Council-Led Housing Forum

Brick by Brick housing
CGI Image of Barrie Close Mews. Coulsdon, South Croydon by Brick by Brick. Courtesy of Pitman Tozer Architects

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. The ultimate aim is to speed up delivery.

The first two events allowed practitioners to share their experiences of scaling up and building the right team. Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design kindly facilitated the third event, running an interactive workshop mapping the relationship between housing delivery and planning from early stage discussions to post determination and delivery. The following four sessions were aimed at junior staff involved in direct delivery and walked attendees through the full development management process, from feasibility to handover and aftercare. Most recently, Pollard Thomas Edwards hosted a session on achieving design quality, with workshops facilitated by Municipal housing development consultancy.

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.

Events

Download the programme if you would like to find out more about past and future events.

Upcoming events

17 September 2019 – 08.30-10.15am
Implementing fire safety regulation changes
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24 September 2019 – 2.00-5.00pm
Winning resident support
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22 October 2019 – 2.00-5.00pm
Infill development

26 November 2019 – 2.00-5.00pm
Finance

Past events

17 July 2019 – Achieving design quality

25 June 2019 – Development management 4: Handover and aftercare

21 May 2019 – Development management. 3: Construction

23 April 2019 – Development management. 2: Project inception and planning

26 March 2019 – Development management. 1: Initial analysis & feasibility

26 February 2019 – Working with planning teams

29 January 2019 – Building the right team

27 November 2018 – Strategic-approaches and scaling up

‘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

More information

If you’d like to learn more, contact Visakha Sri Chandrasekera, Council-Led Housing Forum Manager

visakha@futureoflondon.org.uk

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