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Getting builders to build

As outlined in our response to the consultation on proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, the proposals focus disproportionately on securing an increase in the number of consents for housing developments, despite the system’s failure to build out the consents that developers already have. 643 more words

East Midlands

Lubetkin Legacy - Marina Lewycka (Bradford Literature Festival pt2)

Continuing with my attempts to make sure I’ve read the books covered in events at the Bradford Literature Festival (or at least some of those of authors I may well get to meet – could be embarrassing otherwise) I next turned to the Lubetkin Legacy, the fifth novel by Marina Lewycka, and a setting which was much more familiar to me. 280 more words


Local Tax Reform – What the Scottish Parties Propose

With the Scottish Parliament elections less than a week away, it is now clear what the parties’ proposals for reforming local taxation are.

All of the parties represented in the 2011-16 Holyrood Parliament, other than the Conservatives, signed up to a Commission on Local Tax Reform. 607 more words


Advice to the new President from the Mortgage Bankers Association

This is a good article. The MBA always has some thoughtful ideas:

MBA to the next president: Here are 3 ideas to save the housing market… 895 more words

Affordable Housing

Owning Housing in the UK: Snakes and Ladders or just Snakes?

One of my favourite ‘angry’ songs from the first Tom Robinson Band album (Power in the Darkness) was ‘I’m Alright, Jack’. The song always conveyed to me the sense of ‘pulling up the ladder’. 647 more words


Glasgow's rental market affordability challenges

In Scotland we have statutory housing strategies for each local authority. Even though it has no council housing, this is a big deal for Glasgow. The city has control over the distribution of capital grant funding to the housing association sector, remains a key landowner and rightly sees housing as central to the delivery of many of its wider corporate objectives. 1,026 more words


Senate plans new builds to house 100,000 people

The Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment wants to build between 15,000 and 20,000 new homes year on year, in order to house approximately 100,000 people, they announced on Friday. 432 more words