Persimmon takes profits hit
Housebuilder Persimmon has announced a fall in profits as it attempts to salvage its reputation.
Mastering the art of commercial destiny
Solace has been considering how councils should best participate in the market. Eric Bohl reports on local government’s investment areas, and outlines the key tests for commercial plans.
Flood prevention the holistic way
Heavy flooding and the activation of the emergency Bellwin scheme saw North Yorkshire CC calling for the system of Government support for councils to be overhauled. Nick Fraser believes a holistic approach will improve flood risk management
Councils push for powers to regulate Airbnb accommodation
Bath & North East Somerset Council has joined calls for powers to regulate Airbnb accommodation.
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.
All managers have to anticipate
Managers need to be able to distinguish growing problems from everyday problems, says Blair Mcpherson
Aberdeen announces 369-home development
Aberdeen City Council has selected CHAP Group to build 369 homes.
Councils asked for verdict on Persimmon overhaul
Councils are among the 100,000 organisations approached to take part in an independent review into housebuilder Persimmon.
Planning stability will drive housebuilding growth
Joe Ridgeon says as we wrestle with a protracted housing crisis, ‘braver and brighter new thinking and adopting land reform can surely offer one possible way forward’.
Help to Buy and the future of demand
John Keyes says the housing industry has a collective responsibility to prepare for Help to Buy’s discontinuation and councils are a key part of this as policy makers and increasingly as a direct provider of homes.
Legal & General’s housing investment in Croydon is ‘long term and ethically-minded’
Jonathan Bunt and Pete Gladwell outline how an innovative investment partnership between Legal & General and Croydon LBC is providing 167 homes for families on housing waiting lists 'at a cheaper effective rate than the Public Works Loan Board'.
Acquisition delivers revenue boost for Mears
Mears’ acquisition of a rival social housing business has helped drive up its revenues so far this year.
280,000 approved homes not completed
The number of planning permissions granted far outweighs the number of completions, according to new research.
Morgan Sindall capitalises on council contract wins
Morgan Sindall’s property services arm has helped bolster the group’s profit margins this year.
What an opportunity for a housing minister to be radical and bold
Paul O'Brien says there needs to be a wider recognition at a central and local level of the linkages between place-making and the delivery of homes in terms of health and wellbeing, life chances and local economies.
Morgan Sindall seals £1bn venture with Brentwood
Brentwood BC has approved the formation of a £1bn joint venture with Morgan Sindall Investments.
Say what you see
Views may differ about the impact housing minister Kit Malthouse had during his year in that most revolving door of ministerial jobs.
Redditch slapped with rare Section 24
Auditor Grant Thornton has slapped Redditch BC with a rare Section 24 notice and urged it to take urgent steps to address its financial challenges.
Collaboration is the default way in Herts
Broxbourne BC and Hertfordshire CC are moving towards final approval process on a £400m scheme to create a new town centre at Brookfield Riverside. Scott Crudgington and Jeff Stack discuss the key elements of the close collaboration.
Brokenshire leaves Cabinet after Johnson arrival
Local government secretary James Brokenshire has announced he will be ‘heading to the backbenches’.