Councils Building Homes Forum 3 - 2nd July 2019

On Tuesday 2nd July Councils Building Homes forum welcomed Deputy London Mayor for Housing and Residential Development James Murray to address 33 local authority participants of the forum at the LGA office Westminster. 


James Murray offered encouraging words on what the Mayor’s office is doing to support “Affordable” home building and to support councils to meet what are arguably ambitious housing targets.


The Deputy Mayor acknowledged the limitations of the existing model of housebuilding, suggesting that council home building has found its time.  This is evidenced by the variety of models being used and the number of councils across the country taking more of a leading role to bring new homes forward. 


“councils building homes is the right thing for us to be doing”

The support being offered to councils in the form of the lift on the HRA borrowing cap, the Capacity Building Fund and the GLA Building Council Homes Fund will help to create what the Deputy Mayor wants to see as a steady state of much higher home building, so that any successor programmes can go even further.   There was also an acknowledgement that these measures alone will not be sufficient to build the homes needed, so the case  will continue to be made for more support for councils.


The Deputy Mayor, who oversees the Mayor’s £4.8bn affordable homes programme, concluded his speech by offering to support future CBH Forum events where possible, recognising that “councils building homes is the right thing for us to be doing”…….. and we look forward to welcoming him back. 


Building a Safer Future and the 'Golden Thread'


The supporting speakers at Airey Miller’s CBH forum included Bill Flood - Managing Director for Wokingham’s three development companies, joined by Serena Simon and Vikki Everett - Westminster City Council sharing their respective experience of councils as clients, and the importance of councils developing that ‘intelligent client’ function.  Mark London of Devonshires Solicitors gave a truly ‘eye opening’ account of the MHCLG’s response and consultation proposal to the Hackett Report Building a Safer Future.  Mark also spoke about the need for a change of culture, greater responsibility by Clienting organisations and a requirement to embrace the concept of the ‘Golden Thread’.  All speeches provided an invaluable contribution to the CBH Forum which has become a true knowledge sharing platform for councils.



The keynote speeches were followed by experts across the housing industry invited to chair round tables discussions on procurement issues, taking care with joint ventures deals, how to be a good client and financial models, all topical issues for Councils Building Homes 


Participants of the CBH Forum have been invited by Airey Miller to attend bespoke workshops on topics of their choosing, and most of these have already expressed interest.

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Councils Building Homes Forum 2 - 27th March 2019

The second Councils Building Homes forum was held in the spectacular London & Partners studio overlooking The Thames in More London Place.  To act on the conversations and feedback from our guests at the first event we selected the keynote speakers for the second forum on their experience with successful financial models and their skills in viability, they were also asked to address the industry wide skills shortage and to explore the need for capacity building within Local Authorities, 

Keynote Speakers

Councillor Paul Smith

Cabinet Member for Homes & Communities

Bristol City Council

Paul Smith was appointed as Cabinet member for Homes and Communities in May 2016. He has worked in the housing sector since 1989, mainly for housing associations, including as Director of Consultancy for Heart of England Housing Group in the West Midlands and recently as Head of Intelligence and Insight for Aster Group based in Wiltshire. Paul is charged with meeting the new build development of 2,000 homes per year by 2020 of which 800 should be affordable. This includes a number of small sites owned by the council housing department and difficult or contaminated sites owned by the council as a whole.

Pat Hayes

Managing Director


Pat Hayes was appointed Managing Director of Be First in August 2017. Previously he was Executive Director of Regeneration & Housing with Ealing Council during which time the borough became one of the most successful in London at attracting new developments and transforming public housing stock. Pat was responsible for bringing forward the Southall Wayerside development with the Berkeley Group, South Acton Estate with Countryside Properties and the delivery of Ealing Film Works with St George. He oversaw the evolution of the council’s housing company Broadway Living as a major build to rent developer. 

Before joining Ealing, Pat worked for Transport for London as Director of Borough Partnerships and prior to that, spent four years at Lewisham Council as Executive Director for Regeneration and Environment. Pat has worked for five other boroughs during a twenty five year career in local government.

