New Affordable Housing Programme: 300,000 homes a year still looks a long way off

By Paddy Kent Earlier this month, the former-Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (now the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)) announced £8.6 billion to build 120,000 new affordable homes in England over the next five years.  £5.2 billion will be managed outside London by Homes England, whilst the GLA will administer…

Movin’ on Up – with or without local government?

By Laura Griffiths Amidst all the reshuffle news from Number 10 last week, we also saw a rebrand from Ministry to Department. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is no more and has transformed into the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). Severed is the formal link between local and national…

With a rebel yell, they cried ‘Less, Less, Less’

By Aimée Howard, Account Manager Last month’s by-election in Chesham and Amersham saw the Liberal Democrat candidate Sarah Green pave her way to victory with a focus on the Conservatives’ planning reforms. Liberal Democrat leaflets took the unusual approach of quoting Conservative Party grandees, Theresa May and Ian Duncan Smith, in condemning the plans as…

Is renting the new buying?

By Laura Sears The UK is a nation of homeowners, the aspiration of which is viewed by many as a major life goal, the product of a lot of hard work and saving. However, new research from agents Hamptons has revealed that it’s cheaper to rent a home than it is to buy one, with…

Use it or lose it!

By David Scane The development industry is used to being cast in the role of the bad guy. Whenever a Secretary of State wants to reach for a populist soundbite about building more homes, the solution often lies in ending the practice of ‘land banking’, whereby a developer will ‘bank’ a permission for a site…

‘Hi Ho Robert Jenrick’ – MHCLG moves to Wolverhampton

By David Scane Over the past 4 years Wolverhampton has seen an influx of high profile arrivals courtesy of the Nuno Espirito Santo revolution at the city’s football club. The once slightly unglamourous West Midlands outfit (with apologies to celebrity fans Led Zeppelin) has been transformed with an exciting brand of football and reasonably priced…

Home, work, communities and changing spaces

By Debbie Standen, Property As cities across the UK return to varying levels of lockdown, the new hiatus has thrown fresh light on the conversations around the changing ways of life and what this means for the future of our homes, towns and cities. Some six months on and certain consensuses are starting to form…

Will first-time buyers come out as winners as a result of the pandemic?

By Alina Haritonova, Property The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the global economy, paralysing entire industries and putting thousands of people out of jobs. According to the latest figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), UK unemployment is on the rise, currently at 4.5%, up from 3.9% a year ago, and hundreds…