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Consortuim heralds victory on affordable rural homes

12th April 2016

A consortium of peers and rural housing groups have safeguarded types of development in rural communities. Legislation to force local authorities to require the construction of Starter Homes, rather than affordable housing, in rural areas will not go ahead following opposition from the consortium – consisting of the CLA, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and Hastoe Housing Group.  The consortium had set out concerns that plans to impose starter homes on rural areas would pu...

Government 'damaging supply' of rented housing

16th March 2016

A former Conservative shadow cabinet member has criticised the government’s approach to the private rented sector. Writing for the Daily Telegraph today ahead of the Budget, the former shadow chief secretary to the treasury, Lord Flight has noted that faced with ever growing demand for homes to rent: “The government should be supporting investment in the sector and not, through the recent tax changes relating to buy-to-let, actively discouraging it.” Addressing the chancellor&r...

Housing market ‘shouldn’t underestimate’ financialisation

10th March 2016

Written by Mark Lawrence, reporting from today's National Housing Federation’s Land and Planning conference, Birmingham. The housing sector shouldn’t underestimate the impact the financial sector has on the market. That is the view of Michael Edwards, teaching fellow at The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (UCL). Speaking at the National Housing Federation’s Land and Planning conference, the academic spoke at length on the adverse effect the financial s...

Small HAs ‘still have role to play’

22nd January 2016

Smaller housing associations still have a role to play in the wider building of affordable homes, says Andrea Lowman from Phoenix Community Housing.  Speaking at HQN’s ‘Future of Affordable Housing’ event, she said there were still ways the smaller associations could help with the crisis.  “Smaller housing assoiations have a part to play in housebuilding. Everyone is needed to build affordable housing, there is already 250,000 new homes required each year nation...