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Pre-Budget 2005: Brownfield sites targeted for affordable housing

The government has today revealed it’s looking to target brownfield sites to create more affordable housing.

New planning guidelines will be implemented, following representations from the Confederacy of British Industry, the Town and Country Planning Association as well as Shelter.

The aim in particular is to build houses that young couples can afford and provide land for new homes, while protecting and improving the environment. As a result he is asking local authorities to bring forward more brownfield areas for development

Brown says: “Where proposed new housing is of high quality meeting the design code, local authorities will be obliged to accelerate planning consent.

“The construction industry must also rise to the challenge of building more homes and investing in skills.

Brown says investment in social housing has almost doubled since 1997 but will have to rise further.


RICs says government plans flawed

Ahead of the pre-Budget announcement on Monday 5 December, the government’s plans for a planning gain supplement are topic of much debate, and particularly how they relate to housing supply.The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors says the government’s proposals to capture uplift in land value after planning consent has been awarded are flawed. It says […]

NLA welcomes private-rented sector report

The National Landlords Association has welcomed the recent report on the private-rented sector published by Camden Council. The report, produced by the Private Rented Sector Accommodation Scrutiny Panel, reflects the fact that a quarter of all households in the borough now rent their homes from a private landlord, almost as many as remain tenants of […]

Braced for merger-mania

Activity in the specialist mortgage market is getting more ferocious by the day. First, Deutsche Bank raided HBOS subsidiary The Mortgage Business in September and made off with the Fab Four, otherwise known as Bill Dudgeon, Mark Bergin, David Parry and Paul Graham.

Bristol Accord to unite Europe in building sustainable communities

A historic agreement to unite Europe behind a common goal of creating sustainable communities was announced today at the EU informal meeting of ministers, hosted by deputy prime minister John Prescott. The Bristol Accord will provide a framework for EU governments to deliver jobs, economic prosperity, social justice, and improved quality of life for Europe’s […]

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The politics of healthcare

Healthcare is already one of the key battlefields in May’s general election, with each of the main parties committing to deliver improvements to the NHS and public health.


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