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Work starts on 1,500-home former council estates

23rd June 2016

A ground-breaking event marked the start of construction work on the first new homes to be built through a £320 million, 1,500-home regeneration programme set to transform three council estates in Woolwich, south-east London. Representatives from the Royal Borough of Greenwich, partnership housing developer Lovell and asra Housing Group, gathered at the former Connaught estate to mark the beginning of building work. The first new homes, at the renamed Trinity Walk, are now under construc...

Planning approval for £5m Newcastle site

21st June 2016

Work is underway at Newcastle Great Park to provide 38 affordable homes. The £5m mixed-used development has been designed by award-winning North East practice Gradon Architecture. The client is Newcastle Great Park Consortium and the appointed contractor is Gus Robinson Developments. Plans for the site include 38 contemporary two-bedroomed apartments with nine ground floor retail units below. The development also includes a town square, pub and offices all surrounded by high-quality landscaping and ...

Council stakes future on thousands of new homes

21st June 2016

Herefordshire Council has staked a future on the most ambitious development strategy the county has seen – with potential for thousands of new homes. In backing the strategy, the council’s cabinet conceded that what was planned had the potential to “contribute significantly” to the council’s medium-term financial plan, as well as helping to secure financial security into the long-term through the contribution of capital and revenue receipts. And, as more innovative ...

landmark deal for Sheffield homes

20th June 2016

South Yorkshire Housing Association have signed a deal that will see over 200 new flats built in Sheffield. The deal between South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) and the Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund (an investment fund), will see 219 flats built at the Steelworks site in Kelham Island. It sees South Yorkshire Housing Association become the first housing association in the country to secure investment of this kind. All properties will be available to rent through Crucible Sales and Lett...

New company to help meet housing needs

20th June 2016

Thousands of people could be helped onto the property ladder in Liverpool. Liverpool City Council are applying to set up a new housing company, providing new routes into home ownership by developing new starter homes, Rent-to-Buy properties and shared ownership schemes. The company would also act as a high quality, commercial, private landlord. A report to the cabinet on Friday 24 June is asking permission for the city council establish a local authority owned, commercially driven ‘for profi...

A new lease of life

16th June 2016

A former North Yorkshire Victorian family home has been transformed into nine modern apartments. Leeds & Yorkshire Housing Association (LYHA) has officially reopened Sutcliffe Buildings in Settle, North Yorkshire, following a six month refurbishment project to provide nine apartments for affordable rent. The project, which cost £750,000 and took six months to complete, will provide much-needed homes for the town. The refurbishment has breathed new life into the Grade II Listed Sutclif...

7,000 home garden city starts to take shape

16th June 2016

A further 290 homes have been granted outline planning permission in Cardiff's garden city. The development is on a parcel of land to the south of Pentrebane Road, forming the first phase of Plasdwr alongside 630 homes to the north and south of Llantrisant Road, which were approved in February. Lead developer, Redrow expects to start infrastructure works this summer at Llantrisant Road, with the first homes expected in spring 2017. Infrastructure works to the south of Pentrebane Road includes improveme...

London rounds on government over housing

16th June 2016

Labour-led local authorities in London have vowed to go against government plans for homeownership and build social housing for rent in their boroughs. Barely weeks after the Housing and Planning Bill gained Royal Assent, some councils are already making plans to defy housing minister Brandon Lewis. Three senior figures among capital’s councils renewed their commitment to social housing and raised concerns that many of the replacement homes will be built “out of borough” pushing resident...

Large hostel developed on university site

15th June 2016

A former zoological university building has been turned into a 566-bed hostel. Global professional services company Turner & Townsend has helped convert the building in Amsterdam into a new, chic hostel for the leading European chain Generator. Turner & Townsend provided cost management services for the whole project on behalf of Generator Hostels. It is the first collaboration with the design-led brand, which combines affordable luxury rooms with unique social events. The re-development of the d...

Welsh minister sets out five ‘asks’

13th June 2016

A Welsh minister has set out her vision for planning in Wales. Lesley Griffiths used the first major speech since her ministerial appointment to set out her vision for regeneration in Wales. The cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs, explained how planners must play a crucial role in helping the Welsh Government achieve its key targets. This includes building 20,000 affordable homes, reducing carbon emissions and improving the prosperity of Wales. During her speech the cabinet secreta...