Housing and West Midlands Devolution - CEO Forum hosted by Wates Living Space - Walsall

Date: 19/01/2016

The Combined Authority proposed for the West Midlands will bring the seven West Midlands Metropolitan local authorities together with the aim of increasing economic output and setting service delivery to reflect priorities at a local level.


Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) for the area are in the process of preparing amalgamated plans for jobs and growth into a Super Strategic Economic Plan (SSEP).


The future Combined Authority could form a consortium or could create a ...

Building Homes- The Bigger Picture : Conference Highlights

Date: 14/07/2015




How to build more homes? This was the first question raised and responded to by Tim Wates – who urged that infrastructure in towns had to be improved when new homes are planned.



Tim Wates- Chairman- Wates Developments


David Lunts raised issues of the challenges for affordable homes in London where capital values are ten times higher than in Birmingham.




David Lunts, Executive ...

Events in Manchester

Date: 03/07/2015


With Ian Williams, we co-hosted a special dinner at The Gorton Monastery. Guest speaker was Deborah McLaughlin, Chief Executive, Manchester Place

who spoke on the topic of devolution and housing. The projected growth in population , the appetite for investment in housing  and the potential for  collaboration and local determination in many areas of public services were at the heart of Deborah’s speech. 


The evening began with the telling of the ...

A Housing Dividend from Devolution- topical debate in Leeds CEO Forum- just released

Date: 28/06/2015


Devolution to northern cities and their economic hinterland is part of the Government’s legislative programme.


The Housing Forum met to consider the impact on housing prospects in Leeds and Yorkshire. Keith Exford’s view on the course of devolution is that it is unstoppable; with some commentators saying that the level of devolved powers proposed does not go far enough.


Read more  about this CEO Forum that took place in Leeds ...

Funds for South West Housing Regeneration - topical debate in the South West - just released

Date: 08/06/2015

On the day of the Queen's speech announcing a new Housing Bill, The Housing Forum focussed on the challenges for funding for housing regeneration in the South West at a time of increasing devolution to major industrial cities.  Read more