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Permitted development deal sparks political row

14th October 2015

The decision to enable offices to be turned into housing has sparked a major political row. The announcement by housing minister Brandon Lewis that temporary permitted development rights would now become permanent provoked a furious response that included allies of the government side. The rights were due to expire next May but not only has this been overhauled and expanded to allow the demolition of offices and extended to include light industrial buildings. The decision, announced separately fr...

Housing associations risk non-compliance with Heat Network regulations

29th September 2015

Many housing associations are already failing to comply with new Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014, says Insite Energy, a provider of metering, billing and payment services to more than 80 communal and district heat networks and 8,000 end-customers across the UK. The legislation requires housing associations, where they have a role as a heat supplier for communal heating systems, to install heat energy meters in individual properties and provide residents with access to accura...

Islington sets out plans to limit 'mega-basements'

27th August 2015

Residents and others have just a few more days to respond to Islington Council’s plans to limit the size of basement extensions and the impact these have on local areas. Soaring property values have led to a steady increase in the number of planning applications for the excavation of large basements in Islington, with the number of planning applications containing basement developments rising from 41 to 62 between 2013 and 2014. The council has published new draft planning guidelines, whic...

Research findings set to provide new tools for the sector

14th August 2015

A current industry pulse survey is underway to establish barriers in communication practices within housing associations. Throughout this month specialist built environment communication agency, Shere Marketing is appealing to housing professionals to submit their views on current operational challenges and delivery challenges, post-election reform. The agency has been working with housing associations since October last year to identify and support sector professionals to make the best of thei...

Nuisance neighbour removed using new law enforcement powers

10th August 2015

New law enforcement powers have been used to evict a woman from a property in Bury to bring an end to nuisance behaviour associated with her home. A resident of Warwick Close, was previously subject to a closure order in April following reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB) from other residents. It was ruled that they could not set foot within the property for 3 months. The type of nuisance behaviour described to Six Town Housing and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) included drug dealing and mi...