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Richard Blakeway

Ric Blakeway among four appointed to HCA board

21 February 2017

The Homes and Communities Agency has appointed four new board members, including Richard Blakeway, former housing adviser to Downing Street.

Old War Office

£1bn Old War Office hotel gets go-ahead

15 February 2017

Controversial plans to turn the Old War Office on Whitehall into a luxury hotel have been approved by Westminster City Council.


Grainger welcomes government support for PRS​

8 February 2017

Grainger has welcomed the government’s Housing White Paper and it’s backing for the private rented sector (PRS), which will form a key element of its strategy to the year 2020.

Edward Lister

Government pledges money and land for modular construction factories

8 February 2017

The government is working up plans to provide public land and money for new modular construction factories in a bid to kick-start the sector.

Sajid Javid

Housing white paper: Government pushes for higher density development

7 February 2017

The government has signalled a move towards higher density development in Britain ahead of the publication of its landmark housing white paper.


Housing White Paper: Developers on 'stalled' sites will have land seized

7 February 2017

Developers that do not build out sites where they have planning permission will have their land seized by local authorities under government plans unveiled in the housing white paper.

Housebuilding construction

Housing White Paper: The 9 key takeaways

7 February 2017

The government’s landmark housing white paper, released today, announced reforms for development, planning, and construction policy. Here are the nine key takeaways.


Housing White Paper: Property reacts

7 February 2017

Industry reaction to today’s Housing White Paper, which set out tougher rules for developers and councils in a bid to speed up delivery.

Planning and Policy FEATURES

Construction housebuilders 636 resized

Is wait nearly over for housing white paper?

The housing white paper is finally set to be published on Monday - assuming it is not subject to yet another delay.

Estate regeneration

Policy rethink needed to regenerate estates

The government should exempt estate regeneration schemes in London from any minimum starter homes requirement and reduce community infrastructure levy (CIL) charges for developers undertaking such projects, London First, Terence O’Rourke and Winckworth Sherwood claim in a report this week.

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