Shelagh Grant Addresses National APS Conference 2018

Date: 12/09/2018



Shelagh Grant, Chief Executive of The Housing Forum will be addressing delegates at the Association for Project Safety’s annual conference in Manchester today; presenting on the subject of ‘Building homes for all: Managing targets and maintaining health and wellbeing’.


The conference will discuss the particular health and safety challenges and opportunities arising from large scale infrastructure projects and will bring together leading experts from energy, ...

Estate Regeneration: What Next?

Date: 10/09/2018



In advance of the Autumn Statement, this symposium hosted by Birmingham City Council and supported by MHCLG, will consider the way forward for the Estate Regeneration programme and will examine the challenges faced by different programmes across England and particularly:


  • Resident Engagement
  • Social Impact
  • Delivery Vehicles
  • Finance and Funding


As well as speakers from MHCLG and Homes England, there'll be the opportunity to hear from those involved in delivering ...

Development Partnership Forum for the south & west of England: Supply & Regeneration

Date: 14/08/2018




The major focus of this inaugural Development Partnership Forum for the south and west of England will be on new initiatives and latest policy from government, developing quality homes, diversifying housing supply and estate regeneration. This Forum will be relevant to all councils and housing associations together with partnering contractors. Wider diversity of housing supply is critical as housing continues to be a major political and social issue.


The Development ...

Autumn & Winter Events Programme

Date: 06/08/2018




We are delighted to announce The Housing Forum's updated autumn & winter events programme for 2018. 


If you would like further information about any of our events, please do contact us via events@thehousingforum.org.uk.





Wednesday 12       CEO Forum with Engie       Leicester
Wednesday 26   ...

CEO Forum Output: A Question of Balance

Date: 31/07/2018




The subject matter and discussion for The Housing Forum's July CEO Forum, hosted by NHBC, was balancing government targets with diversity in housing supply.


Richard Donnell, Research and Insight Director, Hometrack covered trends in tenures and the market in general. NHBC’s figures shows starts are down 6.4% for the affordable sector and 4.6% for the private sector in the 12 months to April 2018.


There followed a discussion regarding individual ...

Building the Future: Our 2018 National Conference Report

Date: 24/07/2018




Building the Future: National Conference Report 2018


Thank you to all of the housing and construction professionals who attended our 2018 Conference: ‘Building The Future’. The Housing Forum have hosted a National Conference every year for the past two decades. It is the major event in our annual programme.


We have compiled a report for our 2018 National Conference that you can download below, and we are also grateful for the support of our conference ...

CEO Forum Output: Partnering for Housing Delivery and Diversifying Supply

Date: 10/07/2018




The subject matter and discussion for The Housing Forum's latest CEO Forum was partnership and diversifiying housing supply.


NHBC hosted the Forum and openend with a perspective on the current state of play in terms of new starts and registrations. Long term trends indicate continued growth with the second highest level of registrations in a decade, although there has been some decline in numbers of registrations in London.


There followed a ...

Resource Pack: Development Partnership Forum for Housing Supply & Estate Regeneration

Date: 29/06/2018




Wider diversity of housing supply is critical as housing continues to be a major political and social issue. Our Development Partnership Forum in June had a major focus on Estate Regeneration and developing additional homes and for those setting up new housing companies.



The Development Partnership Forum is an initiative from The Housing Forum to bring government and industry together to share best practice and support new entrants into housing development. It is ...

"The Best Ever Housing Forum National Conference"

Date: 24/05/2018



Over 175 senior executives from across the housing and construction sector attended our sold out National Conference: #BuildingTheFuture on Wednesday 23rd May in London. 


Attendees at the conference enjoyed a full programme of expert speakers from across government and industry, followed by a walking tour around schemes surrounding the former Olympic site by Queen Elizabeth Park.


Feedback from attendees illustrated the value of the day with a range of ...

Development Partnership Forum: Housing Supply & Estate Regeneration

Date: 16/05/2018


Housing Supply and Estate Regeneration


Wider diversity of housing supply is critical as housing continues to be a major political and social issue. This Development Partnership Forum will be relevant to all councils and housing associations together with partnering contractors with a major focus on Estate Regeneration and developing additional homes and for those setting up new housing companies.



The Development Partnership Forum is an initiative from The Housing Forum to bring government and industry ...

MHCLG Housing Supply Director announced as keynote speaker for 2018 National Conference

Date: 20/04/2018


Isobel Stephen Announced as Keynote Speaker


Isobel Stephen, Housing Supply Director, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), will address delegates with a keynote presentation focusing on ‘Ambitions for housing delivery – and for integrated communities’ on Wednesday 23 May at the Grange City Hotel.

Isobel has responsibility for strategy, design of programmes and relationships with the developer sector, mortgage lenders and institutional investors.

Shelagh Grant, Chief Executive ...

Estate Regeneration Forum 19th January 2017

Date: 18/01/2017


The Housing Forum begins 2017 working with DCLG and GLA discussing the Estate Regeneration National Strategy and the London Mayor’s Good Practice Guide at the Estate Regeneration Forum 19th January.


