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Sutton completes first council housing in 30 years

15/08/2019
The London Borough of Sutton has completed its first programme of new council house building in three decades with the delivery of nearly 100 homes.

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Move to ban 'poor doors' in new housing developments

22/07/2019

The segregation of social housing residents in mixed-tenure developments will be banned under new measures announced by the Government.

Permitted developments in danger of becoming ‘the new slum housing’

16/07/2019

Half of local authorities in England think homes created using permitted development rights could threaten people’s health and wellbeing.

Oxford council to remove ‘dangerous’ cladding from tower block

12/07/2019

Oxford City Council has announced it will remove cladding from a residential tower block after it failed a fire safety test.

Majority of high-rise social housing without sprinklers decade after Lakanal House fire

03/07/2019

Around 95% of high-rise social housing blocks are still without sprinklers 10 years after the Lakanal House fire took the lives of six people.

MPs call for modern construction methods to solve housing crisis

03/07/2019

The Government must encourage the use of modern construction methods to solve the housing crisis, MPs have warned.

District councils building more homes thanks to scrapping of HRA borrowing cap

02/07/2019

More homes are being built because of the Government lifting a cap on how much councils can spend, according to a new report.

£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.

Whitehall’s 300,000 house building target ‘way off track’

26/06/2019

The Government's target of delivering 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s is in danger because of a 'lack of decisive action', MPs have warned.

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.

Blackpool museum allocated £4m in lottery funding

24/06/2019

A museum celebrating Blackpool’s role in the development of British culture has been allocated £4m in lottery funding.

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.

Building on 'brownfield' sites at five-year low

03/06/2019

Construction on derelict land has fallen to a five-year low while development in countryside areas has increased, according to the latest figures.

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.

Parks in danger of being sold, campaigners warn

23/05/2019

Campaigners are calling on local government and landowners to legally protect the parks and green spaces they own.

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.

Accessible toilets to be compulsory in new public buildings

13/05/2019

The Government has published proposals to make toilets that are accessible for disabled people compulsory in all new or refurbished public buildings.

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.

Council accreditation scheme ‘discriminatory’, landlords say

09/05/2019

A landlord accreditation scheme in Oxford is ‘discriminatory and unlawful’, a landlord association has claimed.

New housing should meet 10 safety principles, planners say

03/05/2019

Planners have called for new legislation that would help tackle concerns over poor-quality housing.

Homeless shelter closes due to safety concerns

03/05/2019

A homeless centre in Shrewsbury has been temporarily closed down after safety concerns about the building were brought to Shropshire Council’s attention.

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.

Council to push ahead with £2m scheme to renovate ‘dilapidated’ flats

25/04/2019

Great Yarmouth council is to go ahead with a scheme to buy up dilapidated flats and bed sits and renovate them for sale or rent.

Modular homes to be developed for homeless families in London

16/04/2019

Temporary modular homes are to be developed for homeless families in the capital following a £11m investment by mayor Sadiq Khan.

Worthing’s Art Deco pier named best in the UK

11/04/2019

Worthing’s Grade II Listed Art Deco pier has been voted the best in the UK for 2019.

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.

Housing experts call for more regulation on Airbnb-style lets

04/04/2019

The Chartered Institute of Housing has called for regulation of Airbnb-style short-term lets to prevent the loss of private rented homes.

Taunton Deane to build 230 new homes

29/03/2019

Councillors in Taunton Deane yesterday approved plans to build up to 230 new homes.

Council announces joint venture worth £1bn

22/03/2019

Brentwood Borough Council has announced a new contract with Morgan Sindall Investments to deliver new homes and commercial facilities.

Whitehall lends partnership over £7m for Birmingham development

21/03/2019

The Government has agreed to a £7.45m loan in order to kick start the development of a brownfield site in Birmingham city centre.

Basildon secures £30m housing funding boost

19/03/2019

More than 760 new homes are set to be built in Basildon following a £30m funding boost from the Government's housing agency.

Stevenage BC signs ‘major’ development deal worth £350m

15/03/2019

Stevenage Borough Council and Mace have signed a ‘major new agreement’ to work in partnership on the long-term transformation of Stevenage town centre.

Southern cities provide more jobs for low-skilled workers than in the North

07/03/2019

Employment opportunities are greater for low-skilled workers in southern English cities than those in the North or Midlands, a think tank has discovered.

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.

Permitted development rules are exacerbating affordable housing crisis, councils warn

27/11/2018

Government rules to allow developers to convert offices into housing without planning permission has led to communities missing out on 10,000 affordable homes in the past three years, council leaders have warned

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.

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.

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.

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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