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The Housing Forum is a national network of organisations involved in the commissioning, design and building of affordable homes.

 

We have welcomed the opportunities for local councils to become direct providers of new homes and are committed to collaboration and sharing of best practice.

We aim to provide forums which are beneficial both at a strategic and practitioner level.Our network of Local Authorities has continued to expand and now represents 65 authorities nationally.

The Housing Forum’s direction is set by The Housing Forum’s influential Board which is drawn from our membership and observers from MHCLG, RICS, GLA and Homes England. Their expertise provides unrivalled insight commercially, socially and politically.

 

Local Councils Advisory Group

The purpose of The Housing Forum’s Local Councils Advisory Group is to support the offer to local councils by identifying key areas of expertise and knowledge. The group is made up of senior housing executives from: Stoke-on-Trent, Islington, Exeter, Sheffield, Bristol, Maidstone, Southampton, Homes England, Greater London Authority and Leeds.

 

The Conference

Through our Local Councils Advisory Group we have determined that a webinar focused on energising house building as we come through Covid 19 lockdown would be very timely.

Last week construction workers were identified by the health minister as a priority group for testing but what is happening and can happen in house building over the coming weeks and months.

The Prime Minister delivered an address to the nation on Sunday in unveiling a “roadmap” setting out how he intends to “unlock the various parts of the UK economy”.

There’s a mixed picture with some councils having suspended all housebuilding and others having continued on a limited basis. Others have used the lockdown as a time to progress planning.

It’s clear that there is a gradual return to work but with homelessness and affordable key worker housing (Homes for Heroes) at the forefront of current thinking, how can this be integrated in a refreshed strategy going forward?

With the likely slow return of private sale and perhaps more focus on build to rent how does that change the short and medium term approach?

 

Who should attend

It’s a great opportunity for not just those in Local Authority Housing but for those council leaders looking to understand the strategic and practical issues going forward to join the discussion.

Featured image: Goldsmith Street, Norwich City Council and Mikhail Riches
Contributors:

Chair: John East, Board Member

The Housing Forum

Steve Partridge, Director, Housing Consultancy

Savills

Richard Walford, Partner

Foot Anstey

Bindu Arjoon, Director

Exeter City Council

Phillip Brundrett, Strategic Manager Housing Development & Regeneration

Stoke on Trent City Council

Andrew Gentry, Partner

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Susan Emmett, Head of Market Engagement

Homes England

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