Housing

Councils urged to approve more self-build homes

30/10/2020

Councils should grant enough planning permission to meet local demand for self-build, the Government has said today.

Funding allocated for thousands of new homes for rough sleepers

29/10/2020

More than 3,300 new long-term homes for rough sleepers will be delivered by the end of March 2021, the Government has pledged.

Rural homelessness doubles in past two years, campaigners warn

28/10/2020

Homelessness in rural areas has more than doubled since 2018, new research from campaigners has warned.

Charity blasts cost of 'shoddy and expensive' temporary accommodation

23/10/2020

Councils in England spent £1.2bn on providing temporary accommodation for homeless households in 2019/20, figures have revealed.

London council fines two rogue landlords £110,500

22/10/2020

Islington Council has fined two landlords £110,500 for providing dangerous and sub-standard housing.

Housing-with-care is 'critically low', report warns

22/10/2020

The UK has an ‘acute’ lack of housing-with-care for older people, a report has warned.

Capacity for 1.3 million homes on brownfield land, campaigners reveal

21/10/2020

There is enough brownfield land to deliver 1.3 million new homes, new analysis has revealed.

Government launches £3m supported housing pilot

20/10/2020

The Government has announced that £3m will go to fund pilots in five areas aimed at improving the quality, enforcement, oversight and value for money in supported housing.

Keep all options on the table to decarbonise heat

20/10/2020

Daniel Burton argues that councils will need to consider the latest technology-driven solutions to deliver low-carbon heating at scale.

Calls to invest £900m in ‘transitional supported housing’

15/10/2020

The Government has been urged to invest £900m to ensure the UK’s most ‘invisible’ vulnerable people have access to supported housing by a think tank.

Housebuilders call to raise threshold for affordable homes

15/10/2020

Raising the affordable homes threshold would help boost smaller developments, the National Federation of Builders (NFB) has argued.

Council set to take housing services back in-house

15/10/2020

Kirklees Council is set to approve plans to bring the management and maintenance of its housing stock back in-house next week.

Sector calls for new task force on housing with care

15/10/2020

The retirement community sector has united to urge the Government to set up a task force on housing with care in order to ‘level up’ for older people.

Councils secure £10m to help homeless people this winter

13/10/2020

Councils will receive a new £10m Cold Weather Fund to help rough sleepers stay safe this winter.

The impacts of planning reform on employment land

08/10/2020

Where will the recent and proposed reforms to the planning system take us? Stuart Hardisty reports.

Warning that homeless people will die this winter without action

08/10/2020

The Government has been urged to provide self contained accommodation for homeless people this winter to protect them from coronavirus by charities and health bodies.

Planning reforms risk delivery of affordable homes, council chiefs warn

07/10/2020

Communities could have missed out on 30,000 affordable homes in the past five years if proposed Government planning reforms were in place, local leaders warn.

Social home shortage fuelling housing crisis, charity warns

06/10/2020

A ‘disastrous’ lack of social homes has caused a housing emergency in England, a charity has warned today.

Kent councils take back control of housing stock

05/10/2020

Four councils in East Kent have taken back control of housing management services.

Black people three times more likely to experience homelessness, figures reveal

02/10/2020

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups are being disproportionately impacted by homelessness, new figures have revealed.

Jenrick: Permitted Development Right homes must meet space standards

01/10/2020

All new homes in England delivered through any Permitted Development Right (PDR) must meet space standards, the housing secretary Robert Jenrick yesterday announced.

The pressure of procurement

30/09/2020

Local authorities may be missing out on the chance to extract maximum value for their new-build housing projects, according to Tim Young.

Local authorities can build back better with housing association joint ventures

28/09/2020

Olwen Brown outlines the five factors that support the long-term success of joint ventures.

Tens of thousands of homes built after ‘bypassing’ planning system

23/09/2020

The Government’s approach to regulating the quality of new homes is ‘broken’, campaigners say as a new study argues that tens of thousands of homes have legally avoided the planning system.

Calls for £1.3bn fund to buy-up private housing for social rent

23/09/2020

A £1.3bn National Housing Conversion Fund would create 42,500 new affordable homes and 9,300 new jobs, according to a new report.