Councils, developers and consultants will discuss what matters most for residents in the process, finance and design of estate regeneration.

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The potential of off-site produced housing to help solve London’s Housing Crisis

Date: 21/12/2016




The Housing Forum made a full submission on the Rapporteur Review on the 30th November 2016.

The Rapporteur Review requested input / comments from industry on the potential of off-site produced housing to help solve London’s housing crisis.

The review assesses the benefits of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and how this can assist in accelerating building of new homes in London, the role the Mayor can play to support off-site produced housing, and how ...

New £18m fund to speed up house building

Date: 11/11/2016




Housing Minister Gavin Barwell has announced a new £18million fund to accelerate house building in order to provide thousands of new homes where people will want to live.


From 11 November 2016 councils are able to bid for a share of the ‘capacity fund’ which is created to tackle planning issues that can cause delays and prevent builders from getting on site and starting work quickly.


The £18million will help accelerate delivery of up ...

g15 meets the challenge of urban renewal in new report

Date: 14/10/2016





The g15 – who represent London’s largest housing associations– has launched a report which documents 35 of its estate regeneration projects. It highlights the importance of estate regeneration in solving the capital’s housing crisis and identifies what is required to deliver more.


The ‘Meeting the Challenge of Urban Renewal: The g15’s Contribution to Regenerating London’s Estates’-report shows how partnerships ...

Housing delivery in the post EU referendum context

Date: 27/07/2016





CEOs of The Housing Forum member organisations share insights on the effects of exiting the EU on house building, shared ownership programmes, the build for rent sector and on UK manufacturing into the housing market.


The conclusions of the Forum are:


  • In the aftermath of the EU referendum, significant confidence still remains in the housing sector.
  • The result has not changed the fact that there is a serious, long term under supply of housing in all ...

The Housing Forum's response to the EU referendum result

Date: 27/06/2016



The Housing Forum has issued a response to the decision by referendum of the UK public for the UK to leave the European Union.


The Housing Forum is the only cross-sector, industry-wide membership network that represents the entire housing supply chain on behalf of the housing industry.


Andy von Bradsky, Chairman of The Housing Forum, said:


"The vote by the British people last week to leave the EU will create a period of political uncertainty in the short ...

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The Housing Forum responds to Starter Homes consultation

Date: 18/05/2016



Following direct feedback from member organisations, The Housing Forum has responded to the Government's technical consultation on Starter Homes regulations 


The Housing Forum exists to Influence, Network and Inform across the housebuilding supply chain, to help fulfil our objective of "More Homes, Better Homes".


Under our "Influencing" workstream, we work to appropriately represent the views and opinions of our cross-industry membership organisations to ...

Discuss the Budget at our Peterborough workshop

Date: 15/03/2016

As the budget is tipped to include announcements on further housing developments, our workshop in Peterborough on 24 March will discuss opportunities for new housing growth.


The session will include contributions from Axiom, Cross Keys and Longhurst.


For more details and to request a place at the workshop, please contact Natasha Keesoony, Membership and Development Manager on 020 7648 4066 / 07880 195 560.

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Read The Housing Forum’s response to Cutting Red Tape - Housebuilding

Date: 11/01/2016

The Cutting Red Tape review of house building is a government review led by the Cabinet Office, DCLG, BIS, working with other government departments and regulators to identify and remove unnecessary regulatory barriers to growth and associated costs to the house building sector, while ensuring necessary protections are maintained. It will build upon previous work of the government to identify an initial list of regulatory burdens on house builders and identify opportunities to reduce these. ...

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 ...

The General Election - Housing

Date: 05/05/2015

Our reactions to the manifestos and policies ... read more


Breakfast Briefing on the General Election- hosted by our member PRP

Date: 11/03/2015

View invite here. 





Breakfast Briefing, 19th March 2015

We'd like to share details of a morning briefing that our member PRP and Lexington Communications are holding on the General Election and its impact on the housing industry.

With fewer than 100 days left, newspapers and airwaves are playing host to the nation's pundits and a confusing plethora of polls. This briefing event will provide ...

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The Housing Forum's Call for Action "More Homes, Better Homes" - Launched December 2014

Date: 01/12/2014


Britain urgently needs a new strategy to build more homes, invest in the existing housing stock and overcome a capacity and skills deficit that is threatening to create a barrier to increasing supply. But we must ensure that increasing output is not at the detriment of quality. If we are to leave a lasting legacy for future generations, we must innovate to drive the highest standard of design and performance in new and existing homes.


Though housing is clearly high up the ...

Lyons Housing Review Report published today

Date: 16/10/2014

The Lyons Housing Review: Mobilising across the nation to build the homes our children need


The Labour Party have today published the report of the independent review of housing led by Sir Michael Lyons.

The full report can be downloaded here:



We face the biggest housing crisis in a generation, because for decades we have failed to build the homes we need. The consequences of this are widely felt ...

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