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HFi Today, June 2017

Jun 30 2017

    – Congratulations Sir Mark Boleat – Repair, Protect and Build – Alok Sharma Appointed as Housing Minister – The HFi at the CIH Conference – Mole Valley Joins the Housing Business Ready Programme – The HFi at the National Infrastructure Forum   Congratulations Sir Mark Boleat   It is with great pleasure we […]

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Latest Housebuilding Figures

May 26 2017

Housebuilding starts surged in the year 2016/17, according to just published figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). In England, 162,880 homes were started – up from just under 142,000 the previous year. That is good news in itself – as it is the highest housebuilding starts level recorded since 2008/09. It […]

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HFi: General Election Special

May 23 2017

  Since the General Election was called, we’re sure you have all been wondering what this means for housing in the UK. In this General Election newsletter, I set out what the three main political parties are offering in relation to housing. In other words, I’ve read their manifestos, so you don’t have to. by […]

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HFi Today, May 2017

May 23 2017

  – Turning the Tide: Building a faster, stronger, new coastal renaissance – Infrastructure challenges are a major barrier to housebuilding – Innovation in renting and buying – Housing a top priority for councils and metro mayors – A few interesting statistics Turning the Tide: Building a faster, stronger, new coastal renaissance   Our latest […]

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What does the general election herald for the role of councils in building homes?

May 12 2017

Whoever wins government on 8 June 2017, councils will continue to have a central role to play in building the homes the country needs – working with the construction, development, housing associations, property management, finance and investment industries. At the Housing & Finance Institute our specialist team works to increase the speed and number of […]

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HFi Today, March 2017

Mar 21 2017

  – We announce our newest Housing Business Ready council – HFi Chief Executive, Natalie Elphicke, is interviewed by Inside Housing – Investment News: Heylo Housing announce further plans to fund £1bn affordable housing developments – London Borough of Barking and Degenham appoint Lord Kerslake   SE LEP funded Chelmsford, Southend and Tendring councils achieve Housing […]

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HFi Today, February 2017

Feb 27 2017

Key Issues: More Councils Show that they are Housing Business Ready Latest housebuilding results The HFi on the Housing White Paper The HFi on the Housing White Paper: Focus on the South East Housing Infrastructure Pilot: HFi Workshop Brings Experts Together to Unlock Housing Infrastructure Solutions HFi Comment: The Government Should Break Up The Monopolies That […]

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How to create value to build homes and regenerate estates: tried and tested intervention and value creation techniques for councils

Nov 22 2016

In estate regeneration and in their role as Housing Delivery Enablers, councils have an array of options to support housebuilding, create value and make schemes happen. Across the country councils have worked creatively and proactively with their skills and resources to bring forward housebuilding, community building and successful regeneration. In our work at the Housing […]

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Research Highlights 2016: Conference Special Edition

Oct 05 2016

The HFi have released a Research Highlights 2016: Conference Special Edition which is a compilation of all our research and commentary work over the last year. It addresses key housing and infrastructure questions such as: How do we build more homes, faster? Does London have capacity to build a million homes? How could boosting the boroughs […]

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HFi launch Housing Business Ready Work-Book

Sep 27 2016

The Housing & Finance Institute are celebrating our first anniversary with the launch of our new Housing Business Ready Work-Book: A Guide to Shaping Up Municipal Muscle for Housing Delivery.   It has been a fantastic first year of operations, which has been demonstrated by the success that our HBR Councils, industry and business partners have had […]

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HFi publish new research report: From the Shores to the Shires

Sep 27 2016

The Housing & Finance Institute have released a new research report: From the Shores to the Shires – Regional Local Councils, Big Housing Opportunities.  This latest report has been published alongside a new practical Work-Book which is designed to support these Councils in achieving their housing ambitions. You can read more about the HFi’s new Housing […]

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HFi celebrate first Anniversary

Sep 23 2016

The Housing & Finance Institute are delighted to be celebrating our first anniversary of operations this month. By working together we are seeing a substantial difference for communities across the country. To celebrate, we will have some exciting news to share with you. Please do keep updated on our website and through our Twitter feed. Thank you to everyone who has worked with […]

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RESI Conference 2016: Let’s Build More Homes, Faster

Sep 23 2016

The RESI Conference 2016 marked the first gathering of the property industry since the Brexit vote – and the message from the Housing and Planning Minister, Gavin Barwell MP was clear;  ‘We’ll be challenging you to build more homes, more quickly’.   Many councils are showing leadership in driving housing delivery. The HFi were delighted to […]

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DCLG Housebuilding Statistics for 2015/2016

Aug 30 2016

  The latest statistics from DCLG show annual housing starts are up 2% and completions are up 6% compared to the year ending June 2015. Housing starts are now 112% above their recession low in 2009 with just over 144,000 started in the last year. This shows that Britain has been building again. As we […]

