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Property tsar slams government's 'embarrassing' treatment of building sector

17th April 2014

A property maintenance tsar has slammed the government for not taking the ‘Get Britain Building’ fund seriously. Will Davies, MD of maintenance firm aspect.co.uk, has said that the coalition’s general treatment towards the construction industry is "embarrassing". His comments come after it was revealed that the £570 million ‘Get Britain Building’ scheme - an initiative created by former housing minister Grant Shapps that was intended to provide 16,000 homes in ...

Liverpool FC sign legal agreement to expand Anfield stadium as part of £260m regeneration

17th April 2014

Liverpool Football Club, Liverpool City Council and social landlord Your Housing Group have signed a legal agreement which has brought the regeneration of Anfield a step closer. Alongside new housing, the deal could lead to the expansion of Liverpool FC's stadium. Mayor Joe Anderson, Liverpool FC chair Tom Werner and Kathy Cowell, chair of YHG, signed the heads of terms, paving the way for the proposed £260 million scheme. The legal document has set out the agreed principles upon which a...

Hull commits £75 to housing budget

17th April 2014

Hull City Council says it has committed to one of the largest budgets for housing in the country. The local authority has allocated almost £75 million to housing works through the city's revenue and capital housing budget, covering repairs, maintenance, energy efficiency works, improvements to sheltered housing and regeneration schemes. The budget will also be used to bring empty homes and buildings back into use and to build new homes. According to the council, its housing spend will prov...

Tottenham demolition plans slammed by protestors

16th April 2014

Eighty people attended a meeting last week to speak out against plans for the large scale demolition of council estates in Tottenham. With many different estates represented, tenants slammed Haringey Council’s plans for the area. Those attending the meeting agreed to campaign to win investment in council housing; to stop five-year tenancies for new residents, in place of the permanent tenancies already in use; and to end near-market rents for new housing association tenancies. Campaigners say that the council pl...

HA celebrates most successful development year with over 1,000 new homes

16th April 2014

Sovereign Housing Association has recorded its most successful year of development, completing over 1,100 new homes. The 37,500-home provider built 1,104 new homes in 2013/14 across the south and South West, despite a fall in government funding. The homes Sovereign built in the last financial year surpassed the 1,034 it provided in 2012/13, and included homes for 'affordable' rent, market rent and outright sale, as well as social rent and shared ownership. Phil Stephens, Sovereign’s devel...

Plans submitted for final phase of 650-home scheme

15th April 2014

The final phase of an east London regeneration scheme has been submitted to planning chiefs. The 650-home Rathbone Market development in Canning Town is being delivered by English Cities Fund (ECf), in partnership with Newham Council. The scheme is part of the council’s £3.7 billion Canning Town and Custom House regeneration programme. The third phase plans comprise of 162 privately owned properties and 54 affordable properties. Duncan Cumberland, development director for ECf, said: &ldquo...

Shadow housing minister returns to roots to open new development

15th April 2014

Shadow Housing Minister Emma Reynolds returned to the street she grew up on to open a new social rent development. Social landlord Walsall Housing Group invited the Wolverhampton North East MP to an event that marked tenants moving into the new homes on Spout Lane in Caldmore. Reynolds, who lived in Spout Lane for the early part of her childhood, returned to visit her old council flat and met the current tenants. She also met the residents moving into whg's new development, which consists of six t...

Shapps: Bedroom tax savings to be used to build new homes

14th April 2014

Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has said that the money the government has saved through the bedroom tax will be used to build new homes for people on housing waiting lists. The former housing minister was defending the controversial under-occupancy policy in his constituency of Welwyn Hatfield, where rent arrears have soared by 60% since its introduction last April. It is thought to be the first time that a senior member of the coalition has outlined how the money the bedroom tax has ...

Council's ambitious 11,000-home plan begins

14th April 2014

Southwark Council has started building the first of 11,000 new homes it has promised to deliver over the next 30 years. Foundations have been laid and construction has begun at the Willow Walk site where 75 'affordable' homes will be developed, 21 of which will be for social rent. The project will deliver eight one-bed homes, eight two-beds and five three-beds, including two wheelchair units on the ground floor. The site will also see 54 short-stay accommodation homes. The new sustainable homes w...

Government's housing policy storing up trouble for the future - council

10th April 2014

A council has written to the coalition after becoming concerned that its affordable housing policies are "storing up trouble for the future". Milton Keynes Council has contacted planning minister Nick Boles to accuse the government making it hard for affordable housing to be built alongside new developments. Although the council currently attempts to ensure that 30% of housing developments in the city are 'affordable', the local authority has "major concerns" that recent changes by the governmen...