The lifting of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) debt cap has put house building programmes firmly on the agenda of local authorities. The mandate for more, better and faster housing brings with it the question of how to achieve delivery and meet government targets.
With this in mind, calfordseaden’s recent think tank, held in collaboration with the CIH, brought together industry experts to discuss strategies, challenges and practical paths to the delivery of affordable housing, focusing on volume, quality and speed of delivery.
The event was attended by a number of local authority representatives, all involved in varying aspects of council house building programmes. Our three guest speakers – Sarah Greenwood of Homes England, Joanne Drew of Enfield Council and Peter Quinn of Lovell – joined two of calfordseaden’s Partners to give their perspective on key issues and solutions. Topics covered included skills and capacity shortages, delivery models, case studies, Modern Methods of Construction, procurement and maximising the potential of mixed-tenure estates.
The panel discussion and questions from the floor covered pertinent issues faced by many of the attendees, and addressed questions of rooftop extensions, the impact of Brexit and progress made in the sector to date.
Rebecca Clarke, CIH Head of Membership and chair of the event, said: “I was delighted to see so many housing professionals coming together to talk about common challenges, but also showcase some of their successes. In our mind at CIH, it is clear that local authorities can play a pivotal role in reducing the downturn in affordable housing development. Some of the examples in the room were really encouraging and we are passionate about creating further opportunities to share best practice.”