April 2015

We hear a lot about first time buyers but what about the last time buyers?

Following the recent proposals for the Help to Buy ISA scheme, the media has focused in on first time buyers. It is clear that the government’s commitment to housing lies with giving young people a leg up onto the property ladder. But, whilst ensuring first time buyers are able to access a housing market that… Read more

Written by Catherine Corkish | Posted on 29th April 2015

Catherine Corkish is Sales and New Business Negotiator at Riverside Home Ownership. Riverside is one of the leading registered providers of social housing in the UK, providing support and affordable housing to people of all ages and circumstances throughout England.

Homes for Britain lands in Bristol for housing hustings

When you say you are holding a housing hustings (a gathering for the public to ask the political parties representatives their burning questions) you tend to generate a healthy amount of interest but when you say you will have a very large inflatable house floating in the sky your interest then rockets. Bristol is famed… Read more

Written by Kat Hart | Posted on 24th April 2015

Kat Hart is External Affairs Manager for the South West at the National Housing Federation

From Land’s End to London: our film of the Relay to the Rally

For me the high point of the recent Homes for Britain Rally happened before the first speaker even stepped on the stage. Being outside the Hall, watching the assembled crowds, banners and placards waving, I felt the energy which had been created amongst the many housing associations, and others, present. Having Betsy, our Homes for… Read more

Written by Jenny Allen | Posted on 21st April 2015

Jenny Allen is Policy Leader at the National Housing Federation

The housing crisis isn’t about numbers, behind every number is a human need

There is no doubt that the UK faces a housing crisis. We live on a small island with a growing population and we need to double the number of new housing starts from approximately 125,000 a year to 250,000 if we’re to have any hope of keeping-up with demand. I have no doubt that, in… Read more

Written by Doug Hall | Posted on 16th April 2015

Doug Hall is a director of 3mc; a specialist mortgage provider within the buy-to-let sector. 3mc have been established for over 15 years working with lenders, mortgage intermediaries and the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) providing all types of buy-to-let mortgage solutions. During 2014, 3mc will expect to place in excess of £1.7 billion in mortgage enquiries

Website: http://www.rlamortgages.co.uk/

We have enough brownfield land to build a million new homes

Some may be surprised that the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) agrees we need to boost the supply of housing in England – in both town and country. Even before the dramatic decline in housebuilding triggered by the recession, we were building far too few affordable homes. Between 1950 and 1980, more than 100,000… Read more

Written by Neil Sinden | Posted on 10th April 2015

Neil Sinden is Director of Policy and Campaigns at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). He was previously Head of Policy and Research at the urban regeneration charity ROOM (now part of the RTPI), managing the Government-funded Positive Planning Project. He has also worked for the arts and environment charity Common Ground. He is a member of the Rural Advisory Group of the Homes and Communities Agency and a trustee of Civic Voice. Neil has an MPhil in Town Planning and a BSc (First Class) in Rural Environment Studies. He is a keen cyclist and lives with his family in east London.

Website: http://www.cpre.org.uk/

Young people need affordable, accessible housing – to rent or buy

Twenty five years ago, almost one third of first time home buyers were aged under 25. Today, 16% of first time buyers are under 25. The stark reality of that figure, reported by the CIH, is this: More homes are becoming overcrowded due to house shares, where tenants are paying rents equivalent to half their… Read more

Written by Maria Soleil | Posted on 8th April 2015

Maria is 25 and looking to buy her first home in the next year. She manages digital communications for mhs homes, the largest landlord in Kent

Website: http://www.mhs.org.uk

Are we missing unlocked opportunities in abandoned buildings?

Never has an issue been so widely felt and yet so difficult to define. What is the housing crisis? Is it soaring house prices or rising homelessness? Overcrowded families or twenty somethings who can’t get on the housing ladder? If we can define what we mean by the housing crisis, and our solutions, then our… Read more

Written by Rob Hunter | Posted on 7th April 2015

Rob Hunter is Policy and Research Analyst in the Business Improvement Team at whg.

Website: http://www.whg.uk.com/main.cfm

Our aging population needs homes designed to support us as we get older

Your home is the foundation for your life, whatever age you are. Whichever way you look at it health and financial stability are intrinsically linked with living in a home you can afford and that meets your individual needs. The UK’s housing crisis is not simply caused by a lack of homes, but also by… Read more

Written by Andy Patchitt | Posted on 7th April 2015

Andy Patchitt is Development and New Business Manager for Keystone Developments. The company was formed in 2001 as a member of Longhurst Group to focus on the growing market in retirement living and deliver quality homes designed for life. Operating in more than 45 local authority areas across the Midlands and East of England, Longhurst Group own and manage over 18,300 homes.

Website: https://www.keystonedevelopments.co.uk/

More faith in the planning profession is needed to end the housing crisis

Northern Ireland has a population of 1.84 million, we are a dispersed population with 37% living in rural areas, we have by far the highest incidence of fuel poverty in the UK, about 40% of mortgages are in negative equity and over 22,414 households are experiencing some level of housing stress. According to housing growth… Read more

Written by Claire Williamson | Posted on 3rd April 2015

Northern Ireland Policy Officer at the Royal Town Planning Institute. Claire has been working as RTPI NI Policy Officer since January 2012 and has been heavily involved in the consultation process surrounding planning reform in Northern Ireland. Claire has gained a wealth of experience in a a variety of sectors including retail, commercial, education, rural and residential over the past 15 years. She also lectures on a part time basis at Ulster University in Planning and Property Development.

Website: http://www.rtpi.org.uk/the-rtpi-near-you/rtpi-northern-ireland/

Countdown to the General Election: what’s next for Homes for Britain

Over 2,000 people attended the Homes for Britain Rally on March 17. It felt like a moment where the whole housing sector and beyond called time on the housing crisis. What next? Our hope is to turn the moment at the Rally into a movement for lasting change. On 8 April, the next phase of… Read more

Written by John Pierce | Posted on 2nd April 2015

John is the public engagement lead on the Homes for Britain campaign

Website: http://homesforbritain.org.uk