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Cameron: Turning 'Generation Rent' into 'Generation Buy'

7th October 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron is set to announce plans to sweep away large parts of the planning system which require developers to build new ‘affordable’ homes for rent, in a bid to increase the number of homes available for first-time buyers. In a speech to the Conservative party conference Cameron is expected to announce measures to allow up to 200,000 "starter homes" to be built over the parliament. The changes mean that builders in England will no longer need to offer low-cost r...

Opinion: Solving the housing crisis the UKIP way

5th October 2015

By Andrew Charalambous, UKIP's housing spokesman. UKIP are the only party with something fundamentally different to say when it comes to housing. We are the only party straight talking enough to address the demand side of the housing equation. Rather than pursuing constantly upward shifting supply targets we believe it is necessary to tackle the accelerating demand for affordable and social housing. Our starting point remains our membership of the EU which has become the gateway to four mi...

New Rayleigh neighbourhood plans approved

1st October 2015

Rochford District Council has granted outline planning consent, subject to the signing of a legal agreement, for Countryside’s proposals to create a new neighbourhood to the west of Rayleigh that includes around 500 new homes as well as community facilities, infrastructure and public spaces. Countryside’s vision for the development is to establish a new neighbourhood offering a wide range of high quality new homes, including 35% ‘affordable’ housing.  The plan for this ...

Building starts on rent-to-buy homes in East Renfrewshire

29th September 2015

Construction has started on a new £4.2 million rent-to-buy housing development in Newton Mearns. It is the first development in Scotland for housing provider QSH, which is targeting £250 million from UK-based investors to deliver 2,000 properties, many of which will be built north of the border. Tenants in Newton Mearns are due to begin moving into the 42, two bedroom homes – which are being built by Wates Living Space just off Stewarton Road – in spring 2016. Under the...

Tickled pink - families move into colourful new homes

29th September 2015

Six new brightly coloured council homes are set to provide sustainable and low energy housing for some of Exeter’s most vulnerable families. 
 New eco-friendly homes at Reed Walk, Newport Road will house six local families who have been waiting for a suitable place to live on Exeter’s housing register. The new three-bedroom homes, including one wheelchair-accessible property, were completed in September. 

The houses are noticeable due to their bright colouring, which were carefully d...

Orbit Homes reaches 3000 homes milestone

28th September 2015

Orbit Homes, part of the 39,000-home Orbit Group, has developed more than 3,000 homes since April 2013, reaching a milestone in its development target of 12,000 new homes by 2020. The announcement comes just six months after the developer built its 2,000th home. Earlier this year, Orbit announced the second largest affordable development programme between 2015-2020, with a further 8,418 new homes planned. It has already secured land for more than 4,000 of these homes. Of the 3,090 new homes completed sinc...

Labour report calls for biggest social housebuilding drive since 70s

28th September 2015

Labour’s new shadow cabinet minister for housing, John Healey MP, is calling for a mass housebuilding drive, the likes of which has not been seen since the 1970s. The former treasury minister wants to almost quadruple the current number of homes being built for sale and rent, which he says will drive down the housing benefit bill. The report - coming only two weeks after his appointment - contains new analysis showing how it could be possible to build up to 100,000 ‘affordable’ public homes a y...

£12 million project to bring 101 council homes to Methil

25th September 2015

Work has started on Fife Council’s latest housing development of 101 new ‘affordable’ homes in Methil. The £12 million development will be built by Robertson Partnership Homes on the former site of the Glencast Foundry, and is set to create around 30 local jobs as well as deliver homes for rent for the area. Council leader Cllr David Ross and executive spokesperson for housing & building services Cllr Judy Hamilton joined Robertson Partnership Homes’ director Stewart...

Work starts on dementia-friendly homes in Wooler

25th September 2015

Not-for-profit housing provider Four Housing celebrated the start of building work at Horsdonside, Wooler with an official ground breaking ceremony on Wednesday 23 September 2015. The development will deliver 8 two bedroom houses and 6 two bedroom bungalows. All 14 properties will be energy efficient and built to Life Time Homes; a design standard which allows flexible living and will help to meet the needs of customers at different stages of their lives. The bungalows also include dementia friendl...

Southern Housing Group delivers PassivHaus development

25th September 2015

Southern Housing Group has delivered its first ever scheme built to the PassivHaus standards, an environmentally friendly approach to building design and development in Cameron Close, Freshwater on the Isle of Wight. Built on a 1.5 acre site, this £4.2 million development of 16 semi-detached family houses and 12 sheltered apartments has been developed according to the PassivHaus principle of reducing the need for and costs of space heating and cooling while keeping homes well insulated...