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Public land: it’s the price not the seller that counts

There were two big announcements the other day on the hoary issue of releasing public land for house building: one encouraging, one deeply depressing.

First the good news: the London Land Commission has launched its register of all the land and property owned by public bodies in the capital. Digging out and collating all this data from multiple agencies across the public sector is a massive undertaking, and the Commission deserves kudos for getting it all into a publicly available, … MORE...

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The evolution of Starter Homes: from a useful addition to a serious threat

When the government first announced plans to build 100,000 ‘Starter Homes’ a year ago, we welcomed the commitment to get more land released for building homes, and to use the value created to make these homes more affordable than the market otherwise would. We felt that building some homes for sale to first time buyers at a 20% discount on the market price could be a useful addition to overall supply – as long as this was actually additional supply … MORE...

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Osborne chooses housing

Make no mistake – today’s Comprehensive Spending Review was, overall, good news for housing. We’ve been calling on the Chancellor to do much, much more to increase house building ever since the 60% cut to the budget in 2010. You can do so too, here. Today, that cut was finally reversed as the budget for the three years 2018-2021 was roughly doubled.

This is welcome  – given some pretty toe-curling rumours going around in the run up to today’s announcement: … MORE...

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We cannot support the NHF’s proposal to housing associations

Last week, the National Housing Federation announced a proposed ‘voluntary deal’ under which housing associations would extend the Right to Buy to their tenants, and gave its members eight days to vote for or against the deal.

Today, Shelter chief executive Campbell Robb writes an open letter to England’s housing associations, expressing Shelter’s grave concerns about the proposed deal, and setting out three key questions that housing associations should ask themselves as they ponder their response.

An open letter to MORE...
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Want to build 1m new homes? Well, you’ll need a better plan…

One million new homes. That’s today’s big housing number, courtesy of housing minister Brandon Lewis. In response to new figures showing that we failed to build even half as many homes as we needed in the last five years, he said that success would look like building one million new homes this Parliament.

We agree: achieving this would be a start, although it’s still short of the 250,000 homes needed each year – and the Minister has since clarified that … MORE...