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

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

No Silver Bullet: Fixing our Broken Housing Market

The Context Today sees the release of the hotly anticipated Housing White Paper. After the endless speculation, the frenzied lobbying by a stream of commentators and industry insiders and the trailers put out by Government itself, the document itself is just a bit, well, obvious. In other words, ‘Spoiler: there’s no silver bullet’ (as tweeted this morning by Gavin Barwell MP, Minister for Housing). The … Continue reading No Silver Bullet: Fixing our Broken Housing Market

Sadiq Khan call in powers

The first time a Mayor or Minister calls in a planning application is always likely to be taken as a statement of intent. Sadiq Khan’s decision to call in two applications rejected by councillors on design grounds because of their potential to deliver affordable housing, one in Tottenham Hale and one in Wealdstone, is therefore interesting. He notes the developments: “have the potential to bring … Continue reading Sadiq Khan call in powers