Build back beautiful
A new report puts forward a hyper-local approach to overcoming the housing crisis, with councils the recipients of the tax levied on the uplift of developments. The proposals should be taken seriously, says Sir Bob Neill.
Croydon-owned developer slumps to £800k loss
Losses at Croydon LBC’s property development firm have continued to grow, according to newly filed accounts.
Supply chain understanding and development is key to retrofit success
The Green Homes Grant voucher scheme ends today, reportedly due to lack of take-up. Here, Richard Daley and Stephen Fox outline what councils need to do to increase retrofit activity.
MPs call for government to 're-commit' to Everyone In
Councils ‘can and should’ provide accommodation for all homeless people, a report by MPs has concluded.
Councils speak out over controversial planning laws
Councils have stressed they continue to need to have a voice in the planning process as new laws came into force.
Districts to warn government over New Homes Bonus changes
District councils are expected to urge the Government not to mess with a scheme that acts as a ‘powerful incentive’ to build new homes.
Treat the housing and homelessness crises as a national emergency
To eradicate rough sleeping by the end of this Parliament the Government needs to move beyond commissioning short-term accommodation solutions, says Brian Jennings.
Planning for climate power
A new report from APSE Energy looks at the practical ways in which the power of planning can be harnessed to embed climate change ambitions, say Phil Brennan and Paul O’Brien.
Sunderland’s big, bold, brave plan
Sunderland City Council is spearheading the vision for a new urban quarter that includes 1,000 homes, offices and a public sector hub – creating jobs and re-energising the city centre, says Patrick Melia.
Councils to be given five years to spend Right to Buy receipts
Councils will be given five years to spend receipts from Right to Buy sales as part of an overhaul of the key housing policy, local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.
An inflammatory situation
While fixing the cladding scandal may be a bitter pill for ministers to swallow, by not addressing it now, in full, we only create a false economy, says Sir Bob Neill.
Councils fear homelessness ‘tidal wave’
Local authorities are braced for a surge in the number of homeless people as protections put in place for the COVID-19 pandemic are allowed to lapse.
How to support local real estate projects post Brexit
Councils supporting local real estate development must adhere to a new subsidy regime following the revocation of EU state aid rules, explains Clive Bleasdale.
The search for answers on housing delivery
The consultation on the replacement to the New Homes Bonus does not shed any light on how the Government intends to resolve the tricky balancing act between growth incentives and local needs, says Adrian Jenkins.
Ban on bailiff evictions in England extended by six weeks
A ban on bailiff evictions has been extended until the end of March to protect renters during the current lockdown restrictions.
The practical difficulties of Scotland’s new short-term lets licensing regime
Stephen McGowan asks if Scotland’s new short-term lets licensing regime is a further load on local authorities.
Uncertain future for New Homes Bonus
Raising the baseline and withholding payments for councils without local plans are among a range of options in the Government’s consultation on the New Homes Bonus.
Confident about care
Hertfordshire CC’s new director of adult care services Chris Badger talks to Ann McGauran about investing in extra care housing, COVID’s legacy of loneliness, care market sustainability, and developing diverse teams.
Council to close housing company
Haringey LBC has announced it intends to insource its housing company.
Turning housing numbers into communities
The pandemic has shown that collaboration between county and district councils yields results, and they must also be capable of coming together to create the step change we need in how we turn housing numbers into communities, says Joanna Killian.