UK & International news



Places for People signs one of UK housing's biggest modular deals

Places for People has unveiled a pioneering joint venture to deliver hundreds of modular homes, as confidence in offsite manufacturing (OSM) grows.

Published 4 June 2019

England: Homeowners free to build extensions without planning permission

Homeowners in England will now be able to extend their properties without the need for a full planning application.

Published 28 May 2019

England: Housing First reaches Greater Manchester with plan for 400 homes

A three-year pilot Housing First project that aims to provide safe, secure homes for more than 400 people who are homeless or at the risk of being homeless has been launched in Greater Manchester.

Published 27 May 2019

Academic report reveals housing sector’s impact on tenant employment

A new report by the University of Salford has revealed the social housing sector’s significant impact on employment outcomes.

Published 27 May 2019

Wales: Floating homes plan mooted for Swansea Bay

A floating island with up to 10,000 homes and shops forms part of an idea to revive a tidal lagoon project in Swansea Bay.

Published 24 May 2019

England: Housing association buys housebuilder to boost development plans

Hampshire-based housing association Vivid has acquired a local housebuilder as it looks to ramp up its development plans.

Published 23 May 2019

England: Half of landlords 'more likely to leave sector' after tenancy reforms

Nearly half of landlords and letting agents in England and Wales claim they are more likely to remove some or all of their investment in the private rented sector because of UK government plans to end "no explanation" repossessions.

Published 22 May 2019

Places for People signs management agreement with for-profit retirement housing provider

A new ten-year management agreement has been signed which will see Places for People manage retirement homes on behalf of Residential Secure Income plc (ReSI).

Published 14 May 2019

England: Japan’s biggest housebuilder to enter UK market with government funding

The UK Government has backed a multi-million pound deal that will see Japan’s biggest housebuilder move into the UK housing market with immediate effect.

Published 14 May 2019

England: Shelter launches £600,000 PRS fund for Greater Manchester

A £600,000 pot of funding has been launched in Greater Manchester which aims to find real-life solutions to the housing problems facing thousands of vulnerable private renters in the city.

Published 13 May 2019

UK Government to fund replacement of dangerous cladding on private tower blocks

Around £200 million will be made available to remove and replace unsafe cladding from around 170 privately owned high-rise buildings, the UK Government has announced.

Published 9 May 2019

England: Regulator launches consultation on 2020 Rent Standard

England’s social housing regulator has launched a 12-week consultation on a revised Rent Standard that could restrict rent increases by up to CPI+1% annually from 2020 for at least five years.

Published 8 May 2019

England: Quarter of private landlords planning to sell over next year

A quarter of private landlords in England and Wales are looking to sell at least one property over the next year, according to new research.

Published 2 May 2019

UK: Housing associations announce 38,000-home partnership talks

The boards of two housing associations which collectively own and manage 38,000 units across the south west and south of England have announced talks on a potential merger.

Published 29 April 2019

David Alexander: England to follow Scotland’s lead on ‘no fault’ evictions

The announcement by the UK Government that they will end no fault evictions is welcome news and long overdue and follows the path that already exists in Scotland, writes David Alexander.

Published 15 April 2019