Council Housing is Front and Centre as Councils Building Homes Welcomes James Murray.
On 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.
Guest Speaker Mark London providing insight to the MHCLG's consultation response 'Building a Safer Future'...
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 Hackitt 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.
Round table discussions were chaired by experts from across the industry.
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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