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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.

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Changing Places toilets to be installed in every new public building

20/07/2020

Toilets for severely disabled people will be mandatory in all new public buildings from next year, the Government has confirmed.

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.

Planning changes to protect theatres and music venues

13/07/2020

New planning rules to protect theatres, concert halls and live music performance venues from being demolished or redeveloped will come into effect next week.

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.

Jenrick extends affordable homes scheme

06/07/2020

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

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.

Sadiq Khan proposes City Hall move to save £55m

25/06/2020

The Greater London Authority (GLA) could soon be moved to a new headquarters in East London, under proposals put forward by mayor of London Sadiq Khan.

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.

Three quarters of fire doors inspected ‘not fit for purpose’

18/06/2020

More than three quarters (76%) of the fire doors inspected in 2019 were condemned as not fit for purpose, new data reveals.

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).

Council planning powers under threat

08/06/2020

Planning powers could be shifted from local authorities to development corporations as part of an economic stimulus package to be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson later this month.

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.

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.

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.

Launch of £1bn building safety fund

27/05/2020

The Government has outlined the details of its £1bn building safety fund.

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.

More councils sign pledge to continue with building safety work

07/05/2020

The leaders of 25 councils have signed a pledge to continue with vital building safety improvements during the pandemic.

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.

Councils call for more time to spend Right to Buy cash

28/04/2020

Council leaders have called for more time to spend money from Right to Buy sales, as most housebuilding has been halted in the wake of coronavirus.

Council-owned housing companies increase housing targets in past year

28/04/2020

The lifting of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) cap has helped council-owned housing companies increase their new-build housing targets by 70% in the past year, a new survey has revealed.

Research shows ‘boom’ in build-to-rent homes

23/04/2020

The number of build-to-rent homes has increased by 12% in the past year, new research has revealed.

Birmingham signs major development deal

23/04/2020

A new deal to unlock up to 1,000 new homes has been agreed between Birmingham City Council and Homes England.

Schools minister outlines funding for school estate

23/04/2020

The Government has confirmed £2.2bn of capital funding will be provided to improve the condition of the school estate and create new school places.

Cladding remediation work to pick up pace

23/04/2020

Vital building safety work to replace unsafe cladding on high-rise buildings that had ‘significantly slowed down’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will resume, it has been announced.

Government announces ‘biggest changes to building safety in a generation’

03/04/2020

The Government has announced steps to further reform building safety, including mandatory sprinkler systems and consistent wayfinding signage in all new high-rise blocks over 11 metres tall.

Sunderland landmarks lit blue as ‘mark of gratitude’ to health workers

25/03/2020

Landmarks across Sunderland are being lit blue in a symbolic show of support for the NHS and social care workers.

Tenants protected from eviction during coronavirus outbreak

19/03/2020

Council leaders have welcomed measures to protect renters from being evicted due to the coronavirus crisis.

Jenrick 'deeply disappointed' in housing delivery under Khan

13/03/2020

The number of homes being delivered in the capital under Sadiq Khan has been ‘deeply disappointing’, according to secretary of state for housing Robert Jenrick.

Budget 2020: £1.5bn boost to improve FE college estate

11/03/2020

The chancellor has unveiled plans to invest £1.5bn over five years to improve the condition of the further education college estate.

Budget 2020: £1bn Building Safety Fund to remove unsafe cladding

11/03/2020

A new £1bn fund to remove unsafe cladding from high-rise buildings has been unveiled today by the chancellor.

Council chiefs call for freedom to cut carbon emissions from housebuilding

06/03/2020

Council leaders and mayors from across the political spectrum are calling on the Government to abandon proposed restrictions on their ability to cut carbon emissions from housebuilding.

Council chiefs worry £5bn Right to Buy discounts ‘threaten’ scheme

04/03/2020

Local authority leaders have warned that billions of pounds of centrally determined national discounts are threatening the future of Right to Buy (RtB).

Study reveals eight-year ‘time lag’ in delivery of large housing sites

26/02/2020

Large housing sites of 2,000-or-more take on average eight years to deliver their first home from submitting the initial planning application, study reveals.

Environment Agency chief executive calls for more flood resilience

25/02/2020

A new ‘twin track’ approach focused on better flood protection and resilience is needed to deal with the climate emergency, the chief executive of the Environment Agency says.

Club used in the film The Full Monty ‘temporarily’ saved

20/02/2020

The planned demolition of the working men’s club used in the film The Full Monty has been temporarily postponed.

New pilot to turn existing social homes into net-zero properties

20/02/2020

A pilot to turn existing council homes into net-zero energy properties is being trialled by Exeter City Council.

Legal & General commits £100m pension money for affordable housing

19/02/2020

Insurance giant Legal & General has provided £100m of long term debt financing to its affordable housing business.

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.

Calls to close down Harlow’s office blocks ‘ghettos’

14/02/2020

Converted office blocks that are being used to house vulnerable homeless people should be closed down, the MP for Harlow has said.

Auditors raise concerns over councils spending £6.6bn on property

13/02/2020

Councils have spent £6.6bn on purchasing commercial property in the past three years, the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed today.

Permitted development ‘doesn’t work’ and needs an overhaul, architects say

10/02/2020

Permitted development requirements should be extended to ensure new buildings contribute to the wellbeing of residents, an architectural firm has said.

Aberdeen council considers selling buildings for £45m

04/02/2020

Aberdeen City Council is considering selling off hundreds of public buildings in an attempt to find millions of pounds of funding.

UK ‘haemorrhaging’ social housing, charity warns

28/01/2020

A homelessness charity has warned in response to new Government figures that the UK is ‘haemorrhaging’ social housing each year.

Nearly half of councils unsure of their carbon footprint, research finds

28/01/2020

Nearly half of councils in England do not know their own carbon footprint, new research has revealed.

Councils call for £500m to upgrade outdated leisure centres

27/01/2020

A quarter of all council-run leisure centres have not been refurbished in more than 20 years, new figures have revealed.

Boroughs in GP estate devolution call

24/01/2020

London Councils has called for more devolution to boroughs of decisions on the GP estate.

Councils 'coming up short' in helping self-builders, say campaigners

22/01/2020

Campaigners have accused some councils of using 'dirty tricks' to stop people from building their own home.

Scottish councils granted powers to regulate short-term lets

09/01/2020

Local authorities in Scotland are to be given new powers to regulate short-term lets where they decide this is in the interests of local communities.

Councils still being held back from building more homes finds report

07/01/2020

Local authorities are still being held back from providing more homes, a new report examining the future for council housing has argued.

Welsh government bans combustible cladding

23/12/2019

Welsh government has banned the use of combustible cladding on high rise buildings following the Hackitt review into fire safety after the Grenfell tragedy.

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