Homes growth slows as Local Plan deadline looms

Nov 30, 2018

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By Daniel Fryd, Senior Consultant The growth in the number of new homes in England has slowed significantly despite more than 222,000 homes being built in England last year. MHCLG statistics released earlier this month showed new home completions at their highest rate for 10 years, but the rate of

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TCPA proposes 13 steps to deliver truly affordable housing

Oct 31, 2018

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By Daniel Fryd, Senior Consultant Despite positive moves to get councils building, the planning system is failing to deliver affordable homes in the country’s poorest areas, a new TCPA report suggests. The responsibility for building affordable homes is now firmly in councils’ courts following the Prime Minister’s move to lift

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Letwin Lets Rip in Build Out Review

Oct 29, 2018

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By Daniel Fryd, Senior Consultant Somewhere in the middle of the Chancellor’s 95 minute Autumn Budget speech was a single line on the publication of Oliver Letwin MP’s ‘Independent Review of Build Out’ report. Developers, we are told, ‘do not engage in systematic land banking’. That’s it then. One year

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Labour conference – roundup special

Oct 5, 2018

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By Daniel Fryd, Senior Consultant Despite weeks of internal scrapping over rule-changes, anti-Semitism rows and haranguing from the right-wing press, Labour came together to actually deliver a coherent and articulate vision for their Britain at their conference last week.  Brexit naturally captured the headlines, and the possibility of a people’s

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Expressway route revealed but still no certainty for Oxfordshire

Sep 27, 2018

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By Daniel Fryd, Senior Consultant It’s been an eventful month for the Oxford-Cambridge arc. The route for the new Expressway was revealed, the Housing Minister embarked on a CaMKOx tour and called for “transformational” ideas to drive growth in the area, and the Communities Secretary changed planning rules in Oxfordshire

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Is Right to Buy heading in the wrong direction?

Aug 28, 2018

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By Daniel Fryd, Senior Consultant Just when it looked like ‘Voluntary Right to Buy’ was firmly buried in the long grass, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire dug it out earlier this month and announced £200m to revive it as a new pilot scheme. The new scheme allows housing association tenants in the

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