A council has announced plans to build social housing made from straw bales. North Kesteven council in Lincolnshire believes the homes will tackle the problem of affordable housing in the area. The three-bedroom, semi-detached properties will cost £110,000 each. The council hopes the houses will set a ‘leading exampleRead More →

Section 106 agreements may need scrapping, an inquiry into regeneration has been told. Michael Parkinson, director of the European Institute for Urban Affairs, has warned that developers are unwilling to pay for infrastructure and said the community infrastructure levy needs to be revised to find new ways of ‘doingRead More →

Young people housed by local authorities are entitled to ‘more than a roof over their heads’, a ruling by the House of Lords established. The Law Lords judged that councils have a duty of care to assess the wider needs of 16- and 17-year-olds coming to them following familyRead More →

There are positive signs, however. In February, the number of buyers increased for the third month in a row, while January saw the first month-on-month increase in house prices for almost a year, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. RICS said that the majority of new buyersRead More →

Kate Barker, a government adviser on housing and member of the Bank of England’s rate setting committee, has said that mortgages which leave buyers with a risk of negative equity should not be banned and banks that demand huge deposits may have been ‘overdone’. She said that banks over-reactedRead More →

The Today programme on Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live both follow up LPW’s revelations that sub-prime lenders are behind a surge in repossession actions in the courts. The research at Kingston-upon-Thames county court found that repossession actions at the court nearly doubled between 2003 and 2013 . MoreRead More →

The value of development land fell by an average of 50 per cent during 2015, research from Knight Frank has found. Every region was affected – prime London, which had remained relatively resilient, has the largest drop with land falling 33 per cent on average in the final threeRead More →

±±±±±±±±±±± Housing associations should exploit £6.8 billion of spare borrowing capacity to fund new homes, a Housing Corporation report said this morning [more below]. The National Housing Federation will call for housing association self-regulation in its submission to the Cave Review, according to Inside Housing. A slumpRead More →