David Lunts

Executive Director for Housing & Land

Greater London Authority


David Lunts is the Executive Director for Housing and Land at the GLA where he leads the Mayor’s housing, land and development functions. He was previously the Executive Director for London at the Homes and Communities Agency and before that was the GLA Executive Director with responsibility for planning, regeneration, housing and environmental policy. His earlier career included a leading role in housing and regeneration in Manchester during the 1980s and early 90s and a three year spell as director of Urban Policy for John Prescott at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Round Table Discussion Topics

  • Financial Models & Funding

  • Skills Shortage & Capacity Funding

  • Mobilising a Development Company & Programme Resourcing

  • Delivering Homes in Bristol


  • Arun District Council

  • Barnet Homes

  • Be First

  • Bristol City Council

  • Devon County Council

  • Greater London Authority

  • Hastings Council

  • Homes England

  • Homes for Lambeth

  • Homes for Reading

  • HTA Design

  • LB Enfield

  • LB Hammersmith & Fulham

  • LB Haringey

  • LB Lewisham

  • LB Redbridge

  • LB Southwark

  • LB Tower Hamlets

  • Mid Sussex Council

  • Newbridge Advisors

  • PRD Solutions

  • Winchester City Council

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Councils Building Homes Forum 1 - 6th November 2018 

For the first Councils Building Homes forum the Local Government Association Building in Westminster became our platform to host Local Authorities and their housing companies to meet and knowledge share their experiences of building homes. We selected the keynote speakers due to their excellent track records in delivering and supporting the delivery of Local Authorities building homes. Mark Baigent and Jamie Ratcliff dissected the recently released Housing Green Paper and helped an audience of 40+ understand the options available when renewing and regenerating housing estates, whilst Janice Morphet introduced her newly published research findings.

Keynote Speakers

Mark Baigent

Project Director

LB Tower Hamlets

Mark currently works with local authority clients to deliver estate renewal, town centre regeneration and innovative Council-led new build delivery companies. His previous experience includes leading on major housing investment strategies and programmes, including stock improvement and new supply. He has a strong focus on resident involvement, promoting equality and diversity, piloting new delivery models and partnership working.

Jamie Ratcliff

Assistant Director

Greater London Authority

Jamie is responsible for implementing the Mayor of London’s ambitions in relation to housing, encompassing policy, investment and commissioning services. He leads teams of forty people, with matrix responsibility for a further thirty-five. He is responsible for around £3.6bn of capital housing investment over the next four years and an annual revenue budget of £14m, mainly used to commission pan-London rough sleeping services

Janice Morphet


University College London


Janice Morphet has been engaged in planning practice and research for nearly 50 years. She has worked in local, regional and central government organisations and been employed as a consultant. She has been a trustee of the RTPI and TCPA and was a member of the ODA's Planning Decisions Committee for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Janice has been involved in planning education and research throughout her career. She was the head of a large school of planning and landscape and has been a visiting professor in the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London, UK, since 2005. Janice holds degrees in sociology, politics, management and literature and is a Fellow of the RTPI and of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Round Table Discussion Topics

  • HRA & General Fund - Delivering New Council Housing

  • Approach to Governance - Delivery Structures

  • Setting up a Development Company

  • Key Challenges to Commercial Developments


  • Ashford Borough Council

  • Greater London Authority

  • Heritage Lottery Fund

  • Homes for Reading

  • LB Bexley

  • LB Hammersmith & Fulham

  • LB Haringey

  • LB Harrow

  • LB Hillingdon

  • LB Lambeth

  • LB Lewisham

  • LB Redbridge

  • LB Southwark

  • LB Sutton

  • LB Tower Hamlets

  • LB Waltham Forest

  • Mid Sussex District Council

  • Newbridge Development

  • PRD Solutions

  • Southend on Sea

  • Spelthorne

  • St Albans City & District Council

  • Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

  • University College London

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