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More retirement properties registered so far in 2015 than whole of 2014

31st July 2015

More retirement homes were registered to be built in the UK in the first six months of this year than the whole of the previous year, according to new figures released by NHBC. Builders registered a total of 2,337 properties specifically designed for the elderly in the first six months of 2015 - outstripping the total 1,919 which were registered for the whole of 2014. The growth in retirement homes comes as NHBC reported that more than 41,000 new homes were registered in the UK during the last ...

Walsall tenants employed to boost kerb appeal of properties

31st July 2015

Walsall’s mayor, Cllr Angela Underhill, visited a new whg scheme which is improving the kerb appeal of its properties, and boosting employment opportunities for its residents. In total, 15 whg tenants are being trained to deliver the work, improving front garden paths, paving, walls and fences to boost the look of Walsall’s neighbourhoods. The first five residents have already been recruited and trained via a partnership between Steps to Work and whg. Steps to Work (Walsall) Limite...

Stonewater provides 11 village homes in Shottery

31st July 2015

Local villagers in Shottery, near Stratford-on-Avon, had 11 good reasons to celebrate this month as construction got underway on a new development of Stonewater homes in Church Lane. Stonewater is working with Stratford-on-Avon district council and Spitfire Properties to deliver the £1.5 million development which will provide a mix of 11 individually designed and energy-efficient homes, with details to reflect the character of the local area. The Stonewater properties include two three-bedroo...

Plans to build 50,000 new homes for Londoners ‘too little, too late’

30th July 2015

The Mayor of London has reached a target of 50,000 new homes for Londoners in his Housing Zone scheme, with three further zones announced that will bring much needed development in the boroughs of Brent, Westminster and Sutton.  This builds upon the Mayor’s efforts to free up land for new housing, including the creation of the London Land Commission to identify all public land in London and strengthen its redevelopment alongside new transport infrastructure, the release of 99% of all la...

Families benefit from new homes in Herefordshire village beauty spot

29th July 2015

Families have moved into a dozen new homes which have been built in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Herefordshire, thanks to a partnership between a housing association and local authorities. WM Housing Group has developed 12 family homes at Shepherds Orchard, in the village of Mordiford, to help address a shortage of ‘affordable’ housing in the area. The £1.5 million scheme was officially opened at a special event attended by its residents and representatives from WM, Herefor...

New programme director to deliver Tottenham’s ambitions

28th July 2015

Progress on London’s biggest regeneration scheme is set to accelerate following the appointment of one of the UK’s leading experts as Tottenham programme director. Helen Fisher, who has been at the helm of some of the most significant regeneration London has seen in recent years, will turn her talents to Tottenham. As programme director, she will spearhead the council’s ambitious plans for the area – including the delivery of 10,000 new homes, 5,000 new jobs and more than...

£20m funding secured for Worthing Homes

28th July 2015

Worthing Homes has secured an additional £20million funding from Lloyds Bank to build 200 new ‘affordable’ homes in the local area over the next 3 years. “I am delighted that we have secured this additional funding” said Julian Pitcher, resources director, “as this now enables us to provide even more homes in the area which in turn helps to reduce the housing waiting list.” Worthing Homes currently has four fully funded sites in various stages of develo...

Work underway at 13 sites in Wythenshawe

28th July 2015

After receiving over £4.3m of grant funding, JV North member Wythenshawe Community Housing Group (WCHG) is forging ahead with plans to build 289 homes as part of the HCA’s 2015/18 Affordable Homes Programme. Plans to build nearly 300 new homes in Wythenshawe over the next three years is well underway with 13 development sites being brought into use. The 13 sites have seen either planning permission received, contracts awarded for construction work to start, designs agreed with the ...

Council sets out new rules to stop developers dodging affordable homes

27th July 2015

Islington Council is consulting on new rules to make it harder for developers to game the planning system and avoid building affordable homes. Viability assessments are used to work out how much affordable housing developers can afford to build as part of new developments. However, since government changes in 2012 it has become standard practice for developers to use the assessments to argue that they cannot afford to meet local affordable housing, infrastructure and environmental require...

Former hospital pictured on iconic David Bowie album cover to be developed

27th July 2015

An abandoned 205 acre site that was previously home to Cane Hill psychiatric hospital and appeared on the front cover of a David Bowie album is set to be transformed into nearly 700 new homes in Croydon. The former hospital opened in 1882 and treated many patients including Charlie Chaplin’s mother. In the 1970s it famously appeared on David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold the World’ album. The site had been abandoned since 1991, when the hospital closed, with large par...