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The London mayor's new panel of viability experts will look to maximise affordable housing in new schemes, but Joey Gardiner has doubts about the approach.
Summer can be an interesting time in politics. With a new Prime Ministerial direction and a new ministerial team in DCLG housing supply policy is under the microscope.
Our housing market is dominated by a small number of suppliers with a narrow product range and that's not delivering the homes we need, argues Chris Brown.
Since the election of Sadiq Khan as London mayor, the Greater London Authority (GLA) has stressed that the 50 per cent affordable housing platform he campaigned on is a long-term goal, not an immediate criteria by which all applications will be judged. But recent news from the Olympic Park showed he is serious about hitting the target in the long term.
Tim Williams sees opportunities for urban regeneration following the vote to leave the EU.
Last week, at the Housing Design Awards, the speculative housebuilders that build the vast majority of our new homes and places managed to scoop only a small proportion of the prizes for creating the best designed schemes. Development firm Countryside was the honourable exception.
The arrival of a new Prime Minister and a new cabinet have prompted questions about commitment to flagship housing policies. But don't expect a change of direction from the new team, says Michael Hardware.
While the political class remains in disarray government will struggle to deal with the economic consequences of the Brexit vote and the multitude of treaty negotiations it will have to juggle.
Don't panic" has been the refrain of the UK's housebuilders, developers and housing associations since June 24. All are expecting a market reaction to last month's Brexit vote but, by and large, they are sitting tight until indications of its scale start to emerge.
Many issues have yet to be resolved before we can assess the full impact of Brexit, writes Chris Brown.
Rules provide safeguards but some standards may need a fresh look, writes Stephen Gleave.
Research has quantified the benefits of walkable urban places, but questions remain over who gains, says Tim Williams.
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