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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.

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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.

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.

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Maidstone’s growth accelerator

William Eichler discovers how Maidstone BC managed to improve business survival rates and promote new start-ups through the creation of the Business Terrace.
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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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£21,188 - £25,675 depending on skills
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