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Liverpool to reap annual £14.5m boost from Anfield stadium regeneration project

27th November 2014

The proposed regeneration of Liverpool Football Club's stadium and the surrounding Anfield area will directly create 360 new jobs and boost the local economy by £14.5 million a year once complete, an independent report has estimated. And economists Amion Consultin's study excludes jobs construction and supply chain jobs, which, according to the council, when taken into account will mean a total of 770 jobs will have been created. The partners behind the regeneration – the council, Liv...

Opinion: Homelessness is a major public health issue

26th November 2014

As he prepares to join the St Basils Big Sleepout, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr John Cotton, highlights homelessness as a major public health issue. If asked to name the biggest public health issues facing Birmingham, most people would correctly identify obesity, smoking, substance misuse and even sexual health. I suspect fewer people would identify homelessness as a big issue but the following depressing statistics underline why we've made it a publ...

Streamlined £1bn construction framework for Hyde contractors

26th November 2014

The Hyde Group has announced plans for a new £1 billion construction framework agreement as it bids to tackle the acute housing shortage in its core areas of London, Kent and the south coast. "Our strategy is to establish long and productive partnerships that will enable us to build attractive and desirable homes for all sections of the community in locations where people want to live," said David Gannicott, Hyde’s group business development director. "Through the use of innovative funding s...

Fire rips through business blocking Tottenham Hotspur stadium development after club claims firm's 'intention was to cause delay'

25th November 2014

Police are this evening investigating a suspected arson attack after a business standing in the way of Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur's plans to develop a new stadium was devastated by a fire. The incident comes just days after the club claimed that the firm's intention "was to cause delay" to its development plans. The Archway Sheet Metal Works (ASMW) premises on Paxton Road burst into flames around 5am yesterday. The firm's owners, who are locked in a legal battle with Spurs over ...

Council's deal with development consortium to deliver 4,000 homes

24th November 2014

Hull City Council has joined forces with a consortium of developers in a deal that should deliver 4,000 new homes. The KSHP consortium - which consists of housing developers Keepmoat and Strata Homes, social landlord Home Group and commercial property specialists Priority Space - is set to deliver one of the city’s largest, most wide-spread and longest housing regeneration programmes, bringing private investment in excess of £500 million to the area over a 13-year period. The programme will b...

Social landlord borrows £50 million to deliver new homes

24th November 2014

London social landlord Christian Action Housing Association has borrowed £50 million on a 30-year private placement.  The 1,500-home provider says its deal with M&G Investments will allow it to repay its debts and fulfil its long-term development ambitions. David Joyce, Christian Action's finance director, said: "Although we are looking seriously at a small level of private sales and shared ownership in the future, we still see our core purpose as providing rented social housing t...

Council to fill housing void left by right to buy sales

21st November 2014

A council that has lost nearly 200 of its homes to the controversial right to buy (RTB) policy in the last two years has announced plans for a large housebuilding programme to fill the void. Since 2012, when the Tory-led coalition massively increased the discounts available for tenants that want to buy their social homes, Stevenage Borough council has seen 185 of its properties lost to RTB sales. Reacting to the loss the council this week laid out plans to build 1,900 new homes, around 550 of th...

Opinion: Council steps up 'Manhattanisation' of Tottenham

20th November 2014

By Martin Ball, Tottenham Hale resident and community campaigner The opening of the John McAslan N17 Studio this week at 451 High Road in Tottenham is evidence that Haringey Council is readying Tottenham for a building frenzy.  While being publicised as a wonderful space showcasing regeneration activities and a place for youngsters to get experience to become architects, the venture is a tangible sign that the economic plunder of Tottenham is set to begin.   By leasing a prominent Hi...

Southwark has great expectations for Canada Water development

20th November 2014

Southwark Council says it expects hundreds of 'affordable' homes and council homes at the Canada Water development, as well as a new leisure centre and a world class town centre. The London council's cabinet members endorsed a report this week concerning negotiations with developer British Land. Councillor Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transport, said: "This is a hugely exciting scheme and we have clearly set out what we expect to gain as a landowner from this develo...

Waltham Forest looks ahead with SPV in mind

19th November 2014

Waltham Forest council has outlined its future housing plans. “The council has committed to improving housing across the board, and over the next five years is planning for 8,000 new homes – half of which will be affordable,” said councillor Khevyn Limbajee, the cabinet member for housing. “We recently submitted a bid to the mayor of London to create a new housing zone in the Blackhorse Lane area. If successful, this will accelerate the delivery of up to 2,500 new homes and...