Timed to coincide with the likely date for Royal Assent of the Bill, our conference focuses on whether the Housing and Planning Act 2016 really delivers for the North. With an address from Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Housing and Planning, we’ll be focusing on the key areas of the Bill including Pay to Stay, Right to Buy, Rent to Buy and Permission in Principle.
Ideally placed to bring together Local Authorities and Registered Providers, the NHC will provide an update on the Commission for Housing in the North in the context of the Act, and a range of members will explore specific areas and facilitate discussion and debate.
- Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Housing and Planning (video address)
- Michael Laing, Service Director, Gateshead Council (Chair)
- Maggie Rafalowicz, Associate Director, Campbell Tickell
- Steve Waddington, Assistant Director – Housing and Community Safety, City of York Council
- Jim Bennett, Assistant Director of Regulation Strategy, Homes and Communities Agency
This event is free for Northern Housing Consortium members.
|9:30||Registration and refreshments|
Michael Laing, Service Director, Gateshead Council
Brandon Lewis, Minister of State for Housing and Planning (video address)
The Minister will outline government’s intended impact of the Act, and how the government sees the Act as positively moving the sector forward both nationally and in the North.
|10:15||Local Authority Impact
Maggie Rafalowicz, Associate Director and former Council Chief Housing Officer, Campbell Tickell
In this session Maggie will discuss in detail the impact of the Act on Local Authorities.
|10:45||Commission for Housing in the North
Tom Miskell, Chair, Northern Housing Consortium
Tom will update delegates on the first report coming out of the Commission in the context of the Housing and Planning Act.
|11:10||Professional Practice Sessions
1. Permission in Principle and local registers of land
2. Right to Buy Pilots
Vicky Corner, Business Support Manager and VRTB Project Manager, Riverside Group
In this session Vicky will explore findings and outcomes from Riverside’s involvement in the Right to Buy pilots, and how providers can work to achieve the best possible outcomes.
|13:00||Professional Practice Sessions
1. High Value Asset Sales
Steve Waddington, Assistant Director – Housing and Community Safety, City of York Council
Rebecca Shrubsole, High Value Assets and HRA, DCLG
In this session, Steve and Rebecca will facilitate discussion on the impact on Local Authorities of the extension of the Right to Buy into the housing association sector and initial thoughts on how LAs may respond.
2. Rent to Buy model
Geraldine Kay, Chief Executive, Derwentside Homes
In this session Geraldine will provide information on Derwentside’s innovative “rent to buy scheme” where tenants who have lived in a property for four years can take an option to purchase their home and share in any increase in value over the rental period.
|14:15||Housing the Powerhouse
Matthew Good, Planning Manager – Local Plans, Home Builder’s Federation
The Housing the Powerhouse Campaign, which is also supported by the UK’s premier business lobbying organisation the CBI, aims to increase the amount of new homes being built across Greater Manchester and prompt a conversation about the importance of housing to Greater Manchester’s burgeoning economy. It also encourages a debate about how Greater Manchester’s thriving technology, manufacturing and logistics sectors can be supported through the planning system.
Jim Bennett, Assistant Director of Regulation Strategy, Homes and Communities Agency
Jim is one of the leading officials in shaping the HCA’s regulatory approach in light of the impending legislative changes. This session will explore the role of the HCA going forward in the context of the Act and reducing regulation.
|15:15||Pay to Stay
Ian Clark, Group Director of Strategy and Communications, Together Housing Group
Alan Millward, DCLG
This session will look in-depth at the impact of Pay to Stay.
|15:45||Registered Providers and Local Authorities – closer working
|16:05||Chair’s closing remarks|