Land

The Brownfield Land Release Fund

21/10/2021

To what extent does this early initiative of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities deliver on the ‘levelling up’ agenda? Lawrence Turner reports.

Shortage of land holding back new homes, small builders warn

20/10/2021

A lack of land is the main barrier preventing more homes from being built, small builders have warned in a new survey.

Homes England launches £20bn dynamic purchasing system

07/09/2021

Councils and housing associations will find it easier to build houses thanks to reforms in the way Homes England procures housebuilders and disposes of land.

Councils to set priorities for First Homes scheme

04/06/2021

Councils will be able to set a ‘local connection test’ to give priority to people such as key workers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Selling public land has created ‘minuscule’ amount of affordable housing, think tank says

18/02/2020

The Government has sold enough public land for developers to build 131,000 homes, but only 2.6% of those homes will be for social rent, think tank reveals.

Whitehall ‘failing’ to meet target for land sales

24/07/2019

MPs have accused the Government of failing to meet its target for selling land to make way for new homes.

Councils build ‘highest number’ of houses since 1990

25/06/2019

Over 13,000 new houses were delivered by local authorities last year, town planners have calculated – the highest number since 1990.

Labour considers abolishing council tax for renters

04/06/2019

Labour Party is considering proposals to replace council tax with a ‘progressive property tax’, which would be payable by property owners rather than tenants.

Court orders new age travellers to leave ski park

06/03/2019

New age travellers living near an abandoned ski park in Sheffield have been ordered to leave to make way for a multi-million pound extreme sports site.

Council spent £4m clearing illegal traveller site

16/10/2018

The local authority responsible for removing the illegal Dale Farm traveller encampment is seeking to recover the over £4m of costs incurred by the action.

Brokenshire unveils £1.9bn to overcome building barriers

17/09/2018

The Government has announced nearly £2bn investment to help unlock development and overcome barriers to building new homes.

Councils should benefit from land value ‘uplift’, MPs say

13/09/2018

Increases in land value that result from policy decisions should be shared with councils and should not just go into the pockets of developers, MPs say.

Liverpool transfers land charges data to ‘national register’

03/09/2018

Liverpool City Council has become the second local authority to migrate its local land charges data to a new national register.

Freeze price of land to deliver affordable housing, think tank says

28/08/2018

The Government should limit the ‘windfall gains’ of landowners by freezing the price of land newly designated for housing, a progressive think tank says.

Land compensation rules ‘barrier’ to development, think tank says

16/04/2018

A change in the UK’s land compensation rules could lead to local authorities having an extra £9.3bn to invest in infrastructure, think tank says.

Cheshire East refers land purchase to police

07/03/2018

Cheshire East Council have referred two new matters of concern to the local police after an assessment flagged concerns over the purchase of a plot of land.

First councils submit land charges data to new register

02/03/2018

The first group of local authorities have started providing records for the launch of a new national Local Land Charges (LLC) register.

Doctor Who costs Cardiff taxpayers £1m

23/02/2018

Cardiff taxpayers are over £1m out of pocket as a Doctor Who exhibition fails to attract visitors.

Finding land for development

20/12/2017

Stefan Webb explains how data platforms can improve the speed, quality and cost of planning.

Government’s ‘pre-occupation’ with housing costs business

04/12/2017

The Government’s focus on new homes is leading to increased pressure on the availability of employment land and premises, businesses say.

Whitehall’s failure to prioritise local housing needs perpetuates crisis, report warns

20/09/2017

Government’s ‘failure’ to prioritise local housing needs over market demand will perpetuate housing crisis and use up space in the countryside, report claims.

Council installs security measures to stop ‘unauthorised incursions’ on land

15/08/2017

Reading Council has announced it will be undertaking work to install security measures to prevent ‘unauthorised incursions’ on public land.

Council announces ‘stopping sites’ for Gypsy and Traveller families

27/07/2017

Leeds Council has introduced a scheme designed to help Gypsy and Traveller families set up camp on ‘appropriate sites’.

The cost of glyphosate-based weed killers

26/07/2017

While some councils may be banning the use of glyphosate-based herbicides, others still advocate their use to control weeds. William Eichler investigates.

Land banking punishes working families, campaigners say

07/07/2017

Nearly one in three houses that have been given the go ahead never get built, according to homelessness campaigners.

Council allocates £30,000 to evict squatter

09/06/2017

A district council has decided to take ‘tough action’ to remove a man living on an unauthorised residential plot of land.

Holyrood records decrease in derelict and urban vacant land

26/04/2017

The total amount of derelict and urban vacant land in Scotland has decreased by 2%, according to the Scottish government.

Everton FC agrees new stadium deal with Liverpool council

24/03/2017

Liverpool City Council is set to agree the principles of an ‘innovative finance model’ with a Premier League football club in order to build a new stadium.

Campaigners propose new Government department to co-ordinate land use

06/03/2017

The Government should create a ‘Department of Land Use’ in order to allow for a nationally co-ordinated approach to land use, campaigners argue.

The Brownfield Land Release Fund image

The Brownfield Land Release Fund

To what extent does this early initiative of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities deliver on the ‘levelling up’ agenda? Lawrence Turner reports.
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