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HCA-funded extra care facility to open in spring

30th October 2014

A £4.9 million extra care facility in Rochdale built with the help of £903,000 in funding from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) is on course to open in spring 2015, following a topping out ceremony. Representatives from social landlord Rochdale Boroughwide Housing (RBH) and Rochdale Borough Council, who are supporting the project, were among those who attended the event on land adjacent to Hare Hill Park in Littleborough. The new facility will offer older people the chance to le...

Council commits to housebuilding programme

28th October 2014

Wandsworth Council will begin a new housebuilding programme next year, starting with two developments on the Savona and Patmore estates in Battersea. Planning permission has been granted for the two projects which will see a total of 37 ‘low cost rent’ homes built on council-owned sites, including seven houses with either three or four bedrooms. All of the new homes will be made available to Wandsworth residents to rent at below market rates, and top priority will be given to council...

Opinion: Access control - getting it right

28th October 2014

By Rob Sands, Technical Director, Videx Access control is one of, if not, the most important element of building security. It is vital in so many ways, not only from an anti-intruder or theft perspective but also in terms of health and safety. In almost every building - whether that’s an office block, a school, a hospital or a shopping centre -  many people enter, exit and move around the premises. It is crucial therefore that access into and around buildings, where people are g...

MP Hodge unveils 'affordable' housing scheme at chocolate site

28th October 2014

Margaret Hodge MP has unveiled a housing development on the site of a former chocolate factory. Hodge officially opened the first of 73 new 'affordable' homes in her London constituency of Barking, built by social landlord Home Group. The 55,000-home provider says the development will provide 'affordable' rental homes for local people on waiting lists and also shared ownership homes helping first time buyers to get a foot on the property ladder. The £10.7 million scheme forms part of Ho...

Council to deliver new homes after borrowing £15.5m against HRA

27th October 2014

A London borough has been granted permission to borrow an extra £15.5m against its Housing Revenue Account (HRA) to provide 99 new homes in the borough by 2017. Ealing Council plans to deliver a mixture of affordable rent and shared ownership homes. The additional funds the council is now able to borrow will help it continue its new build programme, which has delivered 100 new properties since 2009 and has a further 400 under construction. Ealing says it was successful in bidding for its addi...

Maintenance provider signs £6.5m in contracts with HAs

27th October 2014

Travis Perkins Group Managed Services (TPGMS) says it intends to improve cost efficiencies for two housing associations after signing separate partnership agreements, worth £6.5 million in total. TPGMS, which provides maintenance materials and supply chain planning for public sector organisations, has signed a six-year, £2.5m agreement with Sovereign Housing Association, which operates in the South and South West of England. The deal is expected to create cost savings by enabling the in-ho...

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 ...