'Inspirational' Ritchie to step down
Newcastle City Council’s ‘inspirational’ chief executive Pat Ritchie has today announced she will stand down in the autumn after eight-and-a-half years in the role.
Capacity support for councils’ housing delivery teams
To help meet the Government’s ambition of creating 300,000 homes a year by 2024, Local Partnerships is encouraging authorities to take advantage of Homes England’s Local Government Capacity Centre (LGCC), says Judith Atkinson.
County poised to reject £15m grant
Senior Leicestershire CC councillors are poised to turn down £15m of Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) cash because the project represents ‘too great a financial risk’.
County leader in planning power grab
A council leader has called for counties to be given planning powers for ‘big infrastructure’ as he seeks to break the deadlock with a district.
MJ Housing: Affordability, sustainablity, economy – the housing challenges
After his four year stint as chief executive of Homes England, Nick Walkley has a clear understanding of the challenges facing the housing sector – and where local government fits in. He talks to Heather Jameson about what he has learned.
Trio drop out of flagship fund
Three local authorities have now dropped out of the Government’s flagship Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), it has emerged.
Walkley steps down from Homes England
Homes England chief executive Nick Walkley has announced he will step down at the end of next month.
HOUSING: You get what you give
Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran asks what the inability to deliver a multi-year finance settlement means for housing recovery.
Housing MJ: Delivering housing today, tomorrow...and beyond
Just changing the planning system will not solve the housing crisis, says Cllr Linda Hobson. That’s why Newcastle City Council has launched a range of programmes to target different problems and needs.
Developing talent for a growing housing agenda
With house-building high on the agenda, and a perceived lack of ready made talent in this area within the sector, Helen Anderson says it is more important than ever to be open minded and focus on building your own talent pipeline.
We've only just begun
After working with councils to get thousands of rough sleepers off the streets, Dame Louise Casey tells Heather Jameson about the next task - ending rough sleeping for good.
No starter homes have yet been built, investigation finds
None of the Government’s planned ‘starter homes’ have yet been built as legislation has not been implemented, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
Why telling a straight story matters
How do you create the compelling narrative that in the first case secures funding, but also engages people who need to change how they think and what they do, asks Tracie Langley. Sometimes reality is just too complex - 'so simple narratives work'.
Unprecedented joint Spending Review bid floated
An unprecedented joint bid could be made to next year’s Spending Review by Core Cities, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Homes England.
We cannot afford to take no for an answer
Louise Round says Tandridge DC was not 'one of the lucky 50' to get through to the second round of the Future High Streets funding round. She hopes Government will not make the second stage disproportionately difficult for councils to take part in.
Going for growth at Homes England
Homes England is almost doubling in size. This rapid ramp-up comes with some sizable problems, says Tracie Evans. The biggest challenge is for the existing and new cohorts to work collaboratively to co-create a 'bold and fearless culture'.
Landing new homes
The Government’s ambitious plans to boost housing supply is being hampered by a lack of land, so Homes England is working with councils and partners to free up spaces to build, says Stephen Kinsella.
When all the housing markets are broken
Eric Bohl argues that local government needs to campaign assertively on a range of housing issues in order to benefit from, take part in and shape the market, as well as deliver on local priorities.
Our chance to build
Tony Clements looks at the large-scale work Ealing LBC has embarked on to provide affordable homes, which is being mirrored by councils across the country, and says that in the shadow of crisis now is the time to show we can deliver.
Homes England strikes multi-million pound deal with Japanese housebuilder
Japan’s biggest housebuilder has moved into the UK market after striking a £90m deal with Homes England and regeneration firm Urban Splash.