News update                                                                                                                                                             30.06.17

 

Grenfell: central government refuses to guarantee funding for the work necessary to make tower blocks safe, leaving local authorities with the bill http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/grenfell-tower-cladding-scandal-council-funding-government-no-guarantee-local-government-budgets-a7809216.html

Tests to continue nationwide, and may be extended to other public buildings including schools and hospitals as all samples on tower block have failed fire tests http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/06/27/pm-calls-for-major-national-cladding-investigation/

David Orr, CEO at National Housing Federation has said it’s now time to stop testing cladding as results are ‘conclusive’. Resources now need to go in to how we respond to make people safe:

This process has powerfully demonstrated a systemic failure in construction, manufacturing and the way that regulation has been applied’

http://www.housing.org.uk/press/press-releases/national-housing-federation-statement-on-acm-cladding/

Sir Martin Moore-Bick appointed to lead inquiry https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/grenfell-inquiry-chair-statement-by-the-prime-minister

Lord Adonis is calling for changes to be made now, and government should not wait for results of public inquiry https://www.insidehousing.co.uk/news/adonis-dont-wait-for-inquiry-to-implement-change-51255?utm_source=Ocean%20Media%20Group&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8441020_IH-DAILY-30-6-2017-GR&dm_i=1HH2,50X4S,NYHSFE,J69T2,1

 

National

House sales: uncertainty caused by the lead up to the General Election has caused slump in registrations at estate agents, and a drop in the number of properties selling above asking price https://www.estateagenttoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2017/6/general-election-hurt-demand-and-house-prices-admits-naea

Accessible Housing: good policy summary in relation to accessible housing provision https://www.housingnet.co.uk/pdf/Habinteg-accessible-housing-policy-update-2017-web.pdf

Millenials’ Housing: details of a major piece of market research from CBRE (international real estate consultancy on the drivers of millennials in relation to housing https://www.buyassociation.co.uk/2017/06/30/will-housing-delivery-influenced-millennial-living/

Social Housing: Geeta Nanda, CEO of Metropolitan Housing, calls for change in attitudes towards scale and quality of social housing http://www.propertyweek.com/opinion/the-uk-needs-social-housing-now-more-than-ever/5090095.article

Increase in homelessness: because of the benefit freeze and rental crisis, Shelter is predicting that 1million people are at risk being homeless by 2020 https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/30-june/news/uk/charity-warns-over-housing-benefits-freeze

 

 

Regional

Bristol: Bristol City Council the latest local authority to set up their own building company to sell properties on the private market alongside building affordable homes https://www.localgov.co.uk/Council-to-sell-homes-on-the-open-market/43309

Milton Keynes: local authority is looking to modular housing on already owner sites to help solve the homelessness problem in the town where 800+ families live in temporary accommodation http://www.miltonkeynes.co.uk/news/four-milton-keynes-estates-earmarked-for-homeless-housing-1-8028211

Cumbria: plans progressing with 650 home site in Workington http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/Steelworks-homes-plans-given-go-ahead-by-council-91581687-78dd-428b-a36d-04dbab05749a-ds

Wrexham: despite objections from local residents in Llay, new 365 home site given approval by First Minister, Carwyn Jones, on appeal http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-40423465

Cheshire: a new 280-home scheme in Winsford has been given the go-ahead https://www.insidermedia.com/insider/northwest/green-light-for-winsford-housing

Merseyside: new garden village with 1600 homes given planning permission https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/markets/sectors/housing/plans-backed-for-270m-merseyside-garden-village/10021220.article

 

 

London

Stratford: new large-scale co-living space to be built in East London following success of similar project in Acton. A further site is due in Canary Wharf, too http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/coliving-firm-behind-londons-most-luxurious-commune-to-built-second-site-in-stratford-a3575471.html