March in review – housing news so far, UK & London specific
LSE London News:
Lynne Miles, Associate director of planning policy and economics at ARUP and Deputy Director of What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth gave a presentation on planning for the economy where she focused on the great disparity between London and other English cities.
Kath Scanlon presented the findings from our report, entitled The Future of Social Housing, for Flagship Housing Association. The event was hosted by Switchee, a company that provides a ‘smart thermostat designed to help affordable housing providers fight fuel property’.
Podcast featuring Kath Scanlon discussing housing and urbanisation
Eloise Shepherd, Head of Housing and Planning Policy at London Councils gave a presentation on housing in London.
Other housing news:
- London property prices fall as much as 15% as Brexit effect deepens, Patrick Collinson, The Guardian, 12 March 2018
Average price in Wandsworth dips more than £100,000 with falls of up to 15% in capital in 12 months
- This new planning framework actually cuts the Government’s housing target. It takes us back – not forwards, Alex Morton, Conservative Home, 7 March 2018
Conservatives just cut the 2020 house building target from 300K a year to 200-175K a year.
- Housing crisis: 15,000 new Manchester homes and not a single one ‘affordable’, Helen Pidd, Cities, The Guardian, 5 March 2018
In Sheffield just 1.4% of homes approved by planners met the government’s affordable definition, while in Nottingham the figure was 3.8%, a Guardian Cities investigation has shown.
- ‘Nimby’ councils failing to build enough homes will lose planning powers, says Javid, Press Association, The Guardian, 4 March 2018
Housing secretary says independent inspectors will take over and decide where new houses are placed
- May warns developers: Speed up or you won’t build, Lucy Alderson, Construction News, 5 March 2018
Councils could be given the power to refuse planning permission to developers who build out housing sites too slowly, Theresa May will warn today.
- Tory backlash against Theresa May’s housing measures begins, Catherine Neilan, CityAM, 5 March 2018
Theresa May’s new warning to developers that they could be punished for not building enough houses has already received criticism from members of her own party.
- May attacks ‘perverse incentive’ of housing industry bonuses, Anushka Ashthana, The Guardian, 4 March 2018
PM to criticise focus on profits rather than homes built as she aims to rewrite rules on planning
- Council housing is the answer to the housing crisis, Matt Western, David Drew, Huffington Post, 1 March 2018
We are in the depths of the worst housing crisis since the Second World War, but there is a solution