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New towns and old ideas: Labour’s housing plan – podcast | News

New towns and old ideas: Labour’s housing plan – podcast | News

[ad_1] Labour’s key housing pledge is to build 1.5m homes if it wins the general election. Its plan includes a promise to build new towns but what would it take to pull it off? “I think the new towns idea is very grabbing,” Robert Booth, the Guardian’s social affairs correspondent, tells Hannah Moore. “To build genuine new settlements, which are sufficiently large to have all the infrastructure, all the character, all the sense of place of a town or even a small city, rather than just another housing estate.” However, it’s not clear how Labour would achieve this policy. “The level of detail that Labour have put out about this is thin,” says Booth. “We don’t know where these might be, we don’t know very much about how they would be funded or delivered, and how long it would take to do that.” Booth explains how Labour plans to change the planning laws to allow for more building, including on some greenbelt land. He reports from Hitchin, North Hertfordshire, where former greenbelt land is already …

Inside the last of New York’s original artists’ lofts – in pictures | Art and design

Inside the last of New York’s original artists’ lofts – in pictures | Art and design

[ad_1] Documentary film-maker and photographer Joshua Charow sought out the creatives still inhabiting New York’s former industrial spaces – factories, warehouses and theatres – as the last of the art scene holds out against gentrification. The introduction of the “loft law” in 1982 gave legal protection and rent stabilization to people living in non-residental buildings [ad_2] Source link

Labour must beware the pitfalls of its new towns policy | Housing

Labour must beware the pitfalls of its new towns policy | Housing

[ad_1] As a former town planning policy adviser to both Tony Blair and David Cameron, I have only one question about Labour’s proposed new towns: who will benefit from the significant increase in land value arising from granting planning permission for them (Labour will aim to reveal new town sites within first year in power, 20 May)? Postwar new town legislation forced landowners to sell land to the state at the existing use value. The surplus from the later resale of the land at market prices paid for infrastructure and affordable housing. Angela Rayner gave no suggestion that Labour would deploy such heavy artillery. But if it does, it would be well advised not to announce new town locations until it has control of the land, “grey belt” or otherwise. Alternatively, existing tools such as planning obligations and community infrastructure levies could be used to tax this value out of the hands of the landowner beneficiaries, with the proceeds spent locally. These raise £7bn annually across England, mostly in areas under the biggest housing pressure. …

‘People have died on the waiting lists’: South Africa’s housing crisis casts a shadow over election | Global development

‘People have died on the waiting lists’: South Africa’s housing crisis casts a shadow over election | Global development

[ad_1] A picture of Nelson Mandela watches over the dimly lit room where Maggie Mothemba has lived for six years. “He’s like my father,” says the 57-year-old, who remembers the day in April 1994 that she voted for Mandela’s African National Congress in South Africa’s first democratic election. She was then “full of hope” to be on the list for a government-subsidised house to raise her two children – a key ANC’ election promise. But Mothemba is still waiting, along with 2.5 million households languishing in a housing crisis. In 2017, facing eviction from a private rental , she moved into a derelict hospital in Woodstock, a Cape Town neighbourhood, squatted by people protesting the slow pace of affordable housing development. Maggie Mothemba, 57, moved into Cissie Gool House six years ago. She lives in a small room across from the one in which her adult daughter lives. Photograph: Julie Bourdin While the government has accommodated almost 5 million households in 30 years, delivery has slowed drastically over the past decade. As South Africa holds …

Building a ministry that serves housing insecure and homeless students

Building a ministry that serves housing insecure and homeless students

[ad_1] A reflection by Pacific School of Religion student D. Lopez When you picture a college student, what do you see? An 18–22-year-old living away from home for the first time in a dorm or a shared apartment? That image is out of date. Today, 40% percent of college students are over 25, 58% work, and 25% are parents.    And while the college-going demographic has changed, so have major macroeconomic factors affecting them and their ability to complete their degrees. The cost of tuition and housing has risen precipitously over the past 25 years. As a result, 62% of students are currently affected by housing insecurity or homelessness, according to the most recent #RealCollege Survey. Unsurprisingly, the impact is even more dire for students who identify as part of the BIPOC or LGBTQIA+ communities.   In addition to being a Doctor of Ministry student at Pacific School of Religion, I serve as the Housing Coordinator for the Student Housing Security Initiative affiliated with the Fort Collins Lutheran Campus Ministry (LuMin). The Initiative began in 2019 after …

