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 ...
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.
Choose to Build to Rent
This first Breakfast Briefing for 2020 will consider the growth of Build to Rent and how this newer housing market is being shaped.
Who is developing and where and what could we expect for the future?
This breakfast panel session will provide an opportunity to look at the big picture; consider the offer to the customer in the current market and the changing range of building typologies in this sector.
This cross-sector member event ...
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.
This popular annual networking event for members provides an opportunity to reflect on progress in the sector over the past year. Members morning is also an excellent opportunity to catch up with colleagues from The Housing Forum's 150+ member organisations.
Our morning seminar will launch our new vision of "A Quality Home for All" and debate approaches to quality assurance.
9.30 Registration, coffee and networking
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 ...
Quality in construction is hindered by ambiguity in standards and regulations, issues accessing skills and talent and a history of fragmentation. This was some of the feedback from The Housing Forum’s Quality Counts Conference, hosted in London on 13 November.
Opened by Stephen Teagle, chair of The Housing Forum, the event focused on how to deliver quality consistently in the housing sector.
Making Quality Count
The first session, Making ...
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 ...
Quality continues to be a major challenge to our industry and levels of performance must be raised for our customers, for safety and for legacy.
The Housing Forum is holding a dedicated autumn conference to identify actions to commit to quality throughout the supply chain. The theme of this conference is at the heart of one of the key pledges of The Housing Forum.
We will be welcoming 80 delegates who will hear from high profile speakers covering key themes such ...
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 ...
We are delighted to announce Lovell Partnerships, London has joined The Housing Forum.
Lovell is a leading provider of partnership housing with over 45 years’ experience. With offices across the UK, Lovell provides a comprehensive range of services and can offer a full range of options for partners.
Lovell is part of Morgan Sindall Group plc, a leading UK regeneration and construction group with revenue of c£2.8 billion and which operates through six ...
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 ...
The Housing Forum provided a quality start to the Brighton conference in early March with popular sessions examining topical themes in the sector.
Partnering with Willmott Dixon and Women in Social Housing (WISH), the two events respectively explored organisational response to the outcomes of the Hackitt report, and the benefits of diversifying the workplace across the sector.
Delivering Better Safer Homes - The implications of Hackitt implementation for ...
The Housing Forum is delighted to be presenting the findings of our influential report ‘Stopping Building Failures’ at UK Construction Week 2018 (UKCW).
The co-chairs of the working group responsible for the report, Andy Tookey, Managing Director at Baily Garner and Nigel Ostime, Project Delivery Director at Hawkins Brown, will be joined by Austen Reid, Group Director of Development at Clarion and Katie Saunders, Partner at Trowers & Hamlins to discuss how the ...
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, ...
“The sector’s inability to deliver consistent quality is at the heart of all building failures”
Drawing on expertise from across the sector The Housing Forum is launching a new report and best practice guide – “Stopping Building Failures” aimed at providing a practical response to the “deep flaws in the current system” identified by Dame Judith Hackitt in her report Building a Safer Future.
Stopping Building ...
Our highly anticipated report, 'Stopping Building Failures: How a Collaborative Approach can Improve Quality and Workmanship', is set to be launched next week in London.
Co-chaired by Andy Tookey, Managing Director at Baily Garner and Nigel Ostime, Delivery Director Hawkins\Brown, the working group responsible for the report draws directly from the expertise of our member organisations - commercially successful businesses who employ thousands of staff and contribute ...
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 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 ...
On 10th October PRP, The Housing Forum, and UK-GBC hosted a successful and well-attended event on the topic ‘Health and Wellbeing in Homes’ in Manchester. Following the successful launch of UK-GBC’s “Health and Wellbeing in Homes” report earlier this year, this event provided an overview of the evidence linking design features in the home and neighbourhood to better health and wellbeing outcomes for residents.
Our guests were from a wide ...
Our Working Group "Building Homes for the Future" will take place in Manchester on 6th May. The Working Group is chaired by Philip Pamment of PRP and is still open for new members to join. This meeting will include a panel session on “The local authority role as enabler and developer of new homes” and also feature a presentation from Paul Beardmore, Director of Housing, Manchester City Council . The current agenda is available here.
For those who have not attended a ...
Our member PRP and property consultant GVA are jointly hosting a follow up to the seminar from last year regarding housing development by Local Authorities post-HRA reform.
The follow up seminar will be targeting outer London Boroughs and will focus on the themes of using their assets to develop new homes and estate renewal on lower density estates. It will cover viability modelling, funding options, delivery vehicles, private sector appetite, ...
Shelagh Grant is Chief Executive of The Housing Forum
The scale of the housing shortage in Britain today dwarfs the capacity of housing organisations to build at scale on their own.
The Housing Forum was set up in different times to bring all parts of the housing industry together and to drive up standards and outputs through innovation, ensuring quality was central to the process of housebuilding and renovation.
This is best delivered through collaboration, and learning ...
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 Forum are pleased to host a special event to explore the common themes arising from the Wolfson entries - and how these ideas and concepts could impact on future large scale housing developments
- Winning entry - Uxcester -URBED – Dr Nicholas Falk, URBED
- Runner Up - Hoo Peninsular, Kent -Shelter with PRP - Andy von Bradsky, PRP and Toby Lloyd, Shelter
- Finalist- Maidstone - Chris Blundell
Open to members and supporters of The Housing Forum.
For further information and ...