We need a level playing field between councils and developers
The Government’s recent launch of its revised strategy to tackle the housing crisis was well reported in the media, as were councils’ frustrations in their lack of powers to help build more homes people deserve.
Cities need to up their game to make devolution a success
Devolution is not just about gaining new powers, it is about using the powers you already have. Andrew Carter believes cities are not as doing as much as they can.
There is a shortage of construction expertise in local government
If we are to get the right homes in the right places, we need councils to have the right people in the right positions, writes Karen Cooksley.
Councils need skills as well as cash to boost housing
Despite the initial rhetoric around ‘nimby’ councils’ planning decisions, Theresa May’s housing announcement this week is a step in the right direction – but it needs to go further, argues Heather Jameson.
LGA criticises May's land banking crackdown
Government plans to tackle the housing shortage by ending land banking are not enough and should be accompanied by fresh borrowing powers for councils, Smith Square has warned.
Write strategic planning back into the system
John Wood outlines how he believes counties can do more to exploit their strengths in housing delivery.
Councils told to improve strategic planning
Cherwell and South Northamptonshire DCs have been told they must improve strategic planning as they intensify their joint working.
More powers needed to unlock land for housing - LGA
Councils should be allowed to charge developers full council tax where land is left after securing planning permission, the Local Government Association (LGA) has argued.
Javid says he needs 'stronger case' on HRA
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has urged the sector to use headroom in the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) to boost his case for further action.
Councils and housing associations collaborating: More than the sum of their parts
A joint venture between Gateshead Council and a housing association is a prime example of why the two sectors need to work together if they are going to help address the growing housing crisis in the country.
How do we properly measure the social impact of planning decisions?
We need to work together to construct a tool to measure the impact of developments on communities, argues Colin Crooks.
Councils call for permitted development rules to be scrapped
Nearly one in 10 homes built over the last two years was converted from an office, new analysis has revealed today.
Planning fee increase comes into force
A 20% increase in planning fees has finally come into force – six months after the Government’s initial intention.
Whitehall announces panel to investigate slow rate of housebuilding
The Government has unveiled the panel of experts who will review the gap between the number of planning permissions being granted and the houses being built in areas of high demand.
Devon councils consider sharing some planning functions
Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council are considering joining forces to deliver planning services.
Homes under the Hammond
Head of news and events for think-tank Localis, Jonathan Werran, looks at what the Budget means for housing.
Budget 2017: Housing Revenue Account cap lifted for some
The Housing Revenue Account cap will be lifted for councils in ‘high-demand areas’ and stamp duty will be scrapped for most first-time buyers, chancellor Philip Hammond announced in his Budget speech.
Councils guard the guardians
‘Quis custodiet ipsos custodies?’
Government pushes ahead with New Homes Bonus changes
The Government has decided to push ahead with a raft of controversial changes to the New Homes Bonus (NHB), The MJ has learnt.
Javid threatens intervention over local plans
The communities secretary has praised the sector’s role in housing delivery but threatened intervention in councils that fail to get a local plan in place.