This year’s model
As the tenth Conservative housing minister in a decade assumes the position, Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran assesses the political and policy challenges in the light of last week’s reshuffle.
Norwich housing company braced for losses
A housing company owned by Norwich City Council is facing making a loss on its first scheme.
Ensuring a commercial hit
Heather Jameson examines the findings of a round table featuring local government lawyers hosted by The MJ and Penna.
Jackie Sadek outlines how an ambitious extension to the market town of Biggleswade is set to transform the area and provide a template for planned communities supporting an existing town centre.
Building a new housing approach
A new document explores why we are seeing the rise of local authority-led housing delivery, and the role planners can play in this. Laura Sharman explains.
Westminster’s filling in nicely
Cllr Rachael Robathan reveals how Westminster City Council has employed creative solutions to deliver affordable housing in traditionally-complicated places.
Ahead of the impending introduction of new licensing powers for short-term lets in Scotland, Stephen McGowan says the Scottish Government needs to give full attention to the impact the regulations will pose to already-struggling local authorities.
Sharing our specialist local plan know-how
Many councils simply lack the staff to prepare a local plan, but Richard Kay outlines how Peterborough City Council tackled this by deciding to share its spare capacity, providing important expertise to other councils.
An allied approach to success in Oldham
Dr Carolyn Wilkins outlines Oldham MBC’s journey to further health and social care integration and her ambitions for the future. She says it’s time ‘to gain an even deeper understanding of our place, assets and resources’.
Building Community Power in Bristol
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees outlines why the city has joined the Keep it Local network – a new coalition of councils who are seeking to harness the power of community.
Building company to give 200 houses to homeless
Housebuilding company Hill is to donate 200 homes worth more than £10m to house homeless people.
Healey calls for new rough sleeping taskforce
Ministers will not end rough sleeping in this country before 2082 based on its current rate of progress, shadow housing secretary, John Healey, has said.
Let’s replace Britain’s ‘old, cold housing stock’
As well as helping to tackle climate change, Adam Cunnington believes creating a new generation of low carbon homes creates a win-win for councils, taxpayers and residents.
Hertfordshire’s growing gains
Patsy Dell describes how collaborative working across the two-tier system has delivered a place-based programme that responds proactively to Hertfordshire’s growth ambitions and challenges.
Cyber Central transformation
Rather than wait for a private developer to buy land next to the GCHQ building, the council stepped in to ensure the site is used for inclusive economic growth. Heather Jameson talks to acting chief executive of Cheltenham BC, Tim Atkins.
Beyond the supply and demand equation
While we need to rapidly increase the supply of new homes, simply building more will not be enough; what we build, not just how much we build, matters, says Claire Kober.
How important are ministers?
When you couple a high turnover of ministers with a high turnover of senior civil servants, as is also happening right now because Brexit is sucking up resources, then there’s a problem, says Michael Burton.
Seven out of 10 councils overspend on homelessness
Seven out of 10 English councils overspent their homelessness budgets in 2018/19 by a combined total of nearly £115m, Local Government Association (LGA) analysis has found.
Council owned properties must be part of the climate emergency response
Current energy efficiency delivery ‘at least for domestic properties, is at an all-time low’ says chief executive of Community Energy England Emma Bridge.
Sector presses for further action on cladding
Building safety reforms billed as the ‘biggest change for a generation’ do not go far enough to clamp down on potentially dangerous cladding, councils argued this week.