Property

Council warned to reduce or replace property portfolio by auditors

06/08/2019

Audit Scotland has told a council that it has 'limited time' to curb spending before its reserves run out.

How South Tyneside became Co-operative Council of the Year

16/07/2019

An unusual way of providing public services has proved successful in an area hit by unemployment and huge cuts in government funding, as Mark Whitehead found out.

£15 fund to make ‘creative’ use of historic buildings launched

02/07/2019

A multi-million pound fund has been launched to help transform high streets through the ‘creative’ use of underused historic buildings.

The future of town halls

28/06/2019

Jamie Coath explains how councils can unlock the potential of town halls to deliver social value and revenue.

Innovation is the new regeneration

24/06/2019

Rachel Dickie explains how a new joint venture will help cities across the country to create new ‘innovation districts’.

Buildings for those with autism

20/06/2019

Helen Pedder outlines the issues to consider when briefing designers on building for people with autism.

Communities urged to bid for share of Clean Energy Fund

19/06/2019

A £10m fund set up by the Government will encourage community groups to save on energy bills, cut emissions and make money by selling electricity back to the national grid.

Widening the property talent pool

17/06/2019

William Eichler finds out a new programme is encouraging young people to have a career in the property and regeneration sector.

Councils spend £74m on empty properties in two years

03/06/2019

Local authorities have spent millions maintaining empty properties over the last couple of years, anti-tax campaigners have revealed.

Council buys two buildings in £5m deal

24/05/2019

Mid Sussex District Council has agreed to purchase two commercial buildings to generate new rental income.

Can investing in property pay for services?

23/05/2019

Investing in property to help pay for services is an idea whose time may have passed, says Mark Whitehead

Substandard wall insulation found in Northern Ireland's social housing

16/05/2019

Nearly two-thirds of cavity wall insulation in Northern Ireland’s social housing stock fails to comply with current standards, new research has revealed.

Deal signed to deliver 3,000 new homes in Nottinghamshire

09/05/2019

Rushcliffe Borough Council has welcomed a new deal that will see thousands of new homes delivered in Nottinghamshire.

Whitehall to miss target to release enough land for 160,000 homes

02/05/2019

The Government is unlikely to reach its 2020 target to release sufficient public sector land to build 160,000 homes, auditors warn.

Council invests £35m in shopping centre

29/04/2019

Medway Council has spent nearly £35m on a new shopping centre as part of a wider regeneration programme.

Town hall of the future: bringing together the old and new

15/04/2019

A massive project in south London has transformed a jumble of old offices into a stylish set of buildings combining the traditional and modern to impressive effect. Mark Whitehead finds out more.

Top five priorities to future-proof the public estate

11/04/2019

From income generation to new funding models, Stephen Edgar outlines how directors can future-proof their public estate.

Village halls urged to bid for share of £3m refurbishment fund

05/04/2019

The Government has launched a £3m fund to improve village halls.

Protecting life and property

20/03/2019

Allison Whittington warns that building regulations are failing to keep pace with changes to the conversion market.

Protection from tenant insolvencies

15/03/2019

Daniel Stern looks at what authorities can do to protect themselves from tenant insolvencies in the retail sector.

Homes England to share office space with Coventry City Council

14/03/2019

The government’s housing agency is trialling shared office space with Coventry City Council as part of a move to work more closely with its regional partners.

Welsh council buys leisure park for £21m

12/03/2019

Monmouthshire County Council has purchased the freehold of Newport Leisure Park for £21m.

Council considers selling off venues to fund equal pay settlement

04/02/2019

Glasgow city councillors are expected to rubber stamp a multi-million pound package this week to settle the long-running dispute over equal pay for women employees.

Glasgow could move council offices to regeneration areas

30/01/2019

Plans to move council offices from the city centre to key regeneration sites are being considered by Glasgow City Council.

Council considers selling assets to pay £500m equal pay deal

22/01/2019

Glasgow City Council might be forced to sell off some of its major assets in order to pay for its recently reached £500m equal pay deal.

Council limits permitted development rights to protect office space

21/01/2019

Islington Council has saved hundreds of thousands of square metres worth of office space from being converted into expensive homes.

Essex council to invest £20m in commercial property

15/01/2019

Southend-on-Sea Council is set to invest £20m in commercial property in a bid to replace cuts in central government funding.

Shopping for retail sites

09/01/2019

James Duncan explains why investing in retail sites could help councils diversify their income streams.

Showcasing building excellence

18/12/2018

Public Property finds out why a new cinema in East Sussex has been crowned the ‘best public service building’ in a recent awards ceremony.

Capital allowances: The opportunity

12/12/2018

Jake Iles and Edward Pitt explain how councils can increase the sale price of assets by applying for a form of tax relief that can be passed onto private sector buyers.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2018

11/12/2018

From council pay rises to troubled outsourcing firms, here is our countdown of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2018.

Mayor agrees to buy airport in £40m deal

05/12/2018

Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) looks set to be brought back into public ownership as part of a £40m deal.

Whitehall unveils £2bn property investment portfolio

18/10/2018

The Government has invited foreign investors to put their money into a range of new schemes.

Workspace: Sky-high rents and dwindling supply

25/09/2018

Cllr Asima Shaikh explains how councils can make a meaningful difference to fledgling businesses and create decent, secure jobs.

Investing to earn strategy

18/09/2018

Robbie Blackhurst finds out how local authorities can follow the example of Liverpool City Council by adopting an ‘invest to earn’ strategy.

New lease of life for NHS

14/09/2018

Alex Green explains the role strategic property development is playing in the transformation of the NHS.

Assets: A new source of revenue

04/09/2018

A new report has outlined the three main risks councils face when investing in commercial property. Mark Whitehead reports.

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.

Council accused of 'putting public money at risk' over shopping centre investment

15/08/2018

A district council has been accused of putting public money at risk in a 35-year deal to lease a shopping centre from a commercial development company.

The scale of council investment in commercial property

04/07/2018

A new study has revealed local authorities have invested £3.8bn in commercial property to save struggling town centres. Dr Steve Norris and Ed Cooke report on the findings.

Dangerous cladding found on 297 private tower blocks

29/06/2018

The Government has pledged to support council efforts to improve private building safety after figures show 297 private sector high-rise residential buildings have unsafe cladding.

Councils sell off 4,000 public buildings a year, FOI requests reveal

19/06/2018

Local authorities have sold-off thousands of public buildings and spaces to private developers in order to cover the loss of central Government funding, charity finds.

Council adopts corporate property management strategy

16/04/2018

A corporate property management strategy has been adopted by Ashford Borough Council to handle its asset portfolio.

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Declaring a climate change emergency

Local authorities can play a key role in tackling climate change – and there is plenty for them to do. Never before has thinking globally and acting locally been more important, says Mark Whitehead.
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