The Homes and Communities Agency has appointed six industry experts to provide independent advice on design and sustainability. The group will provide an impartial annual review of how the HCA performs and how it can improve its policies and procedures in standards of design, including sustainability in development.
Homeowners who bought properties from a Hampshire developer have complained that they are living on a ‘glorified housing estate’ and are considering suing after 20 units were sold to social landlords. They say they were told the development would include 15 per cent affordable housing, but that this has
Just ‘one square mile of land’ could solve the shortage of land in England for Gypsy and Traveller sites. A new report from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission found that investing in proper provision could generate income for councils, improve community relations and provide decent accommodation. The report
PROTECT THE COUNTRYSIDE by building more homes in inner cities. That’s the unsurprising message today from the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Actually, the message is a bit more sophisticated than that: a plea for ‘compact communities’ and to rehabilitate the idea of high-density housing after the disasters of
Hundreds of buy-to-let investors are being questioned about undeclared income, in a probe launched by Revenue and Customs (HMRC) this week. Five hundred letters have been sent out in the first phase of the campaign to target property owners who may have failed to declare their investment over the
Local authorities should not adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach when granting planning permission for housing, and should move away from the approach to planning policy that led to large-scale construction of high-density flats on urban brownfield land, according to a report from the National Housing and Planning