Have your say on the Government's First Homes Consultation
We remain committed to increasing housing supply and making sure we represent the views of the entire housing supply chain to policy makers.
On Friday 20 March, representatives from The Housing Forum's cross-sector membership met online to discuss the design and delivery of 'First Homes' consultation to formulate a response to Government by the deadline on Friday 1 May.
Led by Stephen Teagle, Chair ...
Consultation Forum on First Homes for Members of The Housing Forum
Friday 20 March 2020 | 12:00 – 14:30
A members Forum on Government's consultation on the design and delivery of First Homes
We will discuss the design and delivery of First Homes, in particular, focusing on:
- Price Cap
- Local Connection
- Role of local authorities
- Role of housing developers
- Mortgage discretion
Formulation of a response to be submitted to Government by ...
Development Partnership Forum: The New Politics of Housing
Friday 14 February, London (09:30 - 13:00)
What measures will the new government bring in to address housing issues across the nation?
Safety and supply will continue to be very important issues. In this first Development Partnership Forum for 2020, we will examine government priorities and direction in building quality and home safety.
We will also cover local ...
The Housing Forum Members Morning - A review of what’s being delivered and the vision for the future
At our annual 2019 end of year member’s seminar, we launched the new vision for The Housing Forum - “A Quality Home for All”.
Chair, Stephen Teagle along with Deputy Chair, Jamie Ratcliff, took members through The Housing Forum’s Manifesto for Housing and how all members can support and benefit from these initiatives.
What is the future of housing standards?
The Housing Forum and NHBC will host the Quality Partnership Forum on Thursday 9 January 2020 to examine what role standards will play in shaping the future of housing.
Alongside the ongoing review of the building regulations in relation to fire safety, government consultation is also underway on the Future Homes Standard, including proposed options to increase the energy efficiency requirements for new homes in 2020.
The Housing Forum is writing to all main party candidates standing in the General Election in England, urging them to place quality house building at the heart of their political agenda.
Addressing politicians representing Conservative, Labour and the Liberal Democrats, a manifesto issued by The Housing Forum sets out the steps necessary to solve the country’s housing crisis.
Titled “A Quality Home for All”, the manifesto calls for an effective ...
The Housing Forum is pleased to announce its involvement at HOMES UK 2019.
HOMES UK will look at the entire ecosystem of home building and maintenance for every type of accommodation in the UK, from affordable to market sale and the rapidly growing build to rent, student, co-living and retirement sectors.
Taking place at the ExCel in London, the conference will welcome 6,000+ attendees, 200+ exhibitors and hear from 350+ speakers spanning 7 theatres on ...
The Housing Forum hosted a Development Partnership Forum in the Leeds City region in September focusing on ‘Building Homes for Growth’ – providing insights to the supply chain working on housing and regeneration in Yorkshire.
Delivered in partnership with Kirklees Council, the event included an update on the Homes England Strategic Plan, the housing strategy for Wakefield and the growth of community housing initiatives.
It also featured an ...
About The Housing Forum's Local Council Housebuilding Practitioners Panel
The Housing Forum is a national network of organisations involved in the commissioning, design and building of affordable homes.
We have welcomed the opportunities for local councils to become direct providers of new homes and as The Housing Forum is committed to collaboration and sharing of best practice, we are working with Foot Anstey at this event to develop a programme of practical ...
The Housing Forum’s Manifesto for Housing:
Achieving increased supply of the right homes and raising the quality of new homes are heavily impacted by wider economic conditions and the approach taken by the Government through supply and demand-side measures. The impact of Brexit and policy and investment decisions have the potential to immediately stimulate or contract market forces.
Unlike investment in other infrastructure, Government can commit to capital ...
The Housing Forum has established a specialist Older People’s Housing Working Group in a bid to tackle what has been coined a “Silver Tsunami” as a growing proportion of the population lives into their 80’s. How to make this a happy and productive time of life can create real challenges for individuals and for health and for housing professionals.
Tom Titherington Chair of the working group and Executive Director, Development and Commercial at Sovereign ...
