,000 homes across London, the Sout...

LONG READ: New horizons for housing in Tower Hamlets

31st May 2016

Out on the Ocean estate, London’s Tower Hamlets council heads for new horizons, writes Bill Tanner.  Earlier this month, the council confirmed the latest 200 home stage of redevelopment on The Ocean - once among the most deprived estates in Britain. In 2001, The Ocean was sinking. Then, Prime Minister Tony Blair chose the estate to launch a ‘New Deal’ initiative against inner city poverty of place and ambition. Some £56m was to be spent on The Ocean over the 10 yea...

Top 50 Social Landlords: Vote now!

31st May 2016

The nominations have been counted and there are now nearly 75 names competing to be crowned 24housing's Top Social Landlord. Numbers 11-50 will be judged by an expert panel due to be unveiled soon, but who makes it to the top ten is up to you! We have outlined the nominations below, with a voting platform here. Voting will close on the 17th June.  Happy voting! Phoenix Community Housing: Phoenix is proud to be London’s first resident-led and resident-owned housing association. It...

Byker transformation impresses former minister

31st May 2016

It was fifteen years ago the last time the Rt. Hon. Nick Raynsford visited the Byker Estate and a lot has changed during that time. “It’s really good to see how the Byker Estate has developed under the ownership of the Byker Community Trust (BCT)”, said the former minister for housing and planning, who was in the region as a guest speaker at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s North East Leadership Dinner event, held at Jesmond Dene House last week. Raynsford has a particular...

CHIC conference 2016

31st May 2016

Wednesday 8 June will see the start of the 6th Annual CHIC Conference and Exhibition. CHIC (the Central Housing Investment Consortium) is a group of Midlands-based affordable housing providers that work together to secure savings and efficiencies within asset management programmes. Held at Sixways Stadium, Worcester, the conference will feature seminars and workshops to address the latest developments within the housing sector. The event is free to attend for both members and non-members – all...

Pedal power in Birmingham

31st May 2016

Young people across Birmingham geared up for a cycle ride thanks to the Big Birmingham Bikes (BBB) scheme. St Basils Youth Council members enjoyed the bike ride in the city as a gesture of thanks for the support they have been provided by the Big Birmingham Bikes (BBB) scheme. St Basils, a local homelessness charity, was recently given a number of the distinctive BBB’s as part of the effort to enable more people to become active in the city. And to say thank you for those involved with the...

Opinion: The Social Value Act

31st May 2016

Cllr Neil Clarke, chairman of the District Councils’ Network (DCN) responds to the report published by Social Enterprise UK, ‘Procuring for Good’ by Social Enterprise UK: District councils deliver 86 out of 137 essential frontline local government services to nearly 22 million people across England. District councils make use of the procurement function as a means of boosting their local economy and, supporting local suppliers, outwardly acknowledging in their procurement behav...

£25m deal for North Kensington regeneration

31st May 2016

The site of Chelsea College in North Kensington is to be regenerated. The 1.25 acre Kensington and Chelsea College site on Wornington Road is to be bought by the council in a £25m deal will bring much-needed housing to the area and guarantee the future of the college on the site. The decision to buy was taken by the council’s cabinet in April and a professional team will be commissioned to explore design and planning options for new housing as well as replacement community/educational facilities. Fol...

London councils near £500m spending on temporary accommodation

27th May 2016

London councils spent nearly £500m on temporary accommodation over the past 18 months. A 24housing Freedom of Information (FoI) request has uncovered five capital councils alone put out nearly £217m. And the eye-watering sum could be even higher. 24housing takes its total from the 29 councils to respond. Four other councils - Enfield, Newham, Greenwich and Bromley - had not made figures available at the time of publication. Overall, the 29 responses reveal London Councils as spending &p...

Troubled towers on borrowed time

27th May 2016

Residents fighting for the demolition of two troubled tower blocks may soon get what they want, writes Bill Tanner. Havering Borough Council, London, has confirmed plans to take the two 12 storey blocks - each of 44 flats with a combination of 1 and 2 bedroom units - down and replace them with new build homes. The residents of Napier House and New Plymouth House, Rainham, were told of the council’s plans this week. As the last survivors of an infamous six block estate, Napier and New Plymouth...