Reforms to fast-track local plans
Councils will face sanctions unless they draw-up local plans within 30 months under government proposals to overhaul the planning system.
Winners of £900m for shovel-ready schemes announced
Ministers have announced the 300 schemes that will receive a share of the £900m Getting Building Fund and confirmed £360m for mayoral combined authorities to fund homes on brownfield land.
Planning shakeup to ‘sideline’ councils
Councils have warned they will be ‘sidelined’ by new planning regulations to be unveiled this week.
The key to cutting demand? Mobilise communities
Luca Tiratelli says a new report from the NLGN shows how councils can stop the crisis of demand from spiralling further out of control by allowing communities to be more active.
We need an entirely new approach on care
increased technological advances mean that in the future care is far more likely to be provided in people’s homes, says Jonathan Rallings. He argues that we need to create a system which can evolve to meet these more sophisticated needs.
Ministers to extend Help to Buy
Ministers are drawing up plans to extend the Help to Buy scheme after housebuilders warned buyers could lose out due to delays caused by coronavirus.
MPs call for 90,000 new social homes every year
An extra £10bn in grant funding is required to deliver the number of social homes needed to meet demand, MPs have said today.
London boroughs face £23m rent arrears due to Universal Credit
The rollout of Universal Credit is leading to thousands of council tenants falling behind on rent payments, new research commissioned by London Councils has found.
Developing talent for a growing housing agenda
With house-building high on the agenda, and a perceived lack of ready made talent in this area within the sector, Helen Anderson says it is more important than ever to be open minded and focus on building your own talent pipeline.
Delivering homes and communities fit for the future
Lessons from the pandemic have given councils ‘a once in a generation’ opportunity to reform outdated planning principles, say Adam Cunnington and Julian Lockwood.
£13bn construction procurement frameworks launched
Two public sector frameworks totalling £13bn have been launched aimed at providing direct support to local economies and the green recovery.
Our plan to aid economic recovery by reimagining Waltham Forest’s future
Martin Esom says Waltham Forest’s Economic Recovery Action Plan is built around three key phases – and the ambitious plans for housing will not fall by the wayside.
Mistakes on homelessness are making matters worse, says Ombudsman
Problems with the way councils are meeting their housing duties are making things worse for homeless people, the Ombudsman found.
HRAs need certainty over their future sustainability
The absence of any funding for the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) means the impact on the health of our communities could go beyond the COVID pandemic, according to Simone Hines.
Plan, plan and plan again!
Sarah Longlands argues that 'if we really want to build back better, creating decent homes and communities in which to live, then good strategic planning is part of the solution, rather than a scapegoat for politicians'.
A tale of two planning controversies
Kenneth Carruthers ponders whether communities secretary Robert Jenrick’s recent planning difficulties are ‘a storm in a teacup or a slam dunk’.
Councils at a crossroads: Local government in a post-COVID world
Looking beyond the pandemic, Nazeya Hussain and other contributors put forward the case for a new local economy and a new trust-based relationship between national, regional and local government.
Sunak outlines £3bn green investment package
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced £1bn will be made available to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings, including schools and hospitals.
Blueprint for recovery
Norwich City Council has approved a framework to steer recovery. CEO Stephen Evans outlines how the authority will recast its transformation programme to learn lessons from COVID-19.
Research suggests fall in house building due to COVID
More than 80,000 new homes will not be delivered this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, research has revealed today.