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Construction ONS May 2016

Aug 08 2016

The latest ONS construction figures show a pullback in new housing output as housing market confidence fell in the immediate run up to the EU vote. This drop was most acute for private housebuilding. New private housing fell 3.5% in May from April levels. Public housing was less affected, falling by 0.8% month on month. On a long term view, the UK […]

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Inside Housing: Who’s Who in Local Authority Housing Development project

Aug 07 2016

Inside Housing have launched a new project which will celebrate Council officers and partners who are breaking new ground for housing. As well as recognising local government’s housing trailblazers, the Who’s Who project will share some of the innovative work they are doing to spread the word and share the good practice. The HFi will form […]

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We are the builders now: A view on the Cameron-Osborne Housing Legacy

Aug 02 2016

We are the builders now – a view on the Cameron-Osborne Legacy A shorter version of this article was first published on the Times Red Box on 1 August 2016: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/tory-policies/debunking-the-myth-camerons-housing-legacy-is-the-strongest-for-a-generation   Britain’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, inherits a golden platform for housing. The strongest housing legacy of any incoming government for over 35 […]

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View from the LGA Conference

Aug 01 2016

The role of Councils in enabling housing delivery is more important now than ever. At the recent LGA conference, Natalie Elphicke and Claire Coutinho of the Housing & Finance Institute spent time talking to Council Chief Executives and Leaders about their plans for housing. Overwhelmingly, we heard a clear expression that housing must not be […]

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Are you Housing Business Ready? – Launch of the HBR Together Programme 2016 with Local Partnerships

Aug 01 2016

The HFi are pleased to launch the Housing Business Ready Together brochure for 2016, working collaboratively with an HFi founder partner Local Partnerships. The flagship Housing Business Ready Programme consists of an external review and series of workshop sessions together with Housing Showcase where we see and celebrate housing delivery achievements in your area. The HBR […]

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Can you help Eastbourne identify land?

Aug 01 2016

Housing Business Ready Eastbourne Borough Council are calling on people to help them with the development of their new Local Plan. Local residents, councillors, developers, landowners and other interested parties are being invited to put forward sites they think would be suitable for housing or employment development, either in the short term or looking to […]

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‘How to build London Homes, Faster’ April 2016

Apr 29 2016

Housing Delivery will be top of the next Mayor’s agenda. This six point plan sets out practical action to build the homes we need. 1.Political Leadership: The Mayor devolving more powers to boost the Boroughs. For City Hall and the Boroughs to work better together. 2.Money: Put London’s Housing Money to work. 3.Business: Harness London’s […]

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“How To Build More Homes, Faster” March 2016

Apr 29 2016

Can we build more homes, faster? Yes, we can. This paper is a practical blueprint for action in infrastructure and dependences mapping and build out rates, to turn those planning permissions into homes on the ground. Read report here.

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“Boosting the Boroughs” February 2016

Apr 29 2016

How the devolution revolution can build the homes London needs. Read more here.

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The Great Housing Philanthropists Part 4: Sir Sydney Waterlow

Apr 08 2016

Sir Sydney Waterlow was a British politician, businessman and philanthropist. Waterlow was committed to solving the housing crisis in Victorian England. Disturbed by the dire living conditions of low income working people, Waterlow formed the Improved Industrial Dwellings Company in 1863. The company started with an initial capital of £2.2 million in today’s money. Waterlow […]

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Budget 2016: Supporting Housing and Infrastructure

Mar 16 2016

The Chancellor’s 2016 budget was announced yesterday. It included significant support for housing and infrastructure. Annual housing starts are at an 8-year high. Planning permissions were granted for more than 250,000 homes last year. Nevertheless, the budget clearly stated that more needed to be done to continue this upward trend in housing delivery; to keep […]

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Budget 2016: Working Together to Help Release Council Land

Mar 16 2016

The Chancellor announced today new measures for collaborative working to help release council land for 160,000 homes or more. The 2016 Budget states: • for the first time ever Local Authorities are collaborating with central government on a local government land ambition, working with their partners to release land with the capacity for at least […]

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Budget 2016: Robust Support for Housing

Mar 16 2016

Today the Chancellor unveiled his 2016 March Budget with robust support for housing. Announcements include 400,000 affordable housing starts by 2020/21, extra money to tackle homelessness, stronger housing planning powers, money for community led housing and £700m for flood defence systems. The Chancellor gave the green light to major projects as recommended by the National […]

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The Great Housing Philanthropists Part 3: Nathan Rothschild

Mar 16 2016

Nathan Rothschild was a British banker and noted philanthropist, concerned with improving housing conditions for low-income people. In 1885, Rothschild’s horror with the miserable living conditions within London prompted him to form The Four Per Cent industrial dwellings company. The company’s capital was set at £1.9 million in today’s money. Shares were issued at £1,200, […]

