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James Brokenshire Housing Minister

Brokenshire begins leasehold consultation with £10 ground rent cap


The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has launched a consultation on leasehold reform with proposals to cap ground rents at £10.


Westminster to make ‘biggest changes to planning for a generation’


Westminster is gearing up to launch a new City Plan, which council leader Nickie Aiken said would “give the property industry the ability to deliver”.

Brexit clock

Majority of SMEs want post-Brexit election


Three fifths (59%) of UK SMEs polled for the Citibase Business Confidence Index said they wanted a snap general election after Britain leaves the EU.

Philip Hammond

Revo urges government to act on rates and online tax


A reform of the business rate system and an online retailer tax were both on the agenda at this week’s Conservative Party conference, but Revo’s policy adviser Matthew Ogg said urgent action was required to bring forward these changes.

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May scraps cap on council borrowing to build - property reacts


Theresa May has said the government will lift the cap on how much money councils can borrow to build new homes in her keynote speech to the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

James Brokenshire Housing Minister

Brokenshire announces consultation on PD right for upwards extensions


The government will consult on giving local authorities greater powers to dispose of surplus land for housing, as well as a new permitted development right to extend buildings upwards, communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced.

Jeremy Corbyn

Corbyn pledges 'biggest home building programme in half a century'


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pledged that his party would embark on “the biggest home building programme in half a century” if elected, in his keynote speech at the Labour party conference.

Summit called to discuss retail property challenges


Chief executives from some of the UK’s largest landlords and retailers are to meet to discuss joint efforts to tackle the challenges facing the retail property sector.

L&Q to introduce lifetime tenancies for all residents


Housing association L&Q is set to scrap fixed-term tenancies (FTTs) and instead offer lifetime tenancies for all residents, it has announced.

Westminster City Hall

Westminster Council takes control of its arms-length housing body, citing need for 'culture change'


The arms-length housing organisation of Westminster City Council, called CityWest Homes, is to be brought back under council control following concerns about its performance.

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