Cold and damp homes putting millions more at risk of COVID-19, report warns

22/09/2020

Millions of people living in cold and damp homes could be more at risk of contracting coronavirus this winter, a new report has warned.

Study promotes ‘systemic change’ within the private rented sector

22/09/2020

A new study outlining measures that can be adopted to make the private rented sector (PRS) more secure for people from a diverse range of backgrounds has been launched.

Modular housing a 'game-changer' for housing and jobs, experts claim

22/09/2020

Modular housing is a ‘game changer’ and could deliver 75,000 homes a year, a report from experts has claimed.

Labour calls for extension of evictions ban to ‘avoid homelessness crisis’

18/09/2020

The Labour Party have called on the Government to extend the evictions ban due to end on Sunday to avoid a homelessness crisis this winter.

Manchester CC launches consultation on 270 home regeneration proposal

18/09/2020

Manchester City Council has launched a consultation on a regeneration plan that will see 270 new homes built in Collyhurst.

Councils warn of 'housebuilding fiasco'

15/09/2020

New government housing targets will lead to a north-south divide in England, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Council announces ‘innovative’ nitrate neutral development scheme

14/09/2020

Havant Borough Council has become the first local authority to enable nitrate neutral regeneration and redevelopment.

Renters facing eviction given a 'Christmas truce'

11/09/2020

The Government has announced a 'winter truce' on the enforcement of evictions over the Christmas period.

Calls to ban unregulated accommodation for under 18s in care

10/09/2020

Councils should be banned from placing vulnerable children in unregulated accommodation such as hostels or caravans, the Children’s Commissioner has said today.

Council apologises for leaving disabled dad in ‘mouse-infested’ house

10/09/2020

A London council has apologised after leaving a disabled dad and his family in mouldy, mouse-infested temporary accommodation for three years.

Funding boost to unlock surplus land for housing

10/09/2020

The Government has announced a £30m fund to help release surplus public sector land for new housing.

Manchester council to consider extending selective licensing schemes

09/09/2020

Manchester City Council’s executive will be asked to approve a consultation on extending selective licensing schemes to up to 12 new locations in the city which cover around 2,500 homes.

Government commits extra investment to house prison leavers

08/09/2020

The Government has pledged that an extra 1,700 prison leavers will receive closer supervision under plans to extend the number of places in approved premises.

Council chiefs welcome £12bn affordable housing fund

08/09/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Government’s affordable housing funding announcement, but called for more powers to deliver social homes in their local areas.

Housing Ombudsman names six councils with highest number of maladministration findings

07/09/2020

A new report from the housing Ombudsman has found that maladministration in the handling of complaints by landlords is the area of ‘most consistent concern’.

Four in ten homes granted planning permission go unbuilt, research shows

04/09/2020

The backlog of unbuilt homes that have been granted planning permission has grown by 100,00 in the last year, new research has revealed.

London council criticised for housing man in Birmingham costing him a job

27/08/2020

Merton Council has been criticised for housing a man from London in Birmingham, forcing him to give up his second job.

Derby council joins campaign for ‘once-in-a-generation’ investment in social housing

25/08/2020

Derby City Council and Derby Homes have joined a national campaign to make social housing a Government priority in the coronavirus recovery.

Local authority pension fund invests £150m in rental housing

25/08/2020

An investment manager for local authority pension funds has invested £150m in private rental housing provider Get Living.

‘Some way to go’ to ensure ex-service personnel have access to housing, trust says

25/08/2020

Trust dedicated to ensuring ex-service personnel can re-enter society has published proposals aimed at providing service leavers with affordable housing.

Evictions ban extended

21/08/2020

The Government has extended the ban on evictions of renters for a further month following lobbying by councils.

Councils warn of ‘avalanche of evictions’

21/08/2020

The local government sector is braced for a deluge of homelessness following the end of the evictions ban.

Women and single parents ‘most negatively impacted’ by COVID-19

20/08/2020

Women and single parents are likely to be most negatively impacted by COVID-19 and the pressures it is putting on social housing, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Welsh government announces £50m package to tackle homelessness

11/08/2020

The Welsh government has announced the onset of phase two of a package aimed at providing people with safe and secure homes.

