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A step too far in the slow assault on social housing?

Something truly extraordinary happened the other day. A coalition of over 200 landowners and property companies in Westminster protested that the government is undermining the economic health of London, by letting its own members avoid commitments to build much needed affordable housing. These commitments – known as Section 106 Agreements, or just S106 – are deals done between developers and councils, in which the developer agrees to provide something for the community in exchange for getting planning permission. Although … MORE...

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Green belts, green nooses, green fields

Scarcely a day goes by at the moment without someone having a go at the sacred cow of British planning, the Green Belt. This morning it was Tom Papworth at the Adam Smith Institute, calling for the complete abolition of the Green Belt in order to let market ‘price discovery’ determine where best to build homes – although he does also suggest less extreme measures, like releasing all Green Belt land within ten minutes’ walk of a station.

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Starter Homes: an opportunity missed

Yesterday the Prime Minister went to Poole to launch a new starter homes scheme that will deliver 100,000 homes for purchase by first time buyers at 20% below the market value. Beneath this simple consumer-friendly message there is a complex scheme involving several different interventions and changes. In short, it’s half right – and half wrong.

On the positive side, the scheme is a very welcome sign that the government recognises the urgent need to build more homes, and to … MORE...

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Autumn Statement 2014: encouraging signs

Today’s autumn statement was pretty good for housing. It showed a welcome willingness by the government to start addressing some of the fundamental problems – now we need real action to make good on the promises.

Shelter exists to help people struggling with bad housing or homelessness – and to campaign to prevent it in the first place.  That’s why we defend the housing safety net wherever it’s under threat, resisting attempts to weaken support for those needing help to … MORE...

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Labour plays its hand on building more homes

As we regularly write about on this blog, housing looks like being a major issue at a general election for the first time in a generation. It’s now consistently a top 5 issue for voters, with even secure homeowners worried about where their children are going to live.

After decades of inaction from successive governments, it finally seems Westminster is starting to catch up with public concern.  But if they are to win over an increasingly cynical public all parties … MORE...