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Government to get behind England’s aspiring self-builders

24th October 2014

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis has today announced plans to support people who want to build their own homes.  The minister has published details of plans for a new right to build across England, so that anyone who wants to build their own home will be able to turn to their council for help in finding a suitable plot of land.  Lewis has said that making custom build a more realistic option for more people was part of the government’s drive to support aspiring homeown...

Will Mayor of London miss 'affordable' housing target?

23rd October 2014

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has been quizzed about whether or not he will hit his target to deliver 50,000 new 'affordable' homes in the capital by March 2015. Questioned by Labour London Assembly Member Tom Copley during yesterday's mayor's question time, Johnson refused to confirm that the target date remained March 2015 - even though his deputy mayor for housing, Richard Blakeway, stated less than a year ago that the target still stood. As of September this year the mayor had only deliver...

NHBC says UK housebuilding at 7-year high despite ‘underperforming’ public sector

23rd October 2014

New home registrations have hit their highest level since 2007. "The figures for Q3 2014 reveal that overall new home registrations have increased 8% on the same period last year with the private sector continuing to be the main driver of growth," the National House-Building Council (NHBC) said. The latest numbers "represent the highest year to date figures and the highest Q3 figures since 2007". In total, 36,343 new homes were registered with the NHBC between July and September this year, broke...

England's ageing population facing housing crisis

23rd October 2014

Households of over-65s are set to grow dramatically over the next 10 years - and the country's housing market is not equipped to cope with the dramatic rise, a new report has revealed. Think tank IPPR North's study - which shows that the number of over 85s will grow the most, rising by 33% over the next 10 years - argues that the English housing market is ill-equipped to cope with an ageing population and that older people are being let down by inadequate choice. The report shows that 95% of the ...

Opinion: West Ham's Olympic Stadium move is becoming a national scandal

22nd October 2014

By Andrew Boff, leader of the Greater London Authority Conservatives, who continues to question the value of the Premier League club's impending move to the Olympic Stadium. It is fast becoming a national scandal that new complexities in converting the Olympic Stadium is likely to set the final bill for the venue at £634 million. That substantial bill has been footed by the taxpayer. The decision to line up West Ham as a preferred tenant on a 99-year lease will mean that they contribute ju...

French embassy buys apartments in Fulham

21st October 2014

Residential and commercial real estate investor Sunny Day Capital has sold four flats at its office-to-residential conversion in Fulham. The two-bedroom flats at The Lanchesters, Fulham Palace Road, went for a total of £3.13 million, reflecting a price of £850 per sq ft. Two of the London apartments were acquired by the French embassy and the other two involved owner occupiers. These sales followed the recent completion of Sunny Day’s nine-apartment residential project of two b...

Mayor to be quizzed over Tottenham Hotspur/West Ham ground share

21st October 2014

The Mayor of London is to be quizzed about the possibility of Premier League teams Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United sharing the Olympic Stadium. Leader of the Greater London Authority (GLA) Conservatives Andrew Boff will ask Boris Johnson this week if West Ham has the power to veto Spurs, if the club approached the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) requesting a ground-share deal for the 2017-18 season. Boff is a long-time critic of the LLDC's decision to sign the Olympic Stadium ...

Developer set to be appointed for £80m 600-home scheme

21st October 2014

Developer Lovell is on the verge of being selected to deliver a 600-home scheme in Norfolk, worth more than £80 million. Up to 600 new homes will be constructed in the Lynnsport and Marsh Lane area - 300 for sale on the open market, 200 earmarked for private rent and 100 allocated as 'affordable' housing. Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk says it is using the scheme to stimulate housing growth by bringing forward development on its land which would otherwise not be developed...

Consortium commits to investing £200m in 1,800 new homes

20th October 2014

A social housing consortium has committed to spending nearly £200 million to deliver almost 1,800 new homes over the next three years. JV North's nine members will invest £161.9m during the 2015/18 period of the affordable homes programme, complementing a £34.8m grant the consortium was awarded by the Homes and Communities Agency in July. A total of 1,745 homes will be built, with 1,493 made for 'affordable rent' rates and 252 offered for shared ownership. JV North's individual memb...

Council to rule on £1.5 billion new homes scheme

20th October 2014

A council will decide at its meeting this week whether to move ahead with the first phase of a £1.5 billion eco-development which will provide thousands of new homes and jobs. Enfield Council's cabinet will decide whether or not to agree the route of the Meridian Water development’s central causeway and give senior officers within the council the powers to drive forward the scheme - one of the largest green developments in the UK. Once completed, Meridian Water will create up to 8,4...

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