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Increasing housing delivery in the current housing market

Since 2007/08 there has been an enormous change in the economic environment in which housing delivery operates. This is not only because of the economic downturn, but also the cost of rising sustainability standards. In its response to the global financial crisis, the UK government initially made funding available to support fiscal stimulus as private sector activity collapsed; but this came at a heavy price and the current government has introduced a strict regime of slashing budgets, and financial austerity. The current offer is the affordable rent product, which includes affordable homeownership products.

For housing associations bidding to the Homes and Communities Agency, this offers one option for new supply, but there are others: there has been a significant increase in the development of alternative and innovative delivery models for housing and affordable housing.

This course focuses on:

  • Whether the current delivery mechanisms are broken or only fragile, and how to work better within the current processes – Community Infrastructure Levy v S106
  • A review of the different approaches being used elsewhere, with case studies
  • How low-cost homeownership products are being used to improve the financial viability of schemes.

It considers these issues and offers delegates an opportunity to debate the individual approaches they’ve been looking at to improve delivery, and some of the potential difficulties and considerations in doing so.

Who should attend?

  • Development staff of housing associations considering new opportunities for delivery
  • Planning officers negotiating with developers for new schemes: to understand how different models and approaches may change viability
  • Developers trying to deliver affordable housing obligations
  • Housing strategy officers looking to meet housing need and demand in their local market.

Our trainer

Helen Brzozowski has worked in the social housing sector for 14 years. She has been a consultant and trainer for six years and is a director of arc4. Her expertise lies in the development of products and options to support households to access and move into the tenure of their choice. Her work involves developing new products and evaluating their success, including equity purchase models, rent to purchase models and intermediate rented products. She assists housing associations, local authorities and developers to develop delivery mechanisms and models to create viable schemes and introduce a range and mix of tenures to meet local needs.

HQN has a track record of helping organisations achieve real and lasting performance improvements. If you are interested in accessing this training package please contact us by emailing training@hqnetwork.co.uk

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