CEO Forum: New Homes with the New Communities Partnership23 November 2016
CEOs of The Housing Forum member organisations met in Leeds on 19th October 2016 to discuss new homes with the New Communities Partnership.
The conclusions of the Forum are:
- Flexibility in tenure mix is vital to delivery. It has to play to local conditions and circumstances and allow for exit routes.
- The New Communities Partnership offers the possibility of locally determined tenure and house type choice and more affordable housing than other routes.
- The local housing market in Leeds is dynamic and will need housing delivery at scale.
- Should individual local authorities pool resources to get the scale needed for development? Barnsley are looking to use resources to support stalled housing schemes and in Bradford, more development is needed on brown field sites as well as green field.
- A brownfield fund or programme with some equity deals would assist delivery in many northern towns.
- What is the position in planning of build out rates and pre commencement conditions?
In his opening remarks, Paul Moore explained that Kier have a unique offering to finance, build and service major projects and Kier Living North will move into a mixed tenure private sale offer on up to 6 major sites in the North. Chris Harris from Kier then set out the detail of the New Communities Partnership – a £1bn fund to provide 100,000 new homes for public sector organisations who hold land.
Other speakers included Adam Brannen from Leeds City Council, Naz Parkar from HCA, and Vicky Carroll from Yorkshire Housing.