Build-to-rent isn’t just for young people

People are living longer. This isn’t an old platitude - its fact. Millennials are due to be the first generation with a life expectancy of 100. But as the Prime Minister’s decision to create the Minister for loneliness last month highlights, we ne...

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Posted 21/02/2018

by Patrick McNamara

Do Estate Regeneration ballots work?

At the beginning of February the Mayor of London and Jeremy Corbyn launched the Mayor’s new guidance on Estate Regenerations. The key announcement was that the Mayor will not fund any project that does not have a ballot with residents. But this...

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Posted 14/02/2018

by Patrick McNamara

Is “building up” an example of the Government falling short?

Since the General Election the issue of housing has made a fast-paced climb to the top of the Government’s domestic agenda. So as we get closer to March 2018 and the expected release of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), we can...

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Posted 07/02/2018

by Zak Deakin

The rise of Independents

Last week ended with the shock announcement that all the councillor’s representing Thurrock UKIP have joined a new political party called the Thurrock Independents. No doubt this was a savvy political move given the internal struggles the party...

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Posted 31/01/2018

by Patrick McNamara

Do we need to devolve or centralise?

The UK’s housing market is broken and even the Government agrees on that. But who should be responsible for fixing it? Dealing with the housing crisis is an urgent priority for both national and local government. But there is no “one size fits ...

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Posted 24/01/2018

by Nick Vose

The Future of Public-Private Partnerships

Plenty has been written about Carillion’s demise, and the fallout is set to intensify in the next few days as the shockwaves ripple through the economy. Already we have seen leading Civil Servants, such as Sir Jeremy Heywood, leap into action t...

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Posted 18/01/2018

by Zak Deakin

DCLG or MHCLG: What’s in a name?

Monday’s Cabinet reshuffle was portrayed as the golden opportunity for Theresa May to put aside the turbulent ending to 2017 and achieve two things: stamp her authority on the Conservative Party after a disastrous election and regalvanise her part...

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Posted 10/01/2018

by Nick Vose

So, who is the new Housing Minister?

Dominic Raab, the 16th Housing Minister in only 20 years. His predecessor, Alok Sharma, only managed 6 months in the post, the shortest tenure in the last 20 years (which includes a further 5 Ministers who didn’t last a year). So, who is Dominic R...

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Posted 09/01/2018

by Patrick McNamara

The Year Ahead

The New Year is an exciting time, one for reflection on the previous year as well as a chance to look at the opportunities ahead. The beginning of the year is also an ideal time to make wrong predictions, completely miss the mark on the year’s tre...

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Posted 03/01/2018

by Patrick McNamara

What could a housing deal mean for Greater Manchester?

Three weeks have passed since the Budget and, although I worry about whether any of the significant changes will come into action, I am heartened by one particular initiative. The news of a specific and smaller housing deal with Oxfordshire as ...

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Posted 13/12/2017

by Zak Deakin