Housing and planning

How can local authorities create healthy, sustainable neighbourhoods and ensure that there are enough high-quality homes for people?

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Swift Read: Introducing the new New Homes Ombudsman

In a bid to stop new homes being “built to a shoddy standard”, the government recently announced the creation of a New Homes Ombudsman with the power to “hold developers to account and require them to put matters right”.

England & Wales Briefing

Preventing homelessness during the crisis

The homeless are particularly at risk. Andrew Walker found out what Southwark is doing during the crisis and urges government action to ease the strain.

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Housing in Ireland and the balance of central and local government powers

The government’s efforts to address problems in the housing system in Ireland present a confusing picture: extended regulatory controls over the housing market and a movement of decision making towards the centre. At the same time, the state relies on the private sector and housing associations to deliver social and affordable housing solutions. Within this…

Ireland Briefing
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How is your local area impacted by rental affordability for housing?

This briefing looks at the rental affordability index (RAI) which has been developed by SGS Economics and Planning in partnership with National Shelter, Community Sector Banking, and Brotherhood St Laurence since 2015. Housing affordability is an increasingly important issue for councils, and the RAI provides an easy to understand indicator of rental affordability relative to…

Australia Briefing
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Housing and planning round-up March 2020

More affordable housing, faster planning, and extra money for rough sleepers and building safety were all promised in the spring Budget. This month’s housing and planning roundup sets out the main points from the Budget, and includes news about social lettings, the housing delivery test, a proposed New Homes Ombudsman, and the backlog of home…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Swift Read: An update on Scotland’s social housing

This briefing provides an update on social housing provision in Scotland. In addition to the current state of affairs, both the relevant history of social housing and the future of Scotland’s social housing are explored. This topic will be of interest to officers and councillors with a role relating to housing and social housing in…

Scotland Briefing
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Update on South Australian Local Government Reforms

The South Australian (SA) Government is currently progressing reforms to improve local government governance and operations. This briefing will be of interest to local government practitioners both within and beyond South Australia. Specifically, written as a detailed review to assist South Australian Councils to understand the proposed reforms and plan accordingly.

Australia Briefing
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How can we make urban planning work for women?

Urban planning and governance requires gender sensitivity if it is to be sustainable, equitable, and effective. ‘Mainstreaming’ gender considerations into planning processes takes urban planning beyond the realm of making service and infrastructure management more efficient, and into solving issues of social, economic and political equity – promoting civic engagement among women and minorities in…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Housing output – how is it impacting the sector?

A range of action has been taken in recent years to boost housing supply in Ireland. Since 2014, housing output has increased steadily from its post housing crash slump, but at a less steep rate in percentage terms in the past two years. This briefing looks beneath the headline figures to assess the impact of…

Ireland Briefing