Section: Housing Provision

Labour commits to delivering one million affordable houses over 10 years

Posted 19.04.18
Labour Party: Article link

The above link accesses the text of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's speech at the launch of his party's 'Housing for the Many' review.

The Green Paper sets out Labour's plan to build enough housing and make sure that it is affordable to those who need it. The Paper promises to deliver one million genuinely affordable homes over ten years - the majority of which will be for social rent.

The Green Paper also commits to redefining 'affordability', with 'how much people earn' as the key factor.

This Green Paper sets out other measures needed, including:

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Glasgow Council and partners sign agreement to deliver homes in £250 million regeneration project

Posted 16.04.18
Keepmoat Homes: Article link

Glasgow City Council has signed an agreement with Glasgow Housing Association and Keepmoat Homes to deliver more than 800 new homes at the Sighthill Transformational Regeneration Area (TRA) in the City.

The £250 million Sighthill TRA is the biggest regeneration scheme of its type in the UK outside of London.

The residential development will feature 826 new homes (628 for sale, 198 for mid-market rent), as well as retail units and a commercial development over the next decade to complete the regeneration of Sighthill.

The new mid-market rent homes will be built by Glasgow Housing Association and let and managed by its partners in Wheatley Group, Lowther Homes, with the private homes, retail unit and commercial development being delivered through a development agreement between Keepmoat Homes and Glasgow City Council.

When complete, the regeneration of Sighthill will deliver almost 1,000 (141 new Glasgow Housing Association homes are already built and occupied) new high-quality homes for sale and rent.

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Orbit builds 2,000 homes and shared ownership sales rocket in record-breaking year

Posted 12.04.18
Orbit: Article link

In a third consecutive year, Orbit has surpassed build targets and developed 2,002 new homes in the operating period 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018.

It completed the homes throughout its operating areas across the Midlands, East Anglia, the South-East and London, with a revenue increase of 23%.

The 40,000-home landlord has achieved a record 103% increase in shared ownership sales in the last two years. In 2017, Orbit sold 692 properties under the home ownership option.

Of the 2,002 properties completed in the last 12 months, 174 were for market sale, 539 for shared ownership and 1,207 for affordable and social rent.

Orbit also ventured into the Private Rented Sector with the completion of Fordham House, a development of 82 high-quality apartments in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Quick Links

Updated 27.04.18

  • The Conversation: The simple solution to UKs housing problem - apartments - blog by Alexander Tziamalis, Senior Lecturer in Economics (Associate Professor), Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH): 'Time is right for a national debate on affordability' - CIH reacts to Labour announcement - yes we need to increase the number of homes we are building but we need to make sure we are building the right homes, in the right places, at the right prices.
  • Kier: Kier Living chosen by Homes England as partner to deliver 750 new homes in Northamptonshire - including 180 affordable homes.

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