New research reveals local councillors think housing crisis is getting worse

61% believe housing crisis is getting worse 51% blame slow build out rate by developers Providing affordable homes the top priority 60% believe viability assessments being used by developers to avoid planning obligations 43% agree that Green Belt should be reviewed Newgate Communications’ Planning Committee Barometer reveals local councillors’ views on planning issues with housing delivery high up the agenda. 61% think that the housing … Continue reading New research reveals local councillors think housing crisis is getting worse

What Labour’s Housing Green Paper could mean for housebuilders and developers

The Context Yesterday saw the release of Labour’s Housing green paper, ‘Housing for the Many’, exactly a fortnight from the local elections due to take place in May. It’s tempting to see this as a reprise of Labour’s strategy in last year’s General Election of drip-feeding big headline policy announcements in the run-up to the poll – particularly given the gains it is hoping to … Continue reading What Labour’s Housing Green Paper could mean for housebuilders and developers

Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: The devil’s in the deposit

The article below featured in the March edition of Housebuilder magazine. Alex Reid, Newgate’s account director, conveys the frustration that young people such as him feel when trying to raise a deposit for a new home. He suggests some innovative solutions. We’re constantly talking about how important first time buyers are for the wider housing market, launching new schemes in an effort to get them … Continue reading Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: The devil’s in the deposit

Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: Could Labour do any better?

The article below is taken from this month’s Housebuilder magazine. Newgate managing partner Rebecca Eatwell looks at what the industry could expect if Labour wins the next general election. The recent reshuffle – which saw Alok Sharma vacate the role of Housing Minister after just six months in the job and was accompanied by a revival of the old Ministry of Housing (last seen in … Continue reading Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: Could Labour do any better?

Rearranging the deckchairs – Newgate’s Perry Miller in this month’s Housebuilder

The article below is taken from this month’s edition of Housebuilder magazine. Perry Miller, partner at Newgate Communications, laments the constant change of direction on government policies on housebuilding Writing for this column previously, I questioned the contribution that government actually makes to tackling the housing crisis. Facing a deluge of housing-related legislation at that time, I wondered whether we would not all be better … Continue reading Rearranging the deckchairs – Newgate’s Perry Miller in this month’s Housebuilder

Housing Sector: The more things change, the more they stay the same

The article below originally appeared in the October edition of Housebuilder magazine. The head of Newgate Communications’ South West and Wales office Ben Lowndes asks whether the industry’s latest ‘innovative’ answers address the right questions. At every level within the housing sector, it seems there are calls to do things differently. The government says the housing market is ‘broken’. Former Housing Minister Gavin Barwell acknowledged … Continue reading Housing Sector: The more things change, the more they stay the same

Briefing: Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Place

Context On Thursday 14 September, the Department for Communities and Local Government released a new consultation document, Planning for the right homes in the right places: consultation proposals. The document carries forward a commitment made in the Housing White Paper, released in February 2017, to consult further on a number of specific proposals. Reflecting this, the document shares the same name as the first chapter … Continue reading Briefing: Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Place

Housing cheerleaders are still in place

The article below is taken from the July/August 2017 edition of Housebuilder magazine. Perry Miller, partner at Newgate Communications, predicts that not much will change in housing policy despite election. It’s been a busy time for the Newgate public affairs team. Our crystal ball, which colleagues used to such good effect at the turn of the year when they predicted an early General Election, has … Continue reading Housing cheerleaders are still in place