• Making strategic spatial planning successful

    11 April 2024

    In Localis’s new essay collection, Catriona Riddell looks at developing agreement on housing supply: aligning community engagement and strategic spatial planning.

  • Agency will need to work with councils

    10 April 2024

    Homes England chief executive Peter Denton has vowed to refocus efforts on delivering new housing in a market that desperately needs it, says Heather Jameson.

  • Building consent

    08 April 2024

    As Localis publishes an essay collection looking at how homes and developments may be built in harmony with existing communities, Jonathan Werran considers the history of housing and planning.

  • Empower places to build more homes

    08 April 2024

    Cities that grow their economies and population, but not their housing stock get into real trouble, says Manchester City Council leader Bev Craig.

  • Homes England urged to strengthen relations with local government

    08 April 2024

    An independent review of Homes England has urged officials to 'build closer relationships' with councils.

  • Public health directors call for better regulation of private rented sector

    04 April 2024

    Public health directors have welcomed measures aimed at improving social housing but called for more action to tackle poor conditions in the private sector.

  • Chief executive rejects MP's 'fraud' claims

    03 April 2024

    Rossendale BC’s chief executive has spoken out to rebuff fraud claims made by the Conservative MP.

  • Let’s restart the housing debate

    03 April 2024

    Key Cities’ manifesto details nine policy recommendations to help councils address the housing shortage – and the next Government must begin introducing targets on day one, says Lorna Fielker.

  • Tackling homelessness US-style

    03 April 2024

    Andrew Vaux looks at the success of a project based on an international model that is tackling homelessness in one of the UK’s largest cities.

  • Support for Zane's Law gathers momentum

    02 April 2024

    Two more councils have backed calls for greater transparency over contaminated land and waters following the death of a seven-year-old boy.

  • Proposed law could ease housing emergencies

    27 March 2024

    Scottish councils may be required to assess the condition of private rented accommodation under a proposed law.

  • Crises to continue as we lurch towards a General Election

    26 March 2024

    The MJ's 24-hour Future Forum summit cantered through a collection of catastrophes, says Heather Jameson. 'Perhaps we ought to conclude that watching local government is more like the Anatomy of a Fall. But at least it’s not quite Oppenheimer. Yet.'

  • Plymouth’s rapid reaction

    26 March 2024

    The discovery of a live 70-year-old bomb in Plymouth led to the biggest evacuation in the UK since the Second World War. Tracey Lee outlines the city’s response and the lessons learned.

  • Hail our local heroes

    25 March 2024

    Councils have proven their mettle – now give them the trust and respect they deserve, writes Baroness Sharon Taylor.

  • Supporting communities together

    25 March 2024

    Genuine collaboration between housing associations and councils can help them meet their combined ambitions for communities and neighbourhoods, says Felicity Hunt.

  • Call for reintroduction of housing targets

    22 March 2024

    A cross-party coalition representing 27 mid-sized regional British cities has called for the next Government to reintroduce local housebuilding targets.

  • Future Forum: Call for 'wholesale' return to council housing

    21 March 2024

    The only thing that will solve Britain’s housing crisis will be a ‘wholesale return to council housing,’ according to the chair of UK Innovation Corridor, Jackie Sadek.

  • Can the Liverpool city region seize its golden moment?

    20 March 2024

    A Manifesto for Liverpool City Region addresses the economic, social, environmental and political challenges facing the next UK Government, say Dr Tom Arnold and Dr James Hickson.

  • Combined recipe for healthy communities

    20 March 2024

    Tom Lloyd Goodwin highlights a programme designed to deliver more insight into mayoral combined authorities’ efforts to improve health, and to look at how these could be scaled to achieve more impact.

  • Southend-on-Sea says other councils soaking up supported living capacity

    18 March 2024

    Southend-on-Sea City Council has revealed a significant amount of its supported living capacity is taken up by out-of-area placements from other councils.