Funding boost for neighbourhood planning groups

10/08/2020

Grants to neighbourhood planning groups in urban and deprived areas has nearly doubled, the Government has announced.

A modular solution to the housing crisis

10/08/2020

Richard Hyams says modular construction is the untapped answer to providing shelter to Britain’s homeless.

Reforms to fast-track local plans

06/08/2020

Councils will face sanctions unless they draw-up local plans within 30 months under government proposals to overhaul the planning system.

Winners of £900m for shovel ready schemes are announced

04/08/2020

Ministers have announced the 300 schemes that will receive a share of the £900m Getting Building Fund and confirmed £360m for mayoral combined authorities to fund homes on brownfield land.

Following Orders: five actions necessary for DCOs

29/07/2020

Matthew Spry and Nicki Mableson  argue that approving large housing schemes under a Development Consent Order will need clear guidance.

Hampshire councils sign £1.2bn joint venture for new garden community

29/07/2020

A public-private partnership to deliver 3,500 homes in Hampshire's new garden community has been agreed.

MPs call for 90,000 new social homes every year

27/07/2020

An extra £10bn in grant funding is required to deliver the number of social homes needed to meet demand, MPs have said today.

New design toolkit to create 'healthy housing'

24/07/2020

New design guidance to ensure housing developments create healthier communities has been launched.

Turn high street shops into new homes, urges report

22/07/2020

The Government should stop trying to slow the ‘inevitable’ decline of the high street and instead embrace new ways of saving urban centres, a new paper has argued.

London boroughs face £23m rent arrears due to Universal Credit

22/07/2020

The rollout of Universal Credit is leading to thousands of council tenants falling behind on rent payments, new research commissioned by London Councils has found.

Jenrick unveils extra funding to help house vulnerable people

20/07/2020

Councils are being encouraged to apply for the government’s £266m fund to help vulnerable people move into long-term accommodation.

Will ‘Build Build Build’ help construct council housing?

20/07/2020

Will ' Project Speed' helps councils to build more housing? Paul Butterworth reports.

Running on empty

17/07/2020

Mark Robinson discusses the widening gap in public sector funding and the implications for the sector’s built environment partners.

Commission warns 500,000 affordable homes at risk of being lost

16/07/2020

The affordable housing gap could widen by 500,000 over the next five years without urgent action, a report has warned today.

Selling off government car parks could deliver 110,000 new homes, study finds

15/07/2020

Public sector owned car parks have the potential to deliver more than 110,000 new homes while maintaining parking services, a new study has revealed.

Mistakes on homelessness are making matters worse, says Ombudsman

15/07/2020

Problems with the way councils are meeting their housing duties are making things worse for homeless people, the Ombudsman found.

Planning system is failing housing for the elderly, report finds

14/07/2020

The vast majority of housing-with-care planning applications are speculative, new research has revealed.

Council to bring housing management back in-house

10/07/2020

Islington Council is set to bring the management of homes back in-house once its current Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract comes to an end.

It’s time to get building

10/07/2020

Arshad Bhatti explains how airspace can help hit affordable housing targets.

Sunak outlines £3bn green investment package

08/07/2020

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced £1bn will be made available to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings, including schools and hospitals.

Supercharging council housing programmes

07/07/2020

Cllr Jacqui Wilkinson explains why councils are a safe pair of hands for kickstarting the economy.

Jenrick extends affordable homes scheme

06/07/2020

Councils will have a year longer to build affordable homes after construction stalled during the pandemic.

Charity warns 230,000 renters at risk of 'Covid-eviction'

06/07/2020

Nearly a quarter of a million private renters have fallen into arrears since the pandemic started, a homelessness charity has warned today.

Rent arrears could see homelessness treble this year, campaigners warn

01/07/2020

Homelessness could treble this year due to financial impact of coronavirus, campaigners have warned today.

Research suggests 84,000 fewer homes will be built this year due to Covid-19

30/06/2020

More than 80,000 new homes will not be delivered this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, research has revealed today.

