Social housing: Solving Britain’s Housing Crisis

By Jessica Beckett A hundred years ago housing was made a national responsibility with the introduction of the Housing Act. A watershed moment in social housing, the legislation provided subsidies for local authorities to help finance the construction of houses for the “working classes” in post-World War One Britain. But a century on, and with…

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…

Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: The Perfect Application

The article below featured in the December edition of Housebuilder magazine. Newgate associate partner David Scane observes a scene that might be familar to many developers as the vagaries of the planning process scupper “the perfect application”. On a cold evening in September I sat in the public gallery of a local authority watching the…

The Letwin Review: No Yeezy Answers

Written by David Scane, Associate Partner Newgate Communications Most people, when asked, will tell you that there are strikingly few comparisons to be made between Kanye West and Sir Oliver Letwin. However, it turns out that the two men share one vital thing in common- a love of releasing highly anticipated work with very little…

David Scane joins Newgate

David Scane joined Newgate in September 2018, where he sits within the Engage team as an Associate Partner. David has worked in communications for the past 7 years, working alongside housebuilders, land promoters, and commercial developers. He has advised clients on a local, regional and national level, and regularly provides comment and opinion pieces in…

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…

Newgate in Housebuilder magazine: Stepping up to the council plate

The article below featured in the April edition of Housebuilder magazine. Newgate partner, Zoe Ensor, head of Newgate North, thinks it is time that industry experts stepped forward to become councillors to shift the balance in council chambers. The media spotlight landed on a new phrase recently with the public being introduced to the term…

CAPITAL& CENTRIC appoints Newgate

Manchester-based property developers CAPITAL&CENTRIC have appointed integrated agency Newgate Communications to manage its corporate PR. The partnership sees the strategic agency tasked with elevating awareness of CAPITAL&CENTRIC among business and consumer audiences, both regionally and nationally.  It comes as the team take on a slew of new projects across Manchester, Sheffield and Liverpool, with their…