Alan Cherry Debate summary

Alan Cherry Debate

Can the public sector lead on housing supply post-Brexit?

Stacked against obstacles alone, the answer to the above should be “no”. London local authorities must serve rapidly changing and growing populations with shrinking budgets, conflicting policy pressures and yet-to-be-defined fiscal powers under business rates reform. The Autumn Statement promised new money for housing, but there’s little certainty about long-term funding, and Brexit complicates every aspect of housing provision.

That being said, local government is already starting to lead on delivery, and is picking up the pace. To assess what’s working and how to sustain the momentum, cross-sector housing leaders gathered in late November for the Alan Cherry Debate, hosted by Countryside Properties and facilitated by Future of London.

Their conclusion? That local authority strengths – planning and CPO powers, land ownership, and access to low-cost finance – give them a pivotal role in meeting London housing need, and that their social mandate sets them up to deliver it well. What’s needed now is joined-up thinking. Read on…

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Deirdra Armsby, Director of Regeneration & Planning, LB Newham

Mark Baigent, Interim Head of Strategy, Regeneration, Sustainability & Housing Options, LB Tower Hamlets

Ken Baikie, Director, Regeneration – Thamesmead, Peabody

Dave Baptiste, Head of Housing Development, LB Ealing

Barbara Brownlee, Director of Housing & Regeneration,  Westminster City Council

Richard Cherry, CEO, Partnerships, Countryside Properties

Mike De’Ath, Partner, HTA Design LLP

John East, Strategic Director for Growth & Homes, LB Barking & Dagenham

Lyn Garner, Director, Regeneration, Planning & Development, LB Haringey

Jerome Geoghegan, Group Director, London & Quadrant

Peter George, Assistant Director, LB Enfield

Pat Hayes, Executive Director of Regeneration & Housing, LB Ealing

Michael Hill, Business Strategy Director, Countryside Properties

Gerry Hughes, Chief Executive, GVA

Ken Jones, Director of Housing Strategy, LB Waltham Forest

John Lumley, Director, Regeneration, LB Hackney

David Lunts, Executive Director, Housing & Land, Greater London Authority

Genevieve Macklin, Head of Housing Services, LB Lewisham

Paul Nichols, Divisional Director Regeneration & Planning, LB Harrow

Lisa Taylor, Chief Executive, Future of London

Davinia Venton, Associate Director (Land and New Business), Countryside Properties

Brendon Walsh, Executive Director of Regeneration, Economic Development & Environment, LB Hounslow