News round up                                                                                                                                                         27.06.17

 

National

Grenfell: all towers that have been tested so far (60 across 25 local authorities)  have failed fire safety http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/06/25/all-tower-block-cladding-checked-so-far-fails-fire-test/

Excellent piece from Will Heaven in the Catholic Herald on Grenfell Tower http://catholicherald.co.uk/magazine-post/will-heaven-seething-you-should-be/

Benefits freeze: new Sec of State for Dept of Work and Pensions, David Gauke, has said that benefits ‘likely’ to remain frozen http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/benefits-freeze-uk-continue-david-gauke-tory-mp-welfare-pensions-despite-inflation-a7805256.html

Bovis ‘compromised’: house builders admits it ‘compromised along the way ... We built too quickly…[and subcontractors] may not have been of the highest quality’ when selling a raft of new homes over the past 2 years https://www.theguardian.com/money/2017/jun/24/frustrated-bovis-homebuyers-bovis-quality-problems

Taylor Wimpey promises broken: more problems with leasehold on properties sold by the house-builder Taylor Wimpey is leaving houses ‘almost impossible’ to sell http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/markets/article-4633864/Fury-rents-rise-builder-Taylor-Wimpey.html

Holding deposits scam: Which? have brought forward concerns that landlords and agents are taking ‘holding deposits’ from multiple prospective tenants to play them off against one another to drive up rents http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/letting-agents-use-holding-deposit-system-to-take-advantage-of-desperate-renters-which-warns-a3571821.html

Queen’s Speech: Local Government Association briefing paper calls for more involvement of local authorities in solving housing crisis – including lifting the borrowing restrictions and reversing rent reductions. Also call for reform of legal and regulatory system re: rents in all sectors https://www.local.gov.uk/parliament/briefings-and-responses/queens-speech-day-briefing-2017

Affordable Housing: blog from Shelter on the scandal of developers not meeting their affordable housing targets http://blog.shelter.org.uk/2017/06/developers-cannot-be-allowed-to-keep-breaking-their-promises-on-affordable-housing/

And a story from Islington where a developer has had viability thrown out http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/islington-council-wins-landmark-affordable-housing-case-1-5077615

Social Housing: blog from Tom Murtha on the ‘Return of Social Housing’ https://tommurtha.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/the-return-of-social-housing/

Mortgage approvals: at an 8 month low in May https://www.economicvoice.com/housing-market-under-pressure-as-mortgage-approvals-reach-8-month-low/

Housing Benefit: problems with system as gap between benefit and market rent becomes ever wider – forcing more people in to poverty and homelessness http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/heather-spurr/housing-benefit_b_17294926.html

 

 

 

Regional

Grimsby: North East Lincolnshire Local Plan includes addition of 13,000 homes until 2032 http://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/news/grimsby-news/12-huge-housing-developments-underway-130542

Liverpool: new 300 homes approved http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-merseyside-40370673

 

 

 

 

London

Wembley: 745 new apartments, with possible additional 500 http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/06/26/sisk-seals-190m-quintain-wembley-park-resi-block/

Battersea Power Station: Said Khan has said Wandsworth Council have let Londoners down in agreeing to allow developers to significantly reduce amount of affordable housing on site https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/khan-battersea-decision-has-let-londoners-down-51150?utm_source=Ocean%20Media%20Group&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8424906_IH-DAILY-26-6-2017-GR&dm_i=1HH2,50KP6,NYHSFE,J4LGC,1

Estate Regeneration: brief article on new film about ‘social cleansing’ of London’s estates http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2017/06/26/dispossession-a-vital-new-film-on-the-social-housing-crisis

Wandsworth: new block planned for former Shell Refinery site – 172 mixed tenure flats http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/06/26/singapore-developer-gets-green-light-for-130m-london-flats/

 

 

 

 

Also – a report from Canada on the cost-effectiveness of Housing First as a model to help with entrenched rough sleepers – return on state investment of nearly 3 to 1 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/study-shows-housing-the-most-cost-effective-treatment-for-mental-illness/article17864700/?utm_campaign=crowdfire&utm_content=crowdfire&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter#824606296351576064-tw#1498394148313