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 cladding conundrum: improving fire safety in housing

Arguments continue to rage over who should pay for fire safety four years after Grenfell. According to MPs, the government and industry should be helping social landlords and others, including leaseholders, by paying more towards the removal of dangerous cladding from tower blocks and other safety defects.

England & Wales Briefing
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Build to rent: What is it?

Whilst Build to Rent (BTR) is still a relatively new asset class in Australia, it is well established in Europe and the US, and more recently, in the UK. This briefing looks at BTR in the UK to explain exactly what it is, and why governments are interested in supporting this model of development.

Australia Briefing
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Primer: The planning system

This primer introduces the planning process, common terms and phrases and details current issues within the planning system. It is part of a series of primers, covering key local authority subjects, which are aimed particularly at new councillors to help them settle into the role.

England & Wales Publication
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Legislating for housing affordability

The recent controversy about bulk purchasing by investment funds has put housing back at the forefront of public discourse and intensified pressure to achieve significant expansion of affordable housing supply, which is the purpose of the recently-published Affordable Housing Bill. The main provisions of the legislation are summarised below, along with key issues raised in…

Ireland Briefing
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Making space for children and young people on the road to recovery: are 20-minute neighbourhoods the answer?

Drawing on global expertise, this briefing examines the mental and physical impacts of the pandemic on children and young people and explore the benefits the 20-minute neighbourhood could have on their health and wellbeing – highlighting ways local authorities can include children and young people in planning practices.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Housing needs and the demand for social housing

In this briefing, we speculate on what we might expect from the forthcoming programme, Housing for All, regarding the social housing investment programme.  With pressure building to increase the supply of social housing in Ireland, we look at the recent Summary of Social Housing Assessment 2020 to review the information it provides.

Ireland Briefing
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Housing and planning round-up May 2021

Changes to the planning system that could mean councils having less say over development decisions are the ‘big issue’ in this month’s housing and planning roundup. Other topics include rough sleeping, fire safety, private renting and energy efficiency.

England & Wales Briefing
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Supporting affordable housing delivery for a fair and just recovery: lessons from Europe

The pandemic has severely impacted all facets of the housing sector, emphasising a lack of available and affordable housing in some areas and creating uncertainty around construction and development. This briefing will be of interest to officers and politicians working in housing, planning, communities and finance roles.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing