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Housing chief sees Pendleton transformation

1st February 2016

Housing chief David Orr got a first-hand look at how Pendleton’s skyline is changing forever following a £16million makeover of three tower blocks. The National Housing Federation Chief Executive was joined by Salford and Eccles MP and Shadow Treasury spokesperson Rebecca Long-Bailey and other guests to see the dramatic makeover of Spruce Court, Whitebeam Court and Hornbeam Court.  This is turning the blocks into stylish, modern apartment complexes with a spectacular view over the ci...

Should London expand up or out?

29th January 2016

The London Assembly Planning Committee has warned the next mayor must start planning for London’s future from the day they collect the keys to City Hall. London’s population is projected to grow by a million over the next 10 years, and a further 500,000 in the following decade. Forecasts show London could be as dense as Bangkok by 2041. This year, London will have a new mayor who will be a central player in determining how the capital will grow - and where the expected one million n...

Lord True condemns government’s “damaging” planning policy

28th January 2016

Lord True is to bring an amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill to secure small businesses, who he fears are losing out when it comes to planning control. Redevelopment of offices into housing, even though no planning control has been put in place, is leading to many small businesses being “tossed out by developers” says the Richmond Council leader. In 2013 the government introduced fresh measures to make it easier to turn office and light industrial buildings into new homes. Sinc...

600 acres of surplus public sector land for sale

26th January 2016

The government has today (26 January) published details of 600 acres of surplus public sector land for sale. The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has more than 80 public land sites for sale and will bring a further 40 more sites to market over the next 18 months. It is estimated these sites will support more than 5,000 homes as well as land for industry and business. Over 20% of the sites already have outline or detailed planning permission. Housing minister Brandon Lewis said: “Using surp...

Affordable homes approved for Ebbsfleet Garden City

25th January 2016

Planning approval for 125 'affordable' homes within the new Ebbsfleet Garden City has been given to a leading Kent social housing provider. Circle Housing Russet will start construction work within Castle Hill, the first village at Ebbsfleet Garden City’s Eastern Quarry site, in the summer. The new development forms part of wider plans by the affordable housing provider to deliver a total of 375 homes in the Castle Hill area over the next six years, after it agreed terms on 19 acres with...

£160m funding for Scotland's first-time buyers

21st January 2016

More than £160m of new funding will be targeted in 2016/17 on home ownership schemes in Scotland to support 5000 households to buy their own home. More than £80m will go to the established open market shared equity scheme (OMSE) helping up to 2,000 eligible first-time buyers on low to moderate incomes. The Help to Buy (Scotland): affordable home ownership scheme will help up to 3,000 households next year, backed by £80m equity support towards the purchase price. The three year £195m ...

475,000 homes with planning permission still waiting to be built

7th January 2016

New research published today reveals there are a record 475,647 homes in England which have been given planning permission but have yet to be built. The study, commissioned by the Local Government Association and carried out by industry experts Glenigan, shows this bumper backlog has grown at a rapid pace over the past few years. In 2012/13, the total of unimplemented planning permissions was 381,390 and in 2013/14 it was 443,265. The LGA said that the figures underline the need for councils t...

Cardiff expansion expected to be approved

6th January 2016

Plans for the biggest expansion in Cardiff in over a century are expected to be approved in the next few weeks. The plans, if approved, would lead to over 30,000 homes being built in the city over the next 10 years. Full details of the plan will be set out next week, and a final decision is expected to be made by the local authority in the coming weeks. It is also expected the council will approve the decision. The Local Development Plan (LDP) is based on a forecast that the population of Cardi...

Scotland’s investment in affordable housing

30th December 2015

Around £690 million will be invested in housing in 2016-17 as part of the Scottish government’s commitment to delivering 50,000 affordable homes over the next five years. The Draft Budget for 2016-17 will aim to build between 8,000 and 9,000 new homes across Scotland, which is an increase of up to 28% on the average delivered over the last two years. The 2016-17 investment is expected to support between 13,000 and 15,000 jobs in the construction industry and generate up to £1.9...

Bield's Scottish housing model 'brave and far-sighted'

21st December 2015

Housing and care pioneers, Bield have been praised as “brave and far-sighted” by revamping the way specialist housing is delivered for Scotland’s older people. Social research and support company, Craigforth, reviewed a decision by Bield to transform traditional Sheltered Housing to meet both the evolving needs of older people and adapt to changing financial demands. Lucy Robertson, managing director at Craigforth said: “In many ways this was a brave and far-sighted deci...