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Council Monitoring Powers Can Drive Up Build Out Rates

Mar 15 2016

Despite the recent acceleration in construction of homes, received wisdom in the fields of housing, finance and regeneration is that the build out rate of construction firms on permissioned sites reflects the total maximum capacity of the local housing market in which that builder operates, rather than simply the appetite or capacity of that builder […]

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How Mapping Major Infrastructure Dependencies can accelerate delivery

Mar 15 2016

The Housing & Finance Institute (The HFi) have released a new report, How to Build More Homes Faster, assessing how to accelerate build out rates across the country. A recommendation of the report is for Major Infrastructure Dependencies Mapping. It is usual practice for some larger sites to be planned and announced for delivery when […]

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How to Build More Homes, Faster

Mar 14 2016

The Housing & Finance Institute have released our latest report ‘How to Build More Homes, Faster’. The theme of this report is to identify the issues which are holding back housebuilding across the country, and to make recommendations to help unlock a greater efficiency in housing delivery. The report found that that there is a […]

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New Report from the London Housing Commission

Mar 07 2016

The London Housing Commission has published a new report which has highlighted a number of important issues surrounding London’s housing crisis. The report made the case that Whitehall should devolve more powers to City Hall and individual London boroughs. This reaffirms the proposals that the Housing and Finance Institute had set out in our Boosting […]

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HFi Celebrate Breakfast: The Future is Off-Site

Feb 29 2016

Around 100 people – leaders of local government, housing businesses and finance – assembled to share stories of success and ideas on continued acceleration of housebuilding. Many present identified advanced manufacturing and offsite construction – both as it exists now and the culture of continuous improvement – as the most exciting evolution for housing delivery. […]

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Housebuilding sees growth across the sectors

Feb 25 2016

New housebuilding statistics from DCLG show a sharp increase in housebuilding completions in the last quarter across the sectors. The numbers are a reflection of the hard work that has been done across the board over the last year in delivering more homes. Overall housebuilding completions in Oct-Dec 2015 were 22% higher than the same […]

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The Great Housing Philanthropists Part 2: Octavia Hill

Feb 20 2016

Octavia Hill was a prominent social reformer in Victorian England. She became an influential driving force behind the development of social housing for low income working people. Hill was a pioneer of providing mixed housing forms using small scale housing and cottages rather than block apartment styled developments. She also argued for the improvement of […]

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Next Mayor of London should relinquish control of housing policy

Feb 02 2016

The Housing & Finance Institute has today called for the next Mayor of London to loosen the reins on housing policy in the capital.

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Mark Boleat: Solution to the housing crisis is to be more European and build at higher densities

Feb 02 2016

London could take one million more homes – but only if we build at higher densities and promote effective private and public sector cooperation.

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BOOSTING THE BOROUGHS: A devolution revolution to build the homes London needs

Feb 02 2016

As London elects a new Mayor in 2016, housing is set to be a centrepiece of the next London Mayoral term. Or is it? This new research from the Housing & Finance Institute explores the diversity of London’s housing Boroughs and recommends: • Full Housing Devolution to the Boroughs: Full direct devolution of housing to […]

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The Great Housing Philanthropists Part 1: Angela Burdett-Coutts

Feb 01 2016

Angela Burdett-Coutts was a leading Victorian philanthropist and a pioneer of social housing. Appalled by the terrible levels of social deprivation and squalor found in parts of the East End, she took matters into her own hands. She bought a site in the East End which was being used as a large rubbish tip and […]

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Two thirds of authorities in England saw housebuilding completions rise in the last year

Jan 10 2016

New figures from DCLG show Q3 housebuilding starts and completions in England holding their upward trend with housing starts +2% on Q3 last year. This is supported by the stronger performance of Net Housing Supply figures out last week which showed a 25% surge year on year. Private enterprise, which has seen a marked acceleration […]

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We Choose to Build

Nov 25 2015

“In this Spending Review, we choose to build: Above all, we choose to build the homes that people can buy.” Today, the Chancellor laid out plans to double the housing budget in what he described as the “most ambitious housebuilding agenda since the 1970s” with £20bn investment in housing over the Spending Review period. The […]

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Net Housing Supply powers past long term average

Nov 18 2015

Net Housing Supply powers past long term average for the first time since recession • The supply of new housing in 2014-2015 increased to more than its long-term average after a 25% surge year on year; • Three quarters of the increase came from New Build (+19% y/y) and a quarter largely from a surge […]

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Private Enterprise accelerates back to long term average

Nov 17 2015

Private housebuilders are building the highest number of homes for many years. Private housebuilding is back within 10% of the UK long term run rate, according to the latest government statistics released in August. The credit crunch had a catastrophic impact on private housebuilders. The year 2007 had been a terrific year for builders. But […]

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