UK & International news



England: Affordable housing tower plan to be Ealing’s tallest building

The Mayor of London is has been challenged to open a new era in house building as Ealing’s first 100% affordable residential tower is turned in for planning approval. 

Published 25 July 2019

Social housing development makes Stirling Prize shortlist for first time

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has shortlisted a social housing development for its most prestigious prize for the first time.

Published 22 July 2019

England: £225m public bond completed at lowest ever rate in social housing sector

English housing association Accent Group has priced a £225 million public bond at a coupon rate of 2.625% with a further £125m retained for future sale.

Published 19 July 2019

England: Consultation proposes that electric car chargepoints are installed in all future homes

A consultation proposing that new-build homes in England are fitted with an electric car chargepoint by 2050 has been launched by the UK Government.

Published 17 July 2019

Landlords to have say in ‘Right to Rent’ court case

Landlords will have a major role to play in a court case considering the future of the UK Government’s Right to Rent scheme, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Published 10 July 2019

England: Housing association agrees £250m unsecured credit facility

A 58,000-home housing association in England has agreed one of the first major unsecured bank facilities in the sector.

Published 5 July 2019

UK: Jewish housing association defeats discrimination challenge again after appeal

A Jewish housing association which fended off a discrimination challenge earlier this year has successfully defeated the case again on appeal.

Published 3 July 2019

UK: 'Bedroom tax' case to be heard at Supreme Court

An appeal is to be heard in the UK's highest court on Wednesday in an important constitutional case on the powers of specialist tribunals and local authorities relating to the 'bedroom tax'. The

Published 2 July 2019

New green mortgage fund could reduce energy bills

Households could cut mortgage rates, save money on their energy bills and reduce emissions from their homes under plans to roll out green mortgages.

Published 1 July 2019

Ikea closes in on first UK housing deal

Ikea could be building homes in the UK after a council in the south of England agreed to work with a developer owned by the flat-pack retailer.

Published 28 June 2019

Ruth Ehrlich: Scotland is proof England must abolish Section 21

Housing and homelessness charity Shelter urges England to follow Scotland’s lead in introducing pioneering longer, more secure tenancies.

Published 18 June 2019

Grenfell survivors and relatives to take legal action in US

More than 100 Grenfell survivors and relatives have opened lawsuit proceedings in the US against three firms they blame for the fire.

Published 10 June 2019

CIH welcomes consultation on Hackitt proposals but raises timescales issues

The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) has welcomed the UK Government’s launch of a full consultation on the reform of building safety regulation but has voiced concerns over the length of time given to receive industry opinion.

Published 7 June 2019

England: New infrastructure rules to make it easier for councils to deliver housing projects

New rules which make the way housing developers pay for infrastructure simpler and more transparent are being brought in south of the border, the UK Government has confirmed.

Published 6 June 2019

England: Housing plans 'risk accessible homes crisis’

Housing experts have today warned of an “accessible homes crisis” in England after new research revealed that less than a quarter of homes built outside London by 2030 will be suitable for older and disabled people.

Published 5 June 2019