Public Property

Council closes property company to focus on building 300 new homes

13/11/2019
An arms-length local authority property company is to be wound up when its first project has been completed in the New Year.

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Council approves Santander’s £75m campus

21/10/2019

Sefton Council has formally approved plans for a multi-million pound investment to create a state-of-the-art campus in Bootle.

South Kilburn residents ‘overwhelmingly’ back regeneration

17/10/2019

Residents of South Kilburn Estate in Brent have overwhelmingly backed council plans to rebuild their neighbourhood following the biggest ever resident ballot of its kind in London.

Queen's Speech 19: Whitehall to ‘implement’ new building safety standards

14/10/2019

The Government plans to ‘implement new building safety standards’ in order to prevent a repeat of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, according to the Queen’s speech.

Ashford BC’s local plan ‘legally sound’, court rules

11/10/2019

The High Court has rejected a case brought against Ashford Borough Council’s local plan, which the court concluded was legally ‘sound’.

Public property hubs to be delivered in Birmingham and Peterborough

11/10/2019

Peterborough and Birmingham are the latest places to benefit from a government programme to regenerate city centre sites.

Norwich council estate wins top architecture prize

09/10/2019

A council estate in Norwich has been named as the UK’s best new building.

Sussex council green lights 3,000 new homes

07/10/2019

A planning committee in Sussex has given the green light to a construction project that will see thousands of new homes delivered in the area.

Oxford to lose out on millions due to planning rule changes

03/10/2019

Oxford City Council has warned that the city could lose out on hundreds of new council houses due to changes in the national framework which guides planning policy.

Trafford Council signs £50m property deal

03/10/2019

Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works have exchanged contracts on a £50m joint venture.

All council buildings in Southampton to use 100% green electricity

01/10/2019

All commercial buildings owned by Southampton City Council will now be powered by renewable energy, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 7,000 tonnes a year.

Councils attack plans to extend permitted development rules

01/10/2019

The Government has announced plans to extend permitted development rules to allow developers to convert commercial buildings into homes without planning permission.

Council buys waterfront land for £1

27/09/2019

Liverpool City Council has bought more than 55,000 sq metres of prime waterfront land for £1.

Scotland sees a 15% increase in its housing supply

24/09/2019

Scotland has seen an increase in its housing supply for the sixth year in a row, new figures reveal.

Council chiefs call for devolution process to be ‘reignited’

20/09/2019

The Government must 'reignite the devolution process' to give all parts of England more powers and funding, council leaders have demanded.

Two-thirds of English schools rated ‘poor’ for fire protection

18/09/2019

Over 60% of English schools are rated ‘poor’ for fire protection systems, with only one in 20 rated ‘excellent’, new research has revealed.

Processes for allocating social housing excluding ‘vulnerable’, think tank warns

18/09/2019

The rules and processes designed to decide who gets access to social housing could be failing people in greatest need, housing experts warn.

£150m housing scheme to go ahead on former Toys R Us site

12/09/2019

Housing and new offices are set to go ahead on a former Toys R Us site in Southampton.

Council to help deliver over 80 ‘cutting-edge’ properties

10/09/2019

A district council in Cambridgeshire has welcomed the Government’s decision to build what they describe as ‘cutting-edge, designer council homes’ in Northstowe.

Council backs £54,000 hearing loop scheme

09/09/2019

Southampton City Council has teamed up with local organisations in an effort to make Southampton the first city in the UK to have a hearing loop system in every public building.

Approval for new public services hub in Ellesmere Port

05/09/2019

Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning committee have approved plans for a new 'public services hub' and bus zone in Ellesmere Port.

County announces two major property investments

05/09/2019

Cambridgeshire County Council has announced the details of two major property investments in deals worth over £60m.

Hackney to take developer to court

02/09/2019

A London borough is preparing to take legal action against a developer over fire safety fears in a block of flats.

£450m flagship regeneration project scrapped

28/08/2019

Southampton City Council has terminated an agreement for a multi-million pound regeneration project.

Repair and maintenance of public housing hits 20-year low

28/08/2019

The amount of money spent on repairing public housing fell to an all-time low in 2018, new research has revealed.

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.

Plans outlined for UK’s first plastic free homes

14/08/2019

A housing association has pledged to build 12 new homes that are virtually free of plastic.

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.

Council announces £57m funding for estate next to Grenfell

25/07/2019

Kensington and Chelsea Council are to invest £57m transforming an estate next to Grenfell Tower.

LEDs help council reduce energy consumption by over 60%

24/07/2019

Leicestershire County Council has reduced its energy consumption by 63% in three years thanks to the installation of LEDs.

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.

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.

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Rise in digital construction

Lee Ramsey explains how digital construction can help local authorities create better buildings and stronger communities.
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Alternative lending sources

Roxana Mohammadian-Molina explores how innovative sources of funding can help solve the UK’s housing shortage.
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