60 seconds: Coughing up for housing



60 seconds: Coughing up for housing


For a Conference described as being “flat and lacklustre”, the PM’s keynote address certainly provided much-needed entertainment. Sadly, for Mrs May, it was neither intentional nor for the right reasons.

Evidently her team is not only incapable of delivering a successful General Election campaign, but incapable of providing the poorly PM with a mere Strepsil before her big speech.

Looking beyond the disruptive sore-throat, the P-45-prankster and the Fawlty Towers signage, May spoke a lot about housing. In fact, it was a potent theme across both the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences this year.

While JC committed to rent controls and Miliband’s ‘use it or lose it’ rhetoric, May struck back by announcing £10bn for help-to-buy and £2bn for social housing.

The £2bn figure seemed radical at first glance, but was quickly overshadowed, not just by the coughing fit, but because it has since been speculated that £2bn will only build 25,000 homes over five years. Not exactly the ambitious policies required to help the 1.2 million families awaiting social housing and revive the Conservative Party.

It is welcome that the government is alive to the need to increase the amount of houses that are built, but hardly surprising given that Generation Rent overwhelmingly voted Labour last June.


If nothing else, at least her speech dragged housing into the limelight and muted all matters Boris and Brexit (if only for a 5 precious minutes).

The disasters which upstaged her could prove to be her saviour. Even the hardest of hearts cannot help but feel some sympathy and admiration for the ‘ice-maiden’s’ perseverance.

But the speech also highlighted how much she is at the mercy of events beyond her control – less the captain of the ship than the lookout in constant fear of sighting an ice-berg.

Have a great weekend,

This week at Curtin&Co

Coughing-up-for-housing2Curtin&Co at Conference
We welcomed the Secretary of State for Local Government and Communities, Sajid Javid MP, at our inaugural fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference. Our very own Associate Director Andrew Bingham, former MP for High Peak also gave a great speech. Thank you to everyone who came.

Success in Central Bedfordshire
Curtin&Co was delighted to be part of the project team which received planning consent under delegated powers for Catalyst Housing and their scheme for 61 new homes, the majority of which are affordable. The proposal was passed by Central Bedfordshire Council on Monday. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Success in Woking
Curtin&Co was also part of the of the project team who secured planning consent for 46 new flats on behalf of New Central Developments. Planning permission was unanimously granted by Woking Borough Council. Again, congratulations!

The week ahead

Put your money where the South is
What £500,000 buys you in the UK’s top northern cities compared to London

The Price Isn’t Right
Affordable homes in south-east England should cost £250,000 or less, says study

Social housing May-day
Theresa May’s speech and the challenge to expand English social housing

Industry reaction to May’s speech
Theresa May’s speech – property reacts

EU should turn red, says Clegg
Nick Clegg has urged people to join the Labour party in a bid to stop Brexit

And Finally…

Take That planning refusal Robbie
Robbie Williams loses three-year battle to build a summerhouse in the garden of his London mansion after a row with neighbours

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