We have welcomed the opportunities for local councils to become direct providers of new homes.

The Housing Forum is committed to collaboration and sharing of best practice. Our Councils Network aims to provide forums which are beneficial both at a strategic and practitioner level.

Our direction is set by our 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.

Our network of Local Authorities has continued to expand and now represents 65 authorities nationally; including all local authorities in Greater London, Greater Manchester and Kent. In addition to Birmingham City Council, Bristol City Council, Exeter City Council, Hull City Council, Leeds City Council, Sheffield City Council, and Stoke on Trent City Council.

We have established a Local Councils Advisory Group to work with us. This group helps to identify key areas of expertise and knowledge that can support local councils.

We hosted a Councils Housing Conference online in Spring 2020. Councils across England were strongly represented with over 150 webinar delegates. There was wide appreciation of the content and a follow up Autumn Conference is planned.

“We value The Housing Forum’s cross sector membership and the breadth of the discussions that offers. In particular, we have found it really useful to listen to a range of different voices including Local Authorities, housing associations, construction companies, manufacturers and consultants all around one table.”

~ Homes England

In addition to national conferences and webinars, we have hosted panel events and forums around the country of two main types in the past 18 months:

Local Council Practitioner Panels

Panel events packed full of practical guidance for local councils setting out to build.

These panels have covered issues such as

  • Viability assessments
  • Procurement options
  • Design quality and construction quality.
  • Options and choices in development services
  • Roles and responsibilities in partnership working

These events have been held in Stoke and Southampton with a number of others planned.

Development Partnership Forums

These networking events are for all the parties involved in partnership house building and regeneration across all tenures. Events assess the operational markets and provide a platform for the development and promotion of new initiatives.

New entrants into the housing market, including local council and housing association companies are welcomed. Invitations are extended to the whole Housing Forum membership to foster sharing of best practice across the private and public sector.

Participants have included central and local government, GLA, Homes England, MHCLG, contractors, developers, housing association suppliers and consultants. Events include themed presentations and discussions on housing policy, design, regulation, investment, strategic development and major settlements.

Join us


As well as complimentary invitations to the above forums, the annual subscription provides a range of benefits and guarantees a free place at each of our major national events and at many of our smaller, often regional events.

Membership is for the entire organisation and you are free to select who should attend particular events and work streams in line with business requirements.

See here for a full list of benefits.

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