Tell us: have you bought a house in the UK with your friend? | Housing

Tell us: have you bought a house in the UK with your friend? | Housing

[ad_1] While house prices have steadied in the first part of 2024, home ownership remains out of reach for many as the average cost of renting continues to increase. This has prompted some to find different ways to get onto the housing ladder. We would like to hear from home owners who bought their house with one or more friends. Why did you choose to pool your resources? What are the pros and cons of sharing your property with someone who is not a significant other? Tell us all about it below. Share your experience You can tell us about your experience of buying a house with a friend using this form.  Your responses, which can be anonymous, are secure as the form is encrypted and only the Guardian has access to your contributions. We will only use the data you provide us for the purpose of the feature and we will delete any personal data when we no longer require it for this purpose. For true anonymity please use our SecureDrop service instead. [ad_2] …

‘Double punishment’: the racial discrimination in Europe’s rental housing market | Race

‘Double punishment’: the racial discrimination in Europe’s rental housing market | Race

[ad_1] The 40 sq metre apartment had everything that Hamado Dipama was looking for: one bedroom, a bath and a good location in the southern German city of Augsburg. When he called to set up a viewing, however, the landlord kept asking him where he was from. “It was really bizarre,” said Dipama. “I told him that I didn’t know what that had to do with his rental. And he hung up on me.” Dipama, originally from Burkina Faso, swiftly realised he had overlooked a stipulation listed plainly in the 2019 newspaper advert: “Germans only.” It was a window – albeit far more overt than usual – into the kind of discrimination that racialised minorities across Europe have long faced in the housing market. In recent years, as cities across the continent grapple with a shortage of decent, affordable housing, campaigners warn that the housing crisis is having a disproportionate effect on people of colour and other minorities. For these communities, “it’s a dual crisis”, said Magda Boulabiza, of the European Network Against Racism. “Discrimination …

The One Thing Holding Back Heat Pumps

The One Thing Holding Back Heat Pumps

[ad_1] So the demand is there, as is growing support from the federal and state governments. What’s lagging is the workforce—at least temporarily. And the US is nowhere near alone: Wherever heat pump adoption is growing, more workers need to train up to meet demand. “If you look at a place like, say, Finland, where pretty much all your heating systems are heat pumps, this is not really an issue anymore,” says Jan Rosenow, who studies electrification at the Regulatory Assistance Project, a policy NGO for the energy community. “If you wanted to buy an electric car 10 years ago, it was quite difficult, wasn’t it? Now, you can go to any showroom and you can find them. I think the same is going to be the case with heat pumps. It’s already the case with heat pumps in more mature markets.” In the US, though, we don’t have some sort of giant, national program to quickly get more people trained in HVAC. “It would just make sense that there would be this path to …

Higher costs and cramped conditions: the impact of Europe’s housing crisis | Europe

Higher costs and cramped conditions: the impact of Europe’s housing crisis | Europe

[ad_1] Decades in the making, Europe’s housing crisis is being felt from the Netherlands to Portugal, Greece to Germany, and in Britain. Prices and rents have soared, availability and affordability have plunged and housing has become a political issue. Between 2010 and 2022, property prices across the 27-member bloc surged by 47%, according to a 2023 Eurostat report. In some countries they almost trebled: Estonia recorded a 192% rise. Only in two member states, Italy and Cyprus, did they decline. Chart Rents, meanwhile, rose by an average 18% over the same period, increasing in every single EU member state except Greece (where they have risen by 37% since 2018). Some of the biggest hikes were in the Baltic state of Lithuania, up 144%, and Ireland, up 84%. Chart Partly as a consequence, the proportion of households whose total housing costs account for 40% or more of their disposable income – known to policymakers as the housing cost overburden rate – which fell during the pandemic, is climbing steadily. In Germany, where just over half the …