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£200m push for 'slowed down' garden city city scheme

27th April 2016

THE landmark £310m 500-acre Ebbsfleet Garden City scheme has long overdue boost with a purchase agreement on land earmarked for 6,250 new homes. Henley Camland, part of the Henley private equity group, confirms it is to buy a "significant portion" of  the scheme's Eastern Quarry site from Land Securities - investing around £200m. Eastern Quarry has outline planning permission for up to 6,250 homes idential units and is comprised of three main ‘villages’ situated across ...

Network Rail to fast-track £1bn land sale for homes

27th April 2016

Network Rail is to fast-track the £1bn sale of development land for homes by setting up its own property company – a month after 24housing raised the issue writes Bill Tanner. The existing Network Rail Property (NRP) arm gets greater independence with its own board to approve investments in Network Rail’s estate and make decisions about the disposal of property assets. Confirming the move, Network Rail said the new structure and governance arrangement will “ramp up” its pr...

An alternative manifesto for London

25th April 2016

Linden Homes has published its own manifesto for London’s housing. With less than a month to go until the London mayoral and London Assembly elections, Linden Homes has issued ‘Housing our Capital – a Manifesto for London’ to the candidates in the running to be the next mayor, as well as those seeking election to the GLA. The document highlights that in recent years London’s housing supply has failed to keep pace with population increases. Since 2002 the population h...

Newham council invests to help homeless

25th April 2016

A Stratford building has been purchased by Newham Council from a housing association to provide temporary accommodation for homeless people. Sir Robin Wales, mayor of Newham, approved the purchase of Brimstone House which will provide hundreds of temporary homes to residents who need them. The homes will be affordable to those on low incomes. Empty units in the building have already been in use by Newham Council since January 2015 to provide temporary accommodation to homeless residents. ...

Green light for Gateways

20th April 2016

One of London’s biggest new housing schemes has got the go-ahead writes Bill Tanner. Barking and Dagenham council will work the Greater London Authority (GLA) to establish the funding for an additional 3000 new homes. The bid covers the industrial areas acting as divide between Barking Riverside and Thames View Estate – said to present an extremely poor entrance to what is one of London’s largest development sites. With £30m funding sought, the so-called Barking Riversid...

Birmingham to create 'centre of excellence'

13th April 2016

Birmingham are to reduce the number of Housing Advice Centres in order to create a single ‘centre of excellence’. Building on the success of the city’s Youth Hub - a specialist homeless service for single young people under-25 years old - the council is reducing the number of Housing Advice Centres and pooling resources to create a similar ‘centre of excellence’ for homelessness and housing advice for the over-25s. Following extensive consultation, cabinet is set t...

Council looks to end temporary accommodation costs

13th April 2016

Knowles House in Harlesden is set to be redeveloped to provide housing for people in need. Brent Council's cabinet have agreed to invest £24m in the plans at their meeting on Monday 11 April 2016. The council aims to turn the outdated building, the former Anansi Nursery and Westbrook Community Centre into 85 temporary and 40 independent living homes, with replacement community facilities as part of its temporary accommodation reform plan which will see £130m spent on up to 600 new homes in the borough. Subject to further details an...

Consortuim heralds victory on affordable rural homes

12th April 2016

A consortium of peers and rural housing groups have safeguarded types of development in rural communities. Legislation to force local authorities to require the construction of Starter Homes, rather than affordable housing, in rural areas will not go ahead following opposition from the consortium – consisting of the CLA, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and Hastoe Housing Group.  The consortium had set out concerns that plans to impose starter homes on rural areas would pu...

Rural groups working together to protect housing

11th April 2016

A consortium of peers and rural housing groups, including the CLA, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and Hastoe Housing Group, are arguing for a series of measures to be added to the Housing and Planning Bill to help protect the balance of tenures, types and the affordability of housing in rural communities. The Bill will continue its passage of detailed scrutiny in the House of Lords this week, debating of a suite of amendments supported by the coalition of rural groups. These amendment...

New twin towers for Wembley

7th April 2016

One of the biggest mid-market housing developments in the country has won planning consent in Wembley, north London. Brent Council approved plans by HUB and Bridges Ventures - a specialist sustainable and impact investor, to transform a disused office block into twin residential towers containing 239 mid-market homes. The 21 and 26 storey towers, designed by Maccreanor Lavington Architects, will be the tallest in Wembley, but HUB successfully argued that the height was appropriate in this location...