Thank you to all Housing Forum members and Board members who contributed to The Housing Forum’s response to the Government’s consultation on ‘Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system’ and to Trowers and Hamlins for a helpful summary and overview.
We have long recognised that this is an important issue for organisations involved in the design, procurement and construction delivery of projects and welcome ...
MHCLG Press Release:
Make “places not just homes” and transform retail parks into thriving communities, says Commission
Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission publishes interim report.
Retail parks and supermarkets could be turned into new ‘mixed’ developments for communities, says report.
Calls for great weight on securing beauty in the planning system, for communities to be given an early and more effective voice in ...
How will the extensions to Brexit impact on the supply of housing when the long term reality is that more homes are needed to benefit local communities?
This question formed the basis of discussions at our latest CEO Forum hosted in partnership with United Living in Sheffield.
Encouraging the delivery of affordable housing in quality communities has been a core purpose of The Housing Forum which is the cross-sector forum for the entire housing supply chain.
Hear from Jim Martin and technical experts on 'Quality Beyond Hackitt' - including an examination of the Mayor of London’s Zero Defect Charter and the work the G15 have commissioned on “After Care” at our upcoming Affordable Housing Group event on Wednesday 22 May.
The Housing Forum and NHBC host a biannual Affordable Housing Group event for the housing and construction industry. The free-to-attend event is an opportunity for delegates to update their ...
Since the publication of the Hackitt Review in Spring 2018, the construction industry has been working hard to meet the various challenges set for it.
The Construction Products Association (CPA) has been involved with several critical elements of this activity, and has established its own Marketing Integrity Group (“MIG”) to specifically address Chapter 7 of the Review, which challenges how product information is made available to the wider supply chain.
Hear from Richard Jones of Arcadis on his well-informed assessment of the impact of Brexit on housing development and Alistair McLeod of Waterstons on using data to build in resilience in housing businesses.
This Forum will also feature:
- Draft new London Plan – what it means for housing partnerships
- Professor Janice Morphet’s up to date findings on new house building by local councils
- GLA’s Housing Tracker
- An in-depth examination of Clarion’s ...
Our annual breakfast event during MIPIM returns to the Radisson Blu on Wednesday 13 March.
This year’s panel discussion will centre on the role of local authorities in delivering new homes and the panel will include:
- Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council
- Tom Walker, Deputy Chief Executive, Homes England
- Steve Partridge, Senior Partner, Savills
- Richard Sterling, Development Manager, Willmott Dixon
As well as enjoying a buffet ...
After an eventful year with a series of announcements on affordable and social housing, the Letwin Review proposing a mix of tenure on larger sites and a consultation on new routes into affordable home ownership, including private sector shared ownership, the final CEO Forum in 2018 reviewed how far we have got in increasing supply.
The Forum also explored prospects for the domestic housing market in 2019 and the ongoing impact of Brexit on the housing industry.
We are delighted to announce the launch of The Housing Forum’s annual Yearbook; showcasing the Forum’s achievements in 2018, and previewing our plans for 2019.
Launched at The Housing Forum’s Members Morning event on Friday 7 December at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, the Yearbook provides a detailed summary of how the Forum has influenced the housing agenda during a transformative year for the sector.
Chairman of The Housing Forum, and Architectural ...
“A new deal for social housing”
Green Paper from MHCLG August 2018
Consultation period to 6 November 2018
Selected questions for response set out in bold
Chapter 1- Ensuring homes are safe and decent
1. Are there any changes to what constitutes a Decent Home that we should consider?
The introduction of the Decent Homes Standard made a significant difference to the quality of existing stock. However, the component based approach does ...
We are delighted to announce the confirmed programme for the upcoming symposium, hosted by Birmingham City Council and supported by MHCLG, 'Estate Regeneration: What Next?'
The Estate Regeneration National Strategy was launched in winter 2016 under the last administration and attracted interest from 100 places that received Government support. This event will consider the way forward for the Estate Regeneration programme and will examine the challenges faced by different ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 email@example.com.
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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: 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
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.
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. ...
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 ...
WHAT DOES THE GENERAL ELECTION 2015 MEAN FOR THE HOUSING INDUSTRY?
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...