Solace Masterclass: ‘The Housing Crisis - Providing Solutions to Meet Demand'


16 Nov 2016


Bevan Brittan Offices
Fleet Place House
2 Fleet Place



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Free for Solace Members.
Public Sector Non-member delegates can attend for a fee of £149.00 + VAT to include 3 months complimentary Solace Membership.*
* Only applicable to those who have not received this benefit previously.

Private Sector: Unfortunately private sector delegates are not able to purchase delegate places for this event unless a sponsorship or exhibition package is purchased. Please contact for further information.


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‘The Housing Crisis: Providing Solