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‘Barriers must be overcome’ for Scotland’s housing

24th August 2016

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) members are working with Scottish Government to help solve the housing crisis. At the SFHA’s AGM, Mary Taylor, SFHA chief executive, will outline the key issues that could stand in the way of delivering the 50,000 affordable homes, which include availability and price of land, infrastructure, access to funding, the planning system, and a skilled workforce. Dr Taylor is determined the SFHA will continue to work constructively with the Scottis...

Joint venture generates development deal

23rd August 2016

One of the largest development deals for London’s small-scale brownfield sites has been announced. Ealing Council is unlocking 21 underused council-owned sites to build much needed new homes in the borough, and in accordance with the Mayor’s London Land Commission. In a unique partnership with Hill, the council will build more than 200 new homes. The sites are located across Ealing and come in a range of sizes, including a number of council-owned garages that are currently underused o...

'Cube' clicks into place

22nd August 2016

The 'Paddington Cube' is clicking into place at the centre of a £775m site makeover. Plans to create a modern office building, a 1.35 acre public piazza and a £65m upgrading of a tube station are being developed by Great Western Developments Ltd.  The proposals aim to transform the area directly to the east of Paddington main line station. Almost the size of Leicester Square, the site comprises the former Royal Mail sorting office on London Street, the current Paddington Stat...

Rentplus secures further £20m investment

17th August 2016

Rentplus has secured a further £20m investment on top of its recent £70m funding. The investment, supplied by Crestline Europe, will be used to expand its nationwide pipeline of delivering new, affordable homes. The company is planning to deliver 5,000 new homes by 2020, has signed a delivery finance facility with Crestline Investors, a credit-focused institutional alternative asset manager, for up to £20m of new funding. An initial £20m has been agreed and is available...

Funding sought for ‘super care’ home

17th August 2016

Funding is being sought for a £21m ‘super care’ home in Southampton. The new complex, which includes the now demolished Woodside Lodge care home and land at Wimpson Lane, Millbrook, will have up to 100 housing with care flats. Southampton City Council is set to meet to approve further funding for the new scheme The flats will provide accommodation for residents with disabilities and conditions such as dementia, who will be able to live in their own flats but receive support whe...

London sees sharp decrease in new build purchases

15th August 2016

Planning approvals in London may be on the up - but new build house sales are plummeting across the capital. The fall, identified in research by LOREMA and Land Registry data by London Central Portfolio (LCP) reveals the fall to be as high as 43%. Against this, the number of new developments approved for construction has surged again this year, with a substantial 20% increase in the planning pipeline since 2013, representing 106,208 new units. This pipeline is largely made up of projects in the &...

£16m social housing investment in North Down

11th August 2016

Two social housing sites have had a ministerial visit. Housing minister Paul Givan visited two sites in Holywood and Bangor where construction work is underway on 132 new social homes for North Down. The minister visited Old Belfast Road in Bangor to lay one of the first bricks at a £13m Choice Housing scheme, which will provide 106 new two and three bedroom family homes, three of which are wheelchair accessible.  The Department for Communities (DfC) is supporting the development of this...

Corbyn pledges 500,000 council homes

4th August 2016

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn believes the party can get a million new homes built in the next five years. Coryn has laid out this mass expansion - including 500,000 new council homes - in a leadership manifesto. That manifesto also outlines for an NHS-style National Education Service to give free childcare, school, college and university access. The measures are the heart of a 10-point plan “to rebuild and transform Britain” and make sure “that nobody and nowhere is left behind....

Council creates homes from old garages

3rd August 2016

A London council has replaced old garages with council houses. Islington Council created 13 new homes for local residents to rent and buy. Six new council homes for social rent, four shared ownership homes and three for market sale were built on land where boarded-up garages and an old oil tank once stood, on a neglected part of the estate.  Old bedsits were also transformed into new wheelchair accessible homes. Two of the new council homes were allocated through Islington's Local Lettings and Loca...

Plans submitted for Clapton estate

2nd August 2016

Plans to build hundreds of new homes in Clapton have been submitted. Hackney Council plans to build 400 modern, high-quality homes to replace derelict land on Nightingale Estate as part of its regeneration programme. The proposals would see a two-hectare area of vacant land transformed into a mix of homes for social rent, shared ownership and private sale following years of detailed consultation with local residents. Marking the final stage of the regeneration of the estate, the £200m scheme ...