HQN Asset Management Network News


The Asset Management Network routinely looks over the biggest and most relevant news stories, reports and publications for members, covering the latest updates for everyone working in asset management, repairs and maintenance, and environmental issues.

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Week commencing 22 April 2019

Labour to scrap developer ‘get-out’ clause

Permitted development rights introduced since 2013 allow developers to bypass the normal planning process by converting commercial spaces into housing without the consent of the council and local community.

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Hackitt ‘concerned’ Grenfell recommendations will fall away

Author of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety post-Grenfell, has warned not to let Grenfell slip off the agenda.

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Optivo to cut private sale homes from development plan

Optivo plans to cut up to 700 market sale homes from its development plans as part of measures to de-risk its exposure to the volatile UK housing market.

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London slump drags UK house price growth to more than six-year low

Official data also showed Britain’s consumer price inflation unexpectedly held just below the Bank of England’s 2 percent target in March, offering relief to consumers whose spending has helped Britain’s economy through the Brexit crisis.

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Guinness to build largest ever housing scheme in Leeds

The Guinness Partnership has acquired a 928 home site, the biggest in its history, at Hunslet Road near Leeds Dock

Guinness is ensuring that at least 35% of the homes will be affordable, compared to previous plans for the site which only allowed for 5% of new homes to be affordable.

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UK project to ‘significantly’ improve energy efficiency of buildings

A UK project will create new technologies to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, following a £1.65m grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

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Giant ‘concreteberg’ blocks sewers in Islington

The blockage has been described as “an industrial amount of solidified cement.” Thames Water said it is 100 metres long and weighs 105 tonnes – as heavy as a blue whale.

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Week commencing 8 April 2019

Kerslake: ‘We need more grant funding’

Speaking at the National Federation of ALMOs conference, Kerslake said there needed to be “a massive new social housing build programme in this country”.

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RICS: Brexit impasse continues to challenge the housing market

Demand from buyers remains in negative territory, and sales and new property coming on to the market continue to decline. While respondents still envisage a modest improvement in activity twelve months ahead, a modest fall in house prices UK-wide expected over the next couple of quarters, although the regional picture remains mixed.

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February sees construction struggling to gain momentum

There was a modest 0.4% growth in construction output in Great Britain in February 2019 but the industry is still getting over the 2.8% fall that it suffered in December.

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Housing Minister unveils new guidance for local authorities to crack down on rogue landlords

New online support comes as part of the government’s drive to give greater protection to tenants, and reform the private rented sector.

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Call for new Construction Minister to take action on home standards and quality

The new Construction Minister Andrew Stephenson is being urged to raise quality and standards in the home building industry by introducing licensing.

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Growing complaints about new-build houses

The Homeowners Alliance says they have seen an increase in the number of people approaching them for help over the last two years because of serious defects with their new-build homes.

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Ex-soldier launches shipping container ‘village’ for homeless in response to veterans’ plight

Darryl Holmes, who served in the British Army between 1998 and 2004, launched a JustGiving crowdfunding appeal after he learnt around 13,000 veterans became homeless after leaving the military.

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HQN Podcasts: Raising the standard – taking decent homes to the next level

HQN’s Asset Management Network lead Mike Victory-Rowe speaks with Sandy Livingstone of Onward Homes and Leslie Rudd of the Sustainable Energy Association, and asks: Is the housing sector in a good position to raise the standard of its homes?


Week commencing 1 April 2019


A big congratulations to whg from the Asset Management Network who have been nominated for Best Places to Work by the Express and Star Business awards. Read more…

The Midland’s based housing association has also been named as the Walsall Works Gold partner for the second year running, in recognition of its Black Country Click Starts programme which aims to improve customers’ financial and digital skills. Read more…


10,700 new homes registered in February, NHBC says

The number of new homes registered by the UK’s housebuilders last month is down 7% on February last year, but more of them are affordable, NHBC’s latest figures show.

Of the 10,721 homes 7,550 were registered in the private sector (9,080 in 2018), with 3,171 in the affordable sector (2,495 in 2018).

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Welsh Government to promote high-rise retro-fitting of sprinklers

The Welsh Government will promote the retro-fitting of sprinklers in high-rise buildings, Housing and Local Government Minister Julie James announced.

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Construction can reap ‘major rewards’ from technology, says CITB

A new report published by CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) shows that construction can reap ‘major rewards’ from digital skills and technology, but only if it takes action in the next five years.

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Khan offers £200m to protect affordable housing amid Brexit

The Mayor of London has announced a fund of £200m in a bid to ensure the continued building of affordable housing, despite the impact of Brexit.

With negotiations still ongoing, it is said the housing market is already being affected, with reports of falling sales and uncertainty over house prices.

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Council targets 500 empty homes for renewal

Denbighshire County Council has gone all-out to raise awareness of where 500 empty homes are and why they’re vacant – in the hope they won’t be for longer.

And if the financial assistance on offer isn’t incentive enough, enforcement is on the table.

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