Housebuilding ain’t broke, so should we fix it?

By Laura Sears The earliest recorded properties built by bricks were found in Jericho, Turkey, and date back to around 5,000BC. Fast-forward over 7,000 years, and we’re still predominantly using this method to build homes. “Traditional” bricks and mortar build is largely seen as the development method of choice, though there are many companies chomping…

Designing new build homes consciously, not hastily

By Austyn Close, Senior Executive Housing has always been a hot topic and in a city like London, the market can be an especially eye watering experience for young people and first-time buyers. Research from the Bank of England’s economists revealed that the average age of first-time buyers in this country now stands at 31…

Government announces reopening of housing market

By Gareth Jones, Newgate Public Affairs Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced government plans to reopen the housing market, by removing the freeze on home moving, as long as it could be done safely. Jenrick said that the Government wanted the housing market and construction industry to start up again with “immediate effect” and said that…

We already had a crisis… and we still do

By Perry Miller, Partner When the virus first arrived, they closed my local park. It was the Sunday farmers’ market that did for it apparently: images of entitled Hackney hipsters crowding together in the sunshine to buy their sourdough was too much even for the local council to bear. And in an instant, the East…

Building Beautiful, No Matter What They Say.

The Weekly Newgate Engage Planning Blog by Scott Harker If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then nowhere is this more the case than when it comes to the design of new homes. A housing development that looks beautiful to one group of people may be considered to be an absolute eyesore to…

Do Or Die [In a Ditch]

The Weekly Newgate Engage Planning Blog By David Scane There is an urban legend that in a major city you are never more than 6 feet away from a rat at any given time. For the past month the same has felt true of the Government’s “Get Ready for Brexit” posters.  These adverts, part of…

Highlights from RESI Convention 2019

By Rishi Banerjee At this year’s RESI Convention, yet again, record numbers of attendees made it to Celtic Manor in Newport. This year’s conference was titled ‘Brave new mixed-up world’ taking a closer look at mixed-use developments, partnerships, BTR and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). Is housing policy taking a step back in time? Esther…

Planning Barometer 2019: Natural Partners – But Poles Apart

By Perry Miller With Brexit continuing to dominate the headlines, it is easy to forget that other urgent and ongoing issues – which arguably have a far greater impact on people’s daily lives – continue unchecked. And certainly, when it comes to the ongoing housing crisis, local politicians are far from ready to join in…

Social housing: Solving Britain’s Housing Crisis

By Jessica Beckett A hundred years ago housing was made a national responsibility with the introduction of the Housing Act. A watershed moment in social housing, the legislation provided subsidies for local authorities to help finance the construction of houses for the “working classes” in post-World War One Britain. But a century on, and with…