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Affordable housing: policy and provision

Thursday, 09 November 2017 at 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Prospero House (etc Venues), 241 Borough High St, London SE1 1GA
£349 for RTPI members (From £199 with a season ticket)
£199 for licentiate members and independent consultants; £140 for students, unemployed and retired; £449 for non-members
RTPI Conferences

This Briefing & Workshop will define the problem facing the Central and Local Government including recent trends in the level of need, the macro-economic causes, and the wider housing crisis. We will look at the economic and social dynamics that will define the next few years.

We are facing a period of political and financial uncertainty. The fall of the value of the pound against the Euro has impacted on construction costs and the potential restriction on free movement of labour from the EU raises concerns over labour shortages in the construction industry.  

We will explore the relative importance of social housing as a Government spending priority and the constraints that new financial disciplines may impose and the vital role affordable housing policy plays in provision for Local Authorities. We will also look at new thinking and opportunities in affordable housing delivery, the changing role of the HCA, the diversification of Housing Associations into commercial activities and new joint venture opportunities for developers and local authorities. We will cover new thinking in terms of tenure, design and funding, the impact of CIL on affordable housing delivery and the viability constraints.

The event will illuminate all these issues from the public and private sector perspectives with legal and academic viewpoints. It is intended to be interactive with opportunities to share views and experiences through discussion and debate and to help map out the future in this key area of planning policy.

Benefits of attending

Attending this B&W will help you:

  • Hear how the policy of the Government affects the delivery of affordable housing
  • Understand the changing role of the planning system in building affordable housing
  • Learn how the development industry is handling the demands of affordable housing in the current economic and policy climate
  • Hear from experienced practitioners on economic viability assessments
  • Look at the emerging role of the HCA with example projects.

 Who should attend?

  • Local authority planners
  • Strategic planners
  • Those working in the commercial housing market
  • Housing association professionals
  • Representatives of community organisations



9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and introduction by the Chair

Simon Devitt, Affordable Housing Policy Consultant, Bespoke Property Group

9.40 HCA update

  • Launch of Homes England
  • Creating a better housing market and change places
  • Government’s ambition of increasing housing numbers by a variety of means

Jackie Jacob, General Manager Housing Programmes, Homes and Communities Agency

10.30 Local authority perspective

  • Demand for housing
  • Issues for local authorities
  • Viability submissions with planning applications

11.20 Coffee and networking

11.40 Legal update

  • Applying the Framework  with and without 5 year land supply post Suffolk Coastal and East Staffs
  • Heritage assets, assessing significance, shades of “less than substantial” harm. 
  • The experienced committee and planning inspectors as expert tribunal – common sense or judicial myths?
  •  Applying section 106 contributions – are councils free to spend as they please?

Jonathan Clay, Cornerstone Barristers

12.30 Panel discussion

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Viability

  • Affordable housing delivery in the current economic climate
  • The impact of national policy on viability of sites and affordable housing delivery
  • How affordable housing requirements are changing
  • Ways in which affordable housing providers are responding to change
  • Challenges for the future

Anthony Lee, Senior Director, BNP Paribas Real Estate

2.40 London perspective

3.20 Private sector view

  • Affordable housing and planning viability negotiations
  • Challenges to affordable housing delivery when a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is adopted
  • Affordable housing delivery in Local Authorities who have decided not to adopt CIL
  • The impact of affordable housing tenure on viability

Aahsan Rahman, Planning Director, RPS CgMs

4.00 Panel discussion

4.20 Chair's closing comments

Simon Devitt

4.30 Close