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Liverpool FC's stadium expansion plans approved

23rd September 2014

Liverpool Football Club has won approval for its plans to expand its Anfield stadium, after the council's planning committee gave the green light. The Premier League side's stadium plans are part of a huge regeneration scheme for the Anfield area, which includes a deal between the club and social landlord Your Housing Group which see new homes built and existing ones refurbished. Liverpool FC intends to expand its Main Stand by 8,300 seats and its Anfield Road Stand by 4,800, which will give the st...

Labour makes housing capital spending priority as Miliband pledges to build as 'many homes as we need'

23rd September 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband has spelled out his vision to tackle the UK's housing crisis, insisting that the party will build as many homes as the country needs. Delivering his keynote speech at the party's annual conference in Manchester, Miliband pledged to make housing a capital spending priority, and committed to a 10-year housebuilding drive that he said would deliver 200,000 homes a year by 2020. Though broadly welcoming the news, David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federati...

U2's guitarist edges closer to victory in five-mansion battle

23rd September 2014

The Edge, guitarist with Irish pop group U2, has scored a victory in his long-fought battle to build five mansions on a 150-acre plot of Malibu coastline. The Edge, whose real name is Dave Evans, has faced opposition from neighbours and environmentalists over his multiple manor vision. However, no less than the California Coastal Commission (CCC) has now come to an agreement with Evans, allowing the ever-hatted strummer a downsized version of his original dream. Housebuilder Evans originally concei...

Almost 60% oppose major construction (in their neighbourhood)

23rd September 2014

Almost 60% of the population would oppose a major construction programme if it was in their immediate neighbourhood. The 'Property Tracker' survey by the Building Societies Association (BSA) shows that 58% of Britons would be opposed to building more than 300 properties in their neighbourhood and 53% are anti-developments of 100 and 299 properties. But when asked how much of the UK they believe should be 'urban', which is defined as housing, gardens, train lines and parks, nine out of 10 said m...

Residents back demolition of own homes in Grimsby

23rd September 2014

The votes are in and it’s not looking good for Grimsby’s six high-rise blocks and Comber Place maisonettes. Overall 52% of respondents backed demolition, with 42% against, after it was proposed by Shoreline Housing Partnership "as part of the long-term economic interests of the affordable housing charity". Even for those living in the 457 properties directly affected by demolition, the vote was 50-44 in favour. Neighbouring local residents not directly affected were 77% in favour. A...

Cameras to follow Olympic Park’s West Ham transfer

22nd September 2014

Time lapse cameras have been set up at the site of West Ham United Football Club's forthcoming new stadium. As work begins to install the world’s longest cantilevered roof on the stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the three state-of-the-art cameras have been installed for the public to witness the transformation of the venue. Each camera shows the venue from a different angle and interested viewers will be able to see the latest pictures at any time of the day or night on the park&rsqu...

Home Group boss: Solve the housing crisis with the 'three Rs'

22nd September 2014

The chief executive of one of the UK's largest social landlords will tell the Labour Party conference tomorrow that politicians should concentrate on a new set of 'three Rs' for housing. Home Group CEO Mark Henderson will explain to delegates that "Rethinking, Revenue and Regeneration" are the keys to registered providers delivering the volume of homes required to tackle the housing crisis. Henderson will argue that the next government, regardless of its make-up, needs to rethink long-held attitu...

Boris Johnson accused of reneging on Olympic community affordable housing pledge

19th September 2014

London mayor Boris Johnson has been accused of reneging on a manifesto pledge after plans for a community land trust (CLT) at the Olympic Park were scrapped. The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), which the mayor chairs, ruled in April that plans to establish a CLT for affordable homes at Chobham Manor on the Olympic Park site should be put on hold.  The LLDC cited the risk that the long-term affordability of properties on Chobham Manor could not be guaranteed. London Assembly L...

Network signs major deal in Wembley Stadium area

18th September 2014

Network Housing has announced a major commercial acquisition in the London borough of Brent with the group exchanging contracts to purchase the 74,000 sq. ft. Olympic Office Centre in Wembley from Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust Limited. Network’s investment will make a significant contribution to the transformation of the Wembley Stadium area. It is currently the main occupier of the Olympic Office Centre where it has its headquarters and employs over 400 staff. Network chief executive ...

Boris Johnson announces new private rent developments

16th September 2014

London Mayor Boris Johnson has selected preferred bidders for two sites to fast track the creation of more than 1,200 new homes, including 480 for long-term private rent. According to the mayor, the developments will use an "innovative covenant" to help relieve pressure on the capital’s housing market, accelerate development and raise standards of private renting. The Greater London Authority (GLA) marketed the two sites - Silvertown Way and Pontoon Dock - with the specific aim of deliverin...