Politics moves fast. Housing moves slow.

While many believe our political system moves painfully slowly, it is nothing compared to the time taken to lay bricks down and build a house. Days after the Windrush migrants’ scandal triggered a mini Cabinet reshuffle, James Brokenshire MP returned to the Cabinet to take the reins at MHCLG, becoming the sixteenth minister to hold the portfolio for housing since 2000. Just days after that, … Continue reading Politics moves fast. Housing moves slow.

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: Stepping up to the council plate

The article below featured in the April edition of Housebuilder magazine. Newgate partner, Zoe Ensor, head of Newgate North, thinks it is time that industry experts stepped forward to become councillors to shift the balance in council chambers. The media spotlight landed on a new phrase recently with the public being introduced to the term ‘land banking’. The Prime Minister’s determination to shift focus away … Continue reading Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: Stepping up to the council plate

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?

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

Getting up the Numbers – Is Green Belt Policy Fit for Purpose?

The article below is taken from June’s Housebuilder magazine. Stephen Byfield, partner at Newgate Communications, bemoans the fact that green belt policy, a 70 year old system of land management, is still dictating what is built where in the UK. I found myself involved in a very interesting discussion this month on the provision of social housing. Specifically, we were talking about Bristol, where a … Continue reading Getting up the Numbers – Is Green Belt Policy Fit for Purpose?

Save the wheat fields: housing and planning under the new Government

Theresa May was much mocked during the election campaign for her claim that the ‘naughtiest thing she had ever done’ was to run through a field of wheat as a child. Ironically, her appointments to the DCLG suggest that fields of wheat – along with any other green fields – are going to perfectly safe under the new Government. In the main, Theresa May’s appointments … Continue reading Save the wheat fields: housing and planning under the new Government