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

CAPITAL& CENTRIC appoints Newgate

Manchester-based property developers CAPITAL&CENTRIC have appointed integrated agency Newgate Communications to manage its corporate PR. The partnership sees the strategic agency tasked with elevating awareness of CAPITAL&CENTRIC among business and consumer audiences, both regionally and nationally.  It comes as the team take on a slew of new projects across Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool, with their first residential units coming to market. It follows a successful … Continue reading CAPITAL& CENTRIC appoints Newgate

ADVENTURE ISN’T OUT THERE:   Why the furore over zip wiring across the Lake District is emblematic of the challenges faced by rural economies.

An outpouring of outrage greeted plans to install a set of aerial zip wires across the Lake District’s Thirlmere Reservoir – with a planning application for the £1.8m facility last week pulled at the eleventh hour. Yet, more than just a planning battle over a Cumbrian beauty spot … the case of Treetop Trek is a posterchild of the challenges facing rural economies.  It’s one … Continue reading ADVENTURE ISN’T OUT THERE:   Why the furore over zip wiring across the Lake District is emblematic of the challenges faced by rural economies.

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

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?

Stephen Byfield in Housebuilder – Legacy projects

The article below is taken from Stephen Byfield’s regular column in Housebuilder magazine. Stephen is a partner at Newgate and founded, stakeholder and community engagement specialists, PPS Group (now Newgate Engage) over 27 years ago. The company has worked for every major housebuilder down the years, helping them gain planning consent and to engage with local communities and politicians.    I have been contemplating death … Continue reading Stephen Byfield in Housebuilder – Legacy projects

Pint for planning?

by Mark Kerr, partner, Newgate Engage So the House of Lords thinks that decisions about licensing the countries pubs, clubs and restaurants and about those who sell us booze in an increasing number of retail outlets, should in the future be managed by our councils’ planning committees. Peers think that the Councillors and council officers who pontificate and determine planning applications make better decisions and … Continue reading Pint for planning?