The Audit Commission has cleared Westminster Council of negligence in failing to recover more money from Shirley Porter over the homes for votes scandal. A report [downloads PDF] published by the district auditor published yesterday says: ‘I recognise that many will not be satisfied with the final outcome, asRead More →

Campaigners opposing a third runway at Heathrow airport have bought some of the land earmarked for the runway and are preparing a legal battle to stop the airport’s expansion. Greenpeace has bought a field the size of a football pitch and plans to invite protestors to dig underground tunnelsRead More →

A freedom of information request by Andrew Slaughter, London MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd’s Bush, has found presentations made by the Conservative leader of Hammersmith and Fulham council to senior Tory figures calling for limiting social housing to the old, infirm and disabled in a bid to solveRead More →

If you needed further confirmation of the continuing slowdown in the house market it has come from the Land Registry. On Friday, it reported that property prices fell by 0.2 per cent during April, taking the annual rate of house price inflation down from 3.6 to 2.7 per cent.Read More →

A study by the North West regional design panel has found that quality design can help weather the economic storm, and could even add up to 20 per cent in rents and capital value. The research urges planners and developers to pay greater attention to ‘cost-neutral’ aspects of goodRead More →

New research for the DCLG into loans for vulnerable home owners concludes there is room for expansion if more choices are developed. Councils will be allowed to build and deliver their own housing under a plan to be put to the Labour party conference in the autumn, reportsRead More →