First-time buyers under the age of 40 in England can now register to buy new homes at a discount of up to 20% off the normal price.
The offer is part of the government's new "starter homes" scheme to encourage home ownership and construction on previously used "brownfield" land.
A new housing development called Mill Junction has been built in Johannesburg, South Africa, using shipping containers and disused grain silos.
It is an attempt to address the shortage of cheap, university accommodation.
Governments across the globe are grappling with the question of how to provide affordable housing for their ever-expanding populations. In the Netherlands many believe the solution lies not on land but on water.
Cruise by any of the canals in the Dutch capital and you'll catch a glimpse of people sipping cappuccinos on their floating verandas. Amsterdam, like many Dutch cities, is criss-crossed by an impressive network of canals.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has allowed on appeal a 550-home, mixed-use development on farmland near four Grade II-listed buildings at Ramsgate Kent, in an area without a demonstrable five year supply of deliverable housing land.
The outline application had been turned down by Thanet District Council.
Developer East Kent Opportunities and Rosefarm Estates PLC proposals also involved up to 63,000 square metres of office space and a local district centre with convenience retail and community healthcare facilities.
Housing associations need to sell private properties on the open market if they are to generate the money required to build social housing, delegates at the Liberal Democrat conference were told.
West Devon Borough Council has approved outline permission for a major mixed –use housing-led development in Tavistock.
The development is on the allocated Callington Road site at Tavistock adjacent to the A390.
The Department for Communities and Local Government announced that 13 housing associations will receive a share of £208m in loans to deliver 4,800 new affordable homes.
Average earners in England would need to more than double their annual salary just to keep up with out of control house prices, new research by Shelter shows.
To investigate how out of sync house prices have become, the charity looked at wage and house price inflation since 1997 in each area of the country. This was then used to calculate what average annual earnings would be if they had risen at the same rate as house prices.
A presumption in favour of converting farm buildings to residential use was written into planning guidance in the National Planning Policy Framework in 2012.
New isolated homes in the countryside should be avoided, it said, except under certain circumstances, including “where the development would reuse redundant or disused buildings and lead to an enhancement to the immediate setting”.
Ministers are encouraging developers and housing associations in England to bid for cash from a new £3.3bn fund which they say will create 165,000 affordable homes.
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