News round up                                                                                                                                                         19.07.17

 

UK

FOIs for HAs: The News Media Association have called for Housing Associations to be subject to Freedom of Information legislation http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2017/news/nma-backs-proposal-to-make-housing-associations-subject-to-foi/

Decent Homes?: Independent reporting that 1 in 7 social homes in England are not meeting the Decent Homes Standard http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/uk-social-housing-health-and-safety-standards-failures-england-a7845961.html

Ending Homelessness: the All Party Parliamentary Group for Ending Homelessness has produced a report looking in to how policy changes can make a real difference in lives of prison-leavers, care-leavers and survivors of domestic abuse http://www.24housing.co.uk/news/homelessness-prevention-achievable-within-the-next-parliament/

LGA funding: local authorities will have access to new funding for advisory services to assist them in combatting housing problems and homelessness in their areas http://www.24housing.co.uk/news/councils-get-help-to-meet-housing-targets/

National Housing Fund: ResPublica argue for the need for a step-change in how we tackle the housing crisis http://www.citymetric.com/politics/solve-housing-crisis-we-need-national-housing-fund-3187

Adam Smith Institute: report claiming that housing costs are forcing young people to put off having families leading to a generation of grandparents without grandchildren https://www.adamsmith.org/news/children-of-when

 

 

 

Wales

Abergele: new 150 home development given go-ahead http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/150-home-abergele-housing-estate-13345648

Right to Buy: unsurprisingly, plan to remove Right to Buy in Wales have seen right wing parties criticise the move, while Labour and Plaid Cymru have welcomed it http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/15418947.Plans_to_scrap_right_to_buy_policy_are_met_with_mixed_reaction_in_Senedd/

Supported Housing: the uncertainly in the potential changes to funding in the sector is causing concern http://www.24housing.co.uk/news/welsh-government-fears-supported-housing-changes/

Govt vs Landlords: Lib Dem Housing spokesman Joe Carter has called for government to work with, not in opposition to, landlords to help ease the problems in the private rented sector https://news.rla.org.uk/13215-2/

Cwmbran:  new 78 home development planned in Llantarnam http://developmentfinancetoday.co.uk/article-desc-5553_Lovell%20reveals%20plans%20for%2078-home%20Welsh%20development

Increased production: Savill’s are encouraging housing associations to build much more – which it says will not adversely affect their business models http://www.24housing.co.uk/news/associations-could-increase-development-by-a-third/

Flintshire: new 100 home development in Buckley causing some concern amongst locals that it will eat in to the green belt http://www.newsnorthwales.co.uk/news/178141/concerns-raised-over-plans-for-100-homes-on-green-barrier-in-buckley.aspx

 

 

Regional

South Yorkshire: concerns have been raised about the levels of compensation to be offered to residents in Mexborough to make way for HS2 https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jul/18/people-on-estate-facing-demolition-for-hs2-could-struggle-to-find-new-homes

Surrey: a salary of £115,000pa needed to buy property in Farnham, as unaffordability of housing in rural settings brought in to sharp focus http://www.farnhamherald.com/article.cfm?id=121054

Northumberland: County Council have produce a guide for younger people on moving in to their own place and living independently https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/comment/helping-young-people-set-out-on-their-own-51477

Norfolk: Campaign to Protect Rural England are trying to block additional homes being built claiming they are ‘unneccessary’ http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/politics/people-urged-to-lobby-against-further-housing-in-norfolk-countryside-1-5109876

Oxfordshire: new 950 home development given go-ahead in Abingdon, despite earlier concerns about flood risk http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15415436.Environment_Agency_gives_approval_to_major_Oxfordshire_housing_development/

Cheshire: council has plans for 500 new affordable homes http://www.winsfordguardian.co.uk/news/15418795.Winsford_housing_developments_make_council_one_of_leading_housing_developers_in_north_west/

 

 

London

No growth: house prices rises have stalled – and PwC are claiming this is to continue in to 2018 and 2019 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-19/london-s-home-price-growth-has-flatlined-what-happens-next

Bexley and Croydon: Orbit Housing has been allocated £14.6m to deliver 340 new homes https://www.orbit.org.uk/media/latest-news/2017/07/orbit-allocated-146m-of-grant-funding-for-affordable-homes-in-london/

Grenfell: Labour have accused govt of lying about situation for survivors of the fire in relation to provision of permanent homes http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/permanent-homes-grenfell-tower-fire-survivors-ready-soon-sajid-javed-kensington-a7846201.html

Haringey HDV: following the controversial decision by council to sell off large amounts of public property to Lendlease (a private firm) the issue will be considered again by cabinet https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/hdv-decision-goes-back-to-haringey-cabinet-51495  

Croydon: council have decided to use some of their unspent Right to Buy receipts (c £25m) to invest in a local housing charity that will offer sub-market rents with longer tenancies https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/news/croydon-council-to-invest-right-to-buy-receipts-in-charity-51490

Barnet: Colindale regeneration project of 1,000 new homes causing infrastructure concerns http://www.barnet-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=119646&headline=Concerns%20about%20overcrowding%20in%20Colindale%20as%20more%20new%20homes%20are%20planned&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2017