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. Read More →

The latest issue of LPW continued to make headlines over the weekend with the Sunday Express and the Observer quoting our lead story about the YouGov poll suggesting a million people had used their credit cards to meet home loan repayments or rent in the past year. Several papersRead More →

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 hasRead More →

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 reportRead More →

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 ofRead More →

Several newspapers have been looking at yesterday’s Court of Appeal ruling where an ex-wife who received a share in her marital home after her divorce 20 years ago now faces being evicted from her home as her former husband faces bankruptcy. The judge ruled that regardless of the termsRead More →

HMP Parkhurst on the Isle of Wight has been described as a ‘troubled institute’ by the chief inspector of prisons after a report found a litany of problems. One disabled prisoner was unable to wash property for more than a year because staff refused to take him to theRead More →

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 theRead More →

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 PlanningRead More →