Lambeth Council has signed an agreement with all 10 housing associations operating in its south London borough, with the aim of finding more effective ways of building homes, as well as providing other housing services. The Lambeth Housing Partnership agreement will apply to the 26,000 council managed homes and a further 24,000 homes managed by housing associations. It is based on Lambeth’s key priorities in its borough plan and covers three years to 2023. Lambeth Council’s cabinet member for housing councillor Paul Gadsby said, “This is an exciting new partnership between Lambeth and local housing associations that will provide a platform for us to tackle, with residents, the big housing issues facing our borough.”
Transport for London is to partner with housebuilder Barratt London to deliver around 450 homes in Wembley Park, north London. The joint venture is aiming to deliver 50 per cent affordable homes in a scheme of five buildings, designed by architect Tate Hindle. The proposal will also provide commercial space and public realm improvements on the site, which is close to Wembley Park Underground station. The site is located in the Wembley growth area, which is earmarked to have around 11,500 homes and 10,000 jobs by 2026.
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has launched a charter to guide design quality in housing, civic architecture, urban spaces, parks and transport infrastructure in the region. The charter is based on the themes of: character, connectivity and mobility, future readiness, health and wellbeing, engagement and stewardship, and delivery. WMCA worked with the region’s local councils and three local enterprise partnerships to create the charter, which is backed by government agency Homes England, the Design Council and landscape body the Landscape Institute. It will be a tool for local planning authorities, and its 12 principles have already been adopted by Stratford District Council as policy. It will also be used as a guidance document for developments funded through the WMCA’s single commissioning framework. The charter is backed by developer Lovell Partnerships, which signed a deal with WMCA last year to partner on the delivery of 4,000 homes across the region.
Southwark Council has committed to a target that 50 per cent of homes built in the borough should be for social or intermediate rent, under its New Southwark Plan. The council is the last in London to set such targets, which require a minimum of 35 per cent for social and intermediate homes, with 25 per cent for the former and 10 per cent for the latter. Councillor Johnson Situ, cabinet member for growth, development and planning at the council, added, “Together with our new council homes programme, we aim for half of all new homes to be social or intermediate in all future developments.”
Treorchy in the Rhondda Valley, Wales, has been named High Street of the Year in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Great British High Street Awards. A business occupancy rate of 96 per cent, a calendar of community-led cultural events, and digital training and support for local businesses helped Treorchy win the award. The Square in Kelso, Scotland, picked up the Rising Star of the Year award.