This conference will address the key strategic role of Local Authorities in a changing landscape.
With the devolution agenda, competing priorities, the government’s commitment to delivering homes and Housing and Planning Act regulations still to come, we will examine how Local Authorities across the North are transforming their strategic housing role to meet new challenges.
Delegates will have the opportunity to take part in all sessions, and there will be time for questions and discussion. The conference will be chaired by Karen Lythe, Service Manager – Strategic Housing, City of Wakefield MDC.
This conference has a nominal charge of £29 for members.
|10:00||Registration and refreshments|
Karen Lythe, Service Manager – Strategic Housing, City of Wakefield MDC
|10:35||Devolution and plans for housing growth and renewal
Martin Waters, Lead – Housing Renewal and Growth, Tees Valley Combined Authority
This session will explore:
Establishing a land commission
Housing funding and investment
|11:05||Planning and permission in principle
Becky Eades, Team Leader – Planning Services, City of Wakefield MDC
Becky will discuss Wakefield Council’s initiative to improve housing growth, focusing on stalled sites. Becky will cover:
Appointment of a specific officer to develop a cross cutting strategy with strategic housing for a 3 year period
Dealing with planning related delays that can prevent or delay development starting on site, particularly where planning permission in principle has been granted
The drive to proactively deal with sites that have specific delays
Specifically identify sites that were on the Council’s system showing outstanding issues
Engage with developers, agents and promoting the initiative
Streamline the planning process wherever possible
|11:55||Reshaping and managing housing markets
Chris Buckle, Associate Director – Residential Research and Consultancy, Savills Housing Consultancy
Simon Martin, Savills Housing Consultancy
Steven Fyfe, Housing Strategy Manager , GMCA/AGMA Planning & Housing Team
This session will explore understanding housing markets, unlocking capacity for growth and encouraging genuine growth, with a view on how Local Authorities can help to stimulate and deliver growth.
|13:55||Private Rented Sector
Martin Ellerby, Head of New Business and Innovation, Place First
This session will explore how we can give the private sector confidence in housing markets.
|14:25||How do we deliver statutory duties at a time of competing priorities?
Gemma Waldron , Temporary Accommodation Manager, Newcastle City Council
Jane Edmends, Housing Services Manager, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
In this session Gemma will share with delegates:
Newcastle City Council’s approach in tackling homelessness, and
Newcastle’s partnership approach to Active Inclusion
Jane will outline other statutory duties and how Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is dealing with challenges in those areas.
John Clephan, Project Director, Sheffield Housing Company
Eugien Jaruga, Consultant (Partnership Project), Keepmoat Homes Ltd and Chair of Sheffield Housing Company
John and Eugien will describe Sheffield Housing Company (SHC) – the joint venture between Sheffield City Council, Keepmoat and Great Places Group – which is building 2,300 homes in the next 15 years for outright sale and affordable rent. With 300 homes and the first phase of development already completed, this session will deliver a unique perspective on why SHC was set up, its aims and how it works in practice
|16:05||Chair’s closing remarks|