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Suffolk Housing unveils village homes ahead of rural housing week

2nd July 2015

Suffolk Housing has welcomed its latest tenants to their much-needed village homes in the run up to a national awareness week, designed to highlight the important role which affordable housing plays in maintaining the viability of rural communities. The ten-home scheme in Bertuna Close, Great Barton, has seen four flats and six houses created on land off East Barton Road. All of the properties in the £1.44m scheme have been let to local people with a connection to the village – in turn e...

Modular off-site building could be the solution to the UK’s housing crisis

2nd July 2015

Modular off-site building could be the key to solving the UK’s broken housing market, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The UK House Building: Manufacturing Affordable Quality Homes report is calling on government to provide more incentives for the off-site construction of homes. The report also recommends that the government reverse policies which discourage the construction of quality, sustainable housing and that more work should be done to diversify UK ...

WCHG marketing garden city homes in 'hotspot' Wythenshawe

1st July 2015

Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) has just launched garden city homes, its sales and marketing team for new homes for sale, shared ownership and market rent in Wythenshawe. Following the recent positive media coverage of Wythenshawe as a property hotspot, WCHG are marketing homes for shared ownership – ideal for first time buyers - and their £20m state of the art extra-care scheme, Village 135, which will provide 135 new homes for older people with 24/7 on-site care on hand t...

New joint venture announced to progress 578 new homes to Basingstoke

30th June 2015

Sentinel Housing Association and Barrett David Wilson are celebrating a new partnership to build almost 600 desperately needed homes in Basingstoke. At a time when buying a home in the borough will set you back 8.4 times the average salary, these new homes can’t come soon enough. The Basingstoke based housing association bought the redundant 25.6 acre site on Chapel Hill in 2012. Following extensive consultation with the community and local councillors, outline planning permission was awarded in 2...

Orbit plans for 8,500 new homes by 2020

29th June 2015

Orbit Homes, part of the Orbit Group, has announced plans to build almost 8,500 new homes between 2015-2020. A national survey of top housing association developers showed Orbit Homes having the second largest development programme between 2015-2020, with a planned 8,418 new homes in that period. It has already secured land for more than 4,000 of these homes. Orbit will build 5,283 homes in 2015-18 across the tenure spectrum and 3,135 homes in 2018-20, as it increases capacity to achieve 12,000 new ho...

Mayor of London announces four more housing zones to fast-track 12,000 new homes

25th June 2015

The mayor of London will today announce a further four housing zones across London, accelerating efforts to deliver the new housing that our rapidly expanding city needs and transforming large swathes of the capital at the same time. The new zones in the boroughs of Havering, Enfield, Redbridge and Tower Hamlets will together deliver over 12,000 new homes, nearly 3,500 of which will be ‘affordable’ housing. This will bring the number of housing zones announced to 15 with a total of ...

Westleigh transforms ex-football supporters club into 24 homes

25th June 2015

A site which was once home to the Glasgow Rangers football supporters club in Corby is being given a new lease of life by being transformed into 24 new 'affordable' homes. Work is well underway on site to build the properties. The scheme is being developed by midlands house builder Westleigh in partnership with Housing Association Riverside and Corby borough council. The club in Rockingham Road had become derelict following its closure in February 2013, and was forced to close its doors due to...

Genie seeks partnership with London developers

25th June 2015

Gentoo’s Genie Home Purchase Plan is seeking partnerships with London developers to deliver 2,000 new homes in the capital over the next 10 years. Genie is a 30 year homeownership plan which doesn’t require a mortgage or deposit and is targeted at helping first-time buyers and long-term renters into home ownership. It is looking to work with London developers to acquire new build properties, development land and joint venture opportunities. The company signed a deal with the Greater...

Peabody scheme wins national RIBA Award

24th June 2015

A new housing block on one of Peabody’s oldest estates, is among 37 winners of this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) National Awards, the most prestigious awards for new buildings in the UK. Designed by Niall McLaughlin Architects, Darbishire Place is made up of 13 new family homes at the historic Whitechapel estate. The scheme completes an ensemble of six housing blocks surrounding an internal courtyard, the original block having been destroyed during the Second Wo...

West End's £20bn regeneration to deliver 'huge benefits'

19th June 2015

A new 15 year vision for the West End of London was launched today. The vision, part of a £20bn private investment, will deliver an initial £500m of improvements to secure the area’s future as the powerhouse that drives the London and United Kingdom economies and as an unrivalled global destination.  The 2013 West End Commission realised that securing the area’s success meant that a “single voice for the area” was essential, resulting in the establishmen...