Every year Inside Housing compiles the definitive guide to which housing associations are building the most homes - its league table of the Top 50 Biggest Builders. As well as telling us who is developing, this is a barometer for the sector as a whole.
This year’s Top 50 invested a startling £5.3 billion, of which only £490 million was grant - a clear indication that housing associations continue to invest in building, as grant falls back.
What does affordable really mean?
Evidence from an independent research project the Chartered Institute of Housing commissioned with Ipsos Mori showed79 per cent of respondents believed young people will not be able to afford a home, even if they work hard and have a good job.
> Homes will debate this issue with three of the sector’s experts on Wednesday, 10:15-11:00, Seminar Theatre 3 (H+H)
Terrie Alafat, Chief executive, CIH
Trudi Elliott, Chief executive, RTPI
Paul Smee, Director general, Council of Mortgage Lenders
Local authority development masterclass
Through this, challenging and informed session, Council will provide expert advice to all local authorities looking to set up council-owned companies (COCOs) had become housing enablers. This session will highlight the success Bournemouth has already seen in increasing housing supply in the borough and provide crucial advice to all local authorities about to embark on the same journey, highlighting the pitfalls ahead and the need for a focussed outcome from the start.
> Catherine Hand, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins; Gary Josey, Director, housing, and Lorraine Mealings, Deputy director, housing, Bournemouth Borough Council will be hosting this invaluable workshop on Thursday 11:00-11:45, Mitie Theatre
EVEN MORE REASONS TO ATTEND
1 Experts in rapid-build systems for housebuilding will be presenting on a cost-effective solution used extensively in the Nordic and Benelux regions and now adapted for the UK market. The end product is as close to a traditional structure and appearance as you can get and ideal for all types of low-rise buildings.
Thursday, 11:15- 12:00, Seminar Theatre 3 (H+H)
2 Affinity Sutton and Circle have been widely quoted in recent months around the increase in housing supply both organisations hope to achieve post-merger. Kerry Kyriacou, executive director of development at Affinity Sutton will outline this in further detail explaining how they intend to dramatically increase the combined 1,800 homes they both already build. A vital lesson for all those organisations currently considering a merger themselves.
Kerry will be speaking on Thursday, 11:45-12:30, Mears Theatre
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