Home Time: Why We Need to Boost Housing Supply in Our Growing Cities Now

Ben Harrison | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Harrison

As well as targeting specific funds to get stalled schemes in our most buoyant cities moving, we need to see more autonomy for cities to drive investment in new housing. By removing the restrictions on councils' ability to borrow money against their existing housing assets to invest in new housing, industry experts suggest councils could borrow an additional £2.8bn to invest in new housing.

Saying No to Tesco: The Power of Community

Adam Stones | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adam Stones

Sherborne is renowned in the region for the strength of its independent shops and market... If Tesco builds a store on such an arterial highway, beyond any scale known to the town and demolishing a hotel in the process, it would have a devastating effect.

Planning Reform? Look to West Bank to See How to Tackle a Housing Crisis

John Slinger | Posted 31.05.2012 | UK Politics
John Slinger

Last week, the Government published its new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). Most commentators claim that they have squared the circle by protecting the green belt whilst simultaneously giving a presumption in favour of sustainable development.

The Quickest Way of Ending a War is to Lose It

Dylan Sharpe | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Politics
Dylan Sharpe

Getting our planning laws right was a big issue to ensure we protect our green spaces. But the countryside is not just pretty fields and forests; it is a living, breathing environment and the people who live there need to be listened to on all the issues, not just those that make prime time.

We Need More Affordable Homes

Richard Harrington | Posted 30.10.2011 | UK Politics
Richard Harrington

The figures released today by the National Housing Federation make for worrying reading, with home ownership to reach the lowest levels they have been since the 1980s.