Walkley steps down from Homes England
Homes England chief executive Nick Walkley has announced he will step down at the end of next month.
Winning on social housing in Hull
The combination of austerity and welfare reform led Hull City Council to rethink its support for its social housing tenants. The end result has been an award winning service. The MJ reports.
Making the best of brownfield
When it comes to brownfield sites to build new homes on, there is no shortage of them, says Dr Malcolm Hockaday. But the data on where to find them is, at best, patchy and needs to be updated
Unearthing the success of heat pumps for high rise blocks
The safety and efficiency of tower blocks has come under intense scrutiny in recent years. Tim Woods explains what ENGIE UK is doing to support its clients to deliver safer homes
Alliance calls for a greener rethink to planning reforms
The Government has been urged to rethink its ‘damaging’ reforms to the planning system and put people, climate and nature at its heart by a coalition of 18 organisations.
Taxation tribulations for a post-COVID nation
Last weekend was the turn of policy ideas on council tax and stamp duty to be run anonymously in the Sunday papers, says Heather Jameson. 'But more intriguing was last week’s ten-minute rule Bill, calling for business rates to be scrapped.'
Hughes named new rough sleeping minister
Kelly Tolhurst stepped down from the role for family reasons after five months in the role.
A blueprint for locally-led green recovery
A coalition including councils, Ashden, ADEPT and others is arguing for five priorities for action to ensure the UK meets its 2050 net zero emissions target, says Cara Jenkinson.
Government urged to bring back Everyone In programme
The Government has been urged to ensure all rough sleepers are housed during the third national lockdown.
Merton to close development company
Councillors will be asked to wind up the authority’s development company next week without a brick being laid.
Jenrick announces revised plan for housing algorithm
The Government has announced a raft of new measures in an attempt to provide much-needed homes in urban areas and on brownfield sites.
Driving community wealth and green jobs in Lewes
Isaac Stanley looks at how Lewes DC is using the potential of community wealth building to increase opportunities for ‘green’ jobs, and to tackle both economic injustice and the threat posed by climate change.
Councils boycott ‘cruel and draconian’ deportation rules
Growing numbers of councils have refused to implement new government rules that could lead to migrant rough sleepers being deported.
Minister cools on national infrastructure levy
Government proposals for a national infrastructure levy may be dropped, a minister has suggested.
MPs savage abandoned £192m housing scheme
A £192m affordable housing programme that failed to deliver any homes has been labelled ‘deplorable’ by the Public Accounts Committee.
Turning the transfer tide in East Riding
Chris Newman and Louise Robinson look at the key considerations and lessons from what is believed to be the biggest transfer of tenanted homes so far from a housing association to a local authority.
Why town centres have intergenerational appeal
We will need many more affordable homes in the heart of our communities that work for people of all ages if we are serious about building a society for all generations, say Stephen Burke and Roland Karthaus.
Live Local Plan Monitor provides an up-to-date snapshot
Carter Jonas’ Live Local Plan Monitor is 'a unique web-based resource which provides comprehensive information on adopted plans, emerging plans, consultations and councils’ housing supply' says Peter Canavan.
Croydon's property firm ‘entirely dependent’ on council funding
Croydon LBC has come in for heavy criticism over the performance of its property company.
This hidden housing scandal has a specific human face
Pretty soon the shadow of the COVID crisis will lift - and hopefully the Grenfell inquiry will report one day - says Paul Wheeler. At some point soon we need to address the appalling record of the major builders in this country, he adds.