Set against the developing backdrop of the Northern Powerhouse, this year’s Summit will provide an opportunity for delegates to reflect on the fundamental questions facing the North and the housing sector including:
- What role does housing play in supporting a vibrant Northern Powerhouse?
- How do we unlock investment and delivery into our Northern cities and places?
- What is the future for social housing?
- Is local government set to capitalise on opportunity of devolution and decentralisation?
The Summit however also seeks to challenge all of us across the North – are we as effective as we can be, do we really meet our aspirations or do we hide behind excuses and don’t change until we’re pushed?
- Is the North really an alternative to London or do we have to acknowledge decline in parts of the North is inevitable?
- What can we learn from London?
- Will we see a bankrupt Northern Local Authority?
- Is the public sector too flabby and what can we do differently?
- Are we supporting dependency rather than unleashing aspiration?
And finally – what do our communities want from their North?
|09:30||Registration and refreshments|
Tom Miskell, Chair, Northern Housing Consortium
|10:40||Delivering the Northern Powerhouse; the role for Housing
Simon Ridley, Director General for Decentralisation and Growth, DCLG
Simon will provide delegates with detailed insight into the Government’s aspirations for the Northern Powerhouse as decentralisation continues apace. In particular Simon will address how Northern Powerhouse is a vehicle for Northern growth. He will provide an update on the devolution agenda and explore the role that housing can play in supporting economic growth across the North.
|11:05||New home delivery
Tom Ground, CEO, L&G Homes
Legal and General have created a new division, L&G Homes, and want to make a significant contribution to house building in this country. They also see an opportunity to radically shake up how we deliver our homes through ramping up our approach to off-site manufacturing. Hear from Tom Ground, CEO of L&G Homes, about why they see the future being in housing.
|11:50||Will the Powerhouse deliver and does Government care about housing in the North?
John Elledge, New Statesman
As the New Statesman publish their Northern Powerhouse special edition, John takes a friendly but critical view of the Powerhouse initiative and asks whether Government really understands Northern housing markets.
Paul Marsh, Regeneration Investment Organisation, UK Trade and Investment
Paul is Head of Projects and Finance at the UKTI”s Regeneration Investment Organisation (RIO). He will share with delegates the work that RIO is undertaking to secure institutional investment in large scale regeneration projects across the North of England and help public and private sector bodies realise opportunities. He will challenge the received wisdom about investment in London and explain why the Northern Powerhouse is becoming an increasingly attractive proposition.
Deborah McLaughlin, Executive Director North West, HCA
Deborah will provide an overview of the HCA programme, its direction of travel for this parliament and crucially for the North. Deborah will update on the role the HCA will play in working across the devolved landscape emerging across the North.
|14:00||Professional Practice Sessions
Stream A: Delivering the Powerhouse
Sam Stafford, Strategic Land Director, Barratt Developments PLC
Steve Waddington, Assistant Director – Housing and Community Safety, City of York Council
Sam Stafford is a member of the Housing the Powerhouse campaign group and will provide delegates with an insight into how the private sector sees the challenge of housing the powerhouse and what drives their investment decisions.
Steve will explore City of York Council’s approach to working in partnership with developers, enterprise zones and the key part housing can play in devolution. He will also look at the sector’s risk appetite and whether the North is agile enough to respond quickly to emerging trends and changes.
Stream B: Housing and Work Incentives
Dave Power, Chief Executive, One Manchester
A recent Centre for Cities report highlighted the skills gap between the north and south as one of the potential barriers to the Northern Powerhouse meetings its aspirations. Housing has long maintained an interest in supporting customers into work and improving their skill base, but to date, has this work had an impact at scale? Dave Power will explain how a collective of housing providers are seeking to be more ambitious in delivering opportunities for employment.
Stream C: Delivering Public Sector Reform
Jane Forrester, Strategic Lead on PSR, Greater Manchester
Securing economic growth across the North goes hand in hand with delivering public sector reform, Jane will give an insight into the work that Greater Manchester has done to ensure public sector services are delivered more effectively, more efficiently and with improved outcomes.
|14:50||Professional Practice Sessions
Stream A: Housing Finance Institute
Natalie Elphicke, Housing Finance Institute
Steve Partridge, Finance and Investment Director, QSH
The creation of the Housing Finance Institute was a key recommendation of the Elphicke/House Review of the last parliament. Natalie will advise how the HFI intend to speed up delivery across all tenures and will act as repository of best practice. Steve will explore how QSH have been successful in securing significant private sector investment to underpin ambitious growth strategies for differing housing products. This session will look at how QSH achieved these aspirations and how they see the future shaping up.
Stream B: Opportunities to reform healthcare through asset-based partnerships
Peter Molyneux, Chair, South West London and St George’s NHS Trust
Neil Revely, Executive Director People Services, Sunderland City Council and Joint Chair ADASS Housing Network
This session will explore the need to reform care pathways with a stronger community perspective and location and the potential of using NHS land to achieve this reform. The session will also look at how HAs and NHS Provider Trusts can develop joint ventures to achieve this.
Stream C: Future of Social Housing
Cath Green, Chief Executive, First Choice Homes Oldham
It is clear that the current government have concerns about the efficiency and effectiveness of the social housing sector. Some would argue that shots across our bows went unheeded for too long and we now have an exasperated government forcing us to act differently. Cath will share their views as to what the future holds for social housing with Cath drawing on the work being undertaken in Greater Manchester.
|16:00||Future of Cities and Local Government in the North
Ed Clarke, Centre for Cities
Does the devolution agenda provide an opportunity for the North to steer its own course or are we being handed a poisoned chalice? Outside of the formal steps towards Combined Authorities we are seeing greater decentralisation including. for example, around business rates. The Government believes this approach provides opportunities for entrepreneurial growth strategies for ambitious local authorities but is that the full picture? Is the North set to take off or are we likely to see a Northern LA go bust?
|16:30||Commission for Housing in the North and Conference Summary
Tom Miskell, Chair, Northern Housing Consortium
Tom will close the conference by reflecting on the discussion throughout the day and highlighting work from the NHC over the coming months, including the Commission for Housing in the North.