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Council takes another step towards realising 11,000-home plans

18th December 2014

Southwark Council says it is one step closer to building the first 1,500 of a planned 11,000 new homes. The homes, which will be located throughout the London borough, will be let at traditional council rents. Alongside new-build properties will be included the conversion of previously vacant spaces into council homes, including former community halls, disused rent offices and laundries. The first new homes, located in Willow Walk, Bermondsey, are due for completion by March, and will include 75 ...

Second phase of Olympic Park housing scheme approved

18th December 2014

The second phase of a housing development at Chobham Manor on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park has received unanimous approval from the London Legacy Development Corporation. Chobham Manor is the first of five neighbourhoods to be developed on the park in Stratford, east London. Nestled between East Village and Lee Valley Velo Park, it will comprise more than 800 homes, as well as shops, community facilities and open spaces. Phase two will create 207 new homes plus complementary retail and offic...

Developers taking advantage of National Planning Policy Framework loopholes, warns committee

18th December 2014

The coalition government’s flagship planning policy needs to do more to protect against unsustainable development in England and ensure communities aren’t subject to unwanted housing development, a new report has claimed. Published this week, the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee’s analysis found that developers are taking advantages of loopholes in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to launch ‘speculative’ planning applications leading t...

‘Tremendous future’ for Tottenham as £100 million deal secured

17th December 2014

Haringey Council has signed a new deal that it claims will bring more than £100 million of investment and hundreds of ‘affordable’ homes to Tottenham.  Subject to planning permission, developer Grainger is set to redevelop the ageing Apex House site in Seven Sisters Road into nearly 100 new homes.  According to the council, the transformation of the Apex House site, together with the neighbouring Wards Corner scheme, will deliver:  Nearly 300 new homes for &ls...

DECC experts praise ALMO's tower block heat pump

16th December 2014

A new heating system installed in a north Manchester tower block has been praised by experts from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) The DECC visited ALMO Northwards Housing's Clifford Lamb Court to see the ground source heating system in action. The first time the technology has been used in a multi-storey housing block, the device works by pumping water underground to absorb warmth. The pump increases the temperature further, which is used to provide hot water and heat to the ...

Government’s ‘starter homes’ initiative praised by BPF

16th December 2014

The British Property Federation (BPF) has praised the government’s new ‘starter homes’ initiative, and has claimed that the scheme will boost brownfield development. Launched by Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday, the proposals will see the government change the planning system to free under-used or unviable brownfield land from planning costs and levies in return for a below market value sale price from homes built on the site. The government expects the starter homes in...

Government to gift 100,000 first-time buyers with 20% discount

15th December 2014

Prime Minister David Cameron will today launch a new scheme that will offer 100,000 first-time buyers a 20% discount on their home purchase. As part of a government drive to get people on the housing ladder, aspiring homeowners will be asked to register their interest in buying via the Starter Home initiative from the start of next year. The government is today setting out a change to the planning system to free under-used or unviable brownfield land from planning costs and levies, in return for a ...

7,000-home garden city proposed for Cardiff

12th December 2014

Developers have submitted detailed plans for a 7,000-home garden city in North West Cardiff, which they say will deliver the homes and community the capital needs, help fuel economic growth and be a “model for sustainable living‟. The £2 billion garden city - 'Plasdŵr' - will comprise of over 7,000 new homes, shops, offices, schools, health centres, leisure centres, pubs and restaurants. Planners promise a “world-class, sustainable, contemporary community living in a country...

Council commits to ‘radical’ housebuilding programme

11th December 2014

Waltham Forest Council’s cabinet says it has committed to a “radical” housebuilding programme, the likes of which the borough has not seen for generations. The council has decided to expand the scale of its housing programme to build hundreds more homes every year, addressing the fact that housing supply in the area is “falling woefully behind demand”. Phase one of the programme will see 209 homes built on sites around the borough including properties on the Marlowe R...

After 40 years, an empty part of a square returns to life

10th December 2014

Renovation work has finally begun in Bedford on four St Paul's Square buildings left empty since 1974, when the average house price was £9,927 and a pint of beer 20 pence. After several failed attempts over the years, the four neglected Grade II listed buildings dating back to the 16th Century are now being turned into nine flats and one house. The partnership behind the development is made up of Aldwyck Housing Group, Bedford Borough Council, Bedford BID (Business Improvement District), the H...