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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The social housing white paper: summary and comment

Three years after Grenfell, the government has at last published wide-ranging proposals to empower tenants in social housing and to strengthen regulation. Will the Charter for Social Housing Residents lead to landlords being scrutinised more effectively?

England & Wales Briefing
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Spending Review November 2020: Highlights for local government

Today the Chancellor laid out his much-anticipated one-year Spending Review, in place of the Comprehensive Spending Review and three-year plan he had hoped to produce before the pandemic disrupted the economic backdrop. This on-the-day briefing brings you the highlights.

England & Wales Briefing
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Budget 2021 – implications for housing supply

A few weeks on from its announcement, it is timely to reflect on the Budget’s implications for the key issue of housing supply. This briefing summarises the main housing provisions which feature significant expenditure proposals, especially for social housing with increased emphasis on new-build, along with new measures to promote “affordable” housing.

Ireland Briefing
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Homes fit for our future: getting on with climate-friendly housing

Achieving carbon neutrality in the UK and Scotland within the next twenty to thirty years requires innovation throughout the housing system. This paper examines innovation impacts in embodied, operational and land-based emissions, and explores routes to make yesterday’s innovations tomorrow’s ‘business as usual’.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Housing and planning round-up November 2020

What effect will the latest lockdown in England have on evictions, rough sleeping and other housing issues? This month’s housing and planning roundup focuses on Covid-19 but also includes news about Grenfell, the Housing Ombudsman and neighbourhood plans.

England & Wales Briefing
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Swift Read: Does neighbourhood planning work?

We examine here new government-commissioned independent research into the effectiveness of neighbourhood planning, and assesses possible changes to the practice as a result of the Planning for the Future White Paper.

England & Wales Briefing
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Rental assistance in Ireland

Initially seen as part of the welfare code, rental assistance has evolved to become a major component of social housing support – a development not without critics, as highlighted during the last general election. But perhaps now is a good time to look again at rental assistance and consider its possible contribution to housing policy in…

Ireland Briefing
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International lessons from Melbourne’s 20-Minute Neighbourhoods

As the pandemic reduces travel and commuting and people look to their local areas to fulfil needs, the traditional structures of urban areas are called into question. Using case studies, this briefing examines the idea of the 20-minute neighbourhood.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing