Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: The Race to 300,000 Homes

The article below, taken from this month’s Housebuilder magazine, is written by Newgate’s David Scane. David Scane, associate partner at Newgate Communications, argues that annual housing targets should reflect the number of new homes in the “planning pipelines”. This could benefit local authorities and developers alike. Last month in an interview with the Times Housing…

New research reveals local councillors think housing crisis is getting worse

61% believe housing crisis is getting worse 51% blame slow build out rate by developers Providing affordable homes the top priority 60% believe viability assessments being used by developers to avoid planning obligations 43% agree that Green Belt should be reviewed Newgate Communications’ Planning Committee Barometer reveals local councillors’ views on planning issues with housing…

Housing Sector: The more things change, the more they stay the same

The article below originally appeared in the October edition of Housebuilder magazine. The head of Newgate Communications’ South West and Wales office Ben Lowndes asks whether the industry’s latest ‘innovative’ answers address the right questions. At every level within the housing sector, it seems there are calls to do things differently. The government says the…

Briefing: Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Place

Context On Thursday 14 September, the Department for Communities and Local Government released a new consultation document, Planning for the right homes in the right places: consultation proposals. The document carries forward a commitment made in the Housing White Paper, released in February 2017, to consult further on a number of specific proposals. Reflecting this,…

Getting up the Numbers – Is Green Belt Policy Fit for Purpose?

The article below is taken from June’s Housebuilder magazine. Stephen Byfield, partner at Newgate Communications, bemoans the fact that green belt policy, a 70 year old system of land management, is still dictating what is built where in the UK. I found myself involved in a very interesting discussion this month on the provision of…