Archive: Housing And Planning

Zac Goldsmith: "The effect has been absolutely catastrophic... across London"

Zac Goldsmith says flagship government housing policy is 'catastrophic' for London

Conservative mayoral candidate attacks decision to allow office space to be easily converted for residential use

Opinion Former Articles

  • BSA: Government publishes housing strategy

    The Government Housing Strategy published on 21 October certainly has something for everyone: homeowners, renters, older people and environmentalists. But can the strategy really be all things to all people?

  • Rural communities denied affordable housing as developers exploit loophole

    This animation, from the CPRE, highlights that England hasn’t built enough genuinely affordable homes in rural or urban areas for decades. Following cuts to capital grant and financial restrictions on councils, we now rely on private developers to deliver a large share of new affordable homes through the Section 106 system. But since 2012, national planning rules have blunted this tool by enabling the widespread use and abuse of viability assessments.

  • A significant number of private landlords are failing in their responsibilities, according to Shelter

    Shelter issues damning verdict on 'rogue landlords'

    Over 90% of environmental health officers (EHOs) have encountered private landlords who routinely harass or illegally evict their tenants, an investigation by the charity Shelter has claimed.

  • Jilted Generation by Ed Howker and Shiv Malik, out September 2nd 2010

    Review: Jilted Generation

    If you can't buy a house or get a job you're probably looking for someone to blame. This book could help you out - even if it won't solve all your problems.

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