As part of our Building recovery programme, this roundtable aimed to highlight the key challenges facing the sector when it comes to prioritising fairness in recovery. Our multi-disciplinary panel gave their reflections on the sector’s urgent priorities with key themes around procurement, diversity and skills gaps.
Council-Led Housing Forum
Responding to increasing housing targets, tightening budgets and the desire to retain assets for long-term revenue, local authorities are once again starting to build their own homes.
New approaches such as wholly owned development companies or in-house teams are being set up across the capital, but lack of cross-authority support, capacity and skills is preventing authorities reaching their full potential.
As part of the Mayor’s Building Council Homes for Londoners initiative, this forum is providing technical advice to practitioners involved in the council-led delivery of homes. Boroughs that are pioneering delivery in-house or through housing companies, housing associations and independent experts share skills, experience and lessons learned, including pitfalls to avoid. The Council-Led Housing Forum encourages delegates to share their own experiences to build a strong knowledge base across the forum, with the ultimate aim of speeding up housing delivery.
Who is the forum for?
These free events are for local authority staff managing housing delivery projects day to day. The programme covers partnerships/special purpose vehicles (i.e. non-estate regeneration) wholly owned companies and direct delivery through Housing Revenue Accounts (HRA).
Borough legal, finance and property teams and Housing Associations are actively encouraged to take part as appropriate.
EventsView the 2021 programme here.
The following events have been moved online due to COVID-19. Please see individual events for further details.
21 September, 9:30 am – 12 pm
Zero Carbon Design
19 October, 9:30 am – 12 pm
Future of Council-Led Housing
Registration opens soon
Past events and video links
22 June 2021
18 May 2021
20 April 2021
Apprenticeships and Traineeships for Development Teams
30 March 2021
23 February 2021
26 January 2021
24 November 2020
Sales and Marketing
20 October 2020
Managing the Design Process
22 September 2020
21 July 2020
Handover & Aftercare
30 June 2020
26 May 2020
Project Inception & Planning
14 May 2020
Community Engagement in a COVID-19 World
28 April 2020
Initial Analysis & Feasibility
If you’d like to learn more, contact Visakha Sri Chandrasekera, Council-Led Housing Forum Manager
‘I head up a direct delivery team working in partnership with a London Authority with big ambitions to develop the next generation of council homes. The Council-Led Housing Forum events are helping us to do this, being both insightful and illuminating.’
Meera Bedi, Head of Development (New Build), Barnet Homes
‘Thanks for putting this series on, I think they have been the most relevant and interesting sessions I have ever attended. I really enjoyed the discussion and I have gained some great tips to supplement my knowledge.’
Simon Griffin, Project Manager, City of Westminster
In the context of building recovery, councils are looking at how to create more opportunities for under-presented groups to get involved in housing delivery. Future of London’s Council-Led Housing Forum held a roundtable on Apprenticeships and Traineeships, exploring how apprenticeships are an effective way of diversifying development management teams and helping councils recover from the pandemic.