Retrofit can provide a green stimulus to the UK’s regions

29/06/2020

Richard McWilliams argues that net zero objectives will only be met through a holistic approach to whole house retrofit.

Councils to prioritise social housing for veterans

29/06/2020

Councils have been told to give priority to members of the Armed Forces and veterans who have poor mental health when allocating social housing.

Landlords urged to factor pandemics into future business plans

29/06/2020

Landlords must factor in the threat of future pandemics into long-term business planning, according to research carried out amongst social housing leaders.

Calls for a flexible zoning system to end housing crisis

23/06/2020

A flexible zoning system would help build more homes in the UK and end the housing crisis, a new report has argued.

Councils call for 100,000 social homes for key worker 'heroes'

22/06/2020

A new report has called for 100,000 social homes to be built each year for health, care and other key workers.

Whitehall extends planning permission deadlines

22/06/2020

The Government has extended planning permission deadlines to ensure hundreds of construction projects do not run out of time during the pandemic.

Councils back evictions ban in face of landlord criticism

15/06/2020

Councils have insisted police powers can still be used to evict perpetrators of domestic violence amid the evictions ban.

Housing sector at risk of collapse due to Covid-19, think tank warns

10/06/2020

At least 76,000 homes are at risk of not being built this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a think tank has warned today.

Council sets up new development company

10/06/2020

Epping Forest District Council (EFDC) has launched a new development company to help deliver new homes, create more jobs and grow the local economy across the borough.

Local leaders join forces on home retrofit project

10/06/2020

A new project to help local and combined authorities upgrade the energy efficiency of their existing housing stock has been launched by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

Evictions suspended for a further two months

08/06/2020

Council chiefs have welcomed the ban on evictions for a further two months.

Council gets go-ahead for local plan judicial review

05/06/2020

Sevenoaks District Council has been given permission to bring a judicial review against the government's planning inspector’s after it refused to endorse its local plan.

Homes England agrees deals worth £300m

04/06/2020

Homes England has agreed three funding packages worth £300m to deliver 20,000 homes across the capital.

Frontline services warn of rise in homelessness

04/06/2020

Over of half of frontline services have seen a rise in homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic, research has revealed today.

Downsizing crucial to tackling ‘skewed’ housing market, says report

03/06/2020

Better housing options for older people in the UK could reduce the national housing target by 50,000 a year, a new report has found.

Council-owned housing company set for approval

02/06/2020

Manchester City Council is set to approve plans for a new housing development company to deliver at least 500 new homes every year.

Councils locked out of plans to lift lockdown

31/05/2020

Plans to lift the lockdown for people who have been shielded were not revealed to local government before they were announced at the weekend.

Homes England to invest £61m for 6,500 new homes in Cambridgeshire

29/05/2020

Homes England has agreed to invest £61m with developer Urban&Civic to deliver 6,500 new homes at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire.

Plan to build 6,000 new homes to 'end rough sleeping'

26/05/2020

The Government has pledged to provide long-term homes for those people taken off the streets during the pandemic.

Councils 'unlikely to cope' with rise in homelessness

22/05/2020

Campaigners have warned that councils are unlikely to cope with a rise in homelessness after figures showed half of homeless households were unable to secure a home before the pandemic.

‘Golden opportunity’ to end rough sleeping

22/05/2020

The Government has been urged to commit £100m to councils in a bid to end rough sleeping in England.

Securing the best sites for future development

15/05/2020

Katja Stille explains why a more strategic approach is needed for site allocation.

Jenrick launches plans to kickstart housing market

13/05/2020

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has restarted the housing market as part of the Government’s plans to ease lockdown.

Homes for Heroes calls for 100,000 affordable key worker homes

12/05/2020

The UK’s 15 largest housing associations have joined forces to call for 100,000 affordable new homes for key workers over the next five years.

Labour's five-point plan to protect renters from eviction

11/05/2020

Labour has published a five-point plan to prevent renters from being evicted during the coronavirus crisis.

CIPFA: 17 years to work through council housing waiting list

04/05/2020

It could take up to 17 years to re-house individuals and families on the waiting list for council housing, data analysis by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has revealed.

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