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Housing

Nick Boles gave evidence to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee yesterday. Picture: Getty

Nick Boles attempts to soothe planning critics

13 December 2012 12:00

Planning Minister Nick Boles admitted yesterday that he did not believe his controversial suggestion for Britain to build homes on two million acres of countryside should be put into practice.… Continue reading

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Mark Prisk

Grill the minister: Mark Prisk

12 November 2012 10:00

Mark Prisk took over as housing minister in September’s reshuffle, and has quite a task on his hands to get housebuilding figures looking healthy again. The Conservative MP was previously… Continue reading

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Cameron and Clegg and the rest of the Quad discussed options for the mid-term review

What will the coalition do next?

11 November 2012 17:53

We are now closer to the 2015 election than the 2010 one. We also expected by now to have the coalition’s mid-term review, the document that will set out its… Continue reading

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There are 250,000 units with planning permission which have not yet been developed in the UK. Picture: Getty

Exclusive: No 10 advised to punish land hoarders

19 October 2012 13:22

Though the government’s planning reforms will make it easier for developments supported by local communities to gain planning permission, one of the big blockages in the system is made up… Continue reading

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David Cameron and Nick Clegg will unveil new measures to get the housebuilding industry going. Picture: Getty.

Tensions over housebuilding plans

6 September 2012 8:56

This morning’s big housebuilding announcement was aimed at unblocking obstacles in the planning system to get development of new homes and extensions going. But it hasn’t unblocked tensions within the… Continue reading

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Housing

David Cameron is right to challenge NIMBYism

5 September 2012 14:03

The planning debate has reared its head again, and this time it’s personal. David Cameron is now calling on people to stop their ‘familiar cry’ of opposition to new housing… Continue reading

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The Montague Review of the private rented sector published this morning. Picture: Getty.

Working families risk being shut out by Montague row

23 August 2012 11:50

Today’s publication of the Montague Review into institutional investment in build-to-let addresses an important gap in our housing market. Large numbers of people, and a growing number of families, who… Continue reading

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Policy Exchange recommended selling expensive council homes to build new homes. In Southwark, the council is already doing this to raise money for refurbishment. Picture: Getty.

Why a Labour council is selling expensive housing stock

22 August 2012 13:00

The Policy Exchange report Ending Expensive Social Tenancies has predictably provoked a renewed debate about council housing and the value of genuinely mixed communities. It was welcomed by the right… Continue reading

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London Luxury Homes As Property Becomes Haven

There’s no right to live in Chelsea

20 August 2012 19:08

Your local council owns prime real estate and could sell it to build new social houses. Housing Minister Grant Shapps says the appeal of this idea promoted by Policy Exchange… Continue reading

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Cameron’s sub-prime thinking

12 March 2012 15:06

You’d think the American sub-prime crisis would have taught politicians the world over not to try to rig the housing market. But no, David Cameron is back on it today… Continue reading

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Property Roulette: The Government’s Pursues a Losing Strategy

12 March 2012 13:19

If you ever needed reminding that government is a series of swings and roundabouts ensuring that what you gain on one you lose on the other, consider the coalition’s plans… Continue reading

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The government’s housing policies don’t match its strong rhetoric

22 November 2011 15:55

Yesterday’s housing strategy offered a mortgage guarantee for first-time buyers of new properties, one of the few new announcements in a document largely consisting of re-hashed policy. At best, the… Continue reading

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There’s merit in the Coalition’s housing proposals

21 November 2011 18:55

The government’s announcement on housing today is an attempt to square the circle. On the one hand, a return to excessive lending and sub-prime mortgages is clearly not a good… Continue reading

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Trust in bricks and mortar

17 October 2011 14:11

If George Osborne is serious about growth, a relatively easy decision awaits him: to stimulate the economy by spending more on housebuilding. David Cameron knows there’s a problem, and during… Continue reading

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Shapps sharpens the Right to Buy

2 October 2011 14:01

It’s a day for growth initiatives. In addition to those described earlier, George Osborne has announced that Whitehall’s annual underspend will be reinvested into capital spending projects. The emphasis on… Continue reading

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Why mansion tax makes sense

20 September 2011 17:25

Messy deals and fudged compromises: an inevitable feature of coalition politics. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the resulting policy will always be bad. As a result of grubby negotiations in Downing… Continue reading

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Another voice: Dale Farm reprieved

19 September 2011 18:42

This is the second of our occasional ‘another voice’ series. Siobhan Courtney reports again from Dale Farm. The outcome was not what anyone expected: the bailiffs are not getting into… Continue reading

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The right to own is not all right

18 September 2011 15:20

There was much to commend in Chris Skidmore’s article in the Telegraph earlier this week, calling for a radical approach to public services. But there’s one bit that’s worth dissecting:… Continue reading

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Clegg biography claims the Lib Dems want a new coalition agreement

17 September 2011 0:22

Lib Dem conference this year brings with it the serialisation of Jasper Gerard’s biography of Nick Clegg. The focus will be on the claims that deputy Prime Minister has promised… Continue reading

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A reminder of two of the political battles ahead for the coalition

11 September 2011 23:41

If anyone had any doubts about how difficult the politics of banking reform and planning would be for the Conservatives, they’ll be dispelled by a glance at a couple of… Continue reading

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There’ll be no u-turn on planning

3 September 2011 12:59

This government has developed rather a reputation for u-turning. But I would be extremely surprised if it did one over its planning reforms. When you talk to ministers and advisers… Continue reading

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The dangers of home ownership

30 August 2011 11:58

The slump in home ownership is reported today as a bad thing. Many Conservatives, who believe that home ownership releases what the late Shirley Letwin called "vigorous virtues", may agree.… Continue reading

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Housing crisis on the horizon

30 August 2011 9:01

There is grim news on the housing front this morning: the National Housing Federation (NHF) reports that the housing market will descend into “crisis” unless the supply of houses is… Continue reading

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Boris’s last chance to show imagination

27 August 2011 15:10

Back in 2008, one Mayoral candidate explained that it would require imagination to solve London’s housing problems. The candidate developed a manifesto that suggested a new form of “democratic” home… Continue reading

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Texas Lessons for Glasgow and Liverpool

15 June 2011 13:28

Since Rick Perry’s campaign theme – assuming he runs – will be It Worked In Texas, it’s worth observing that Texas’s success in recent years is partly based upon the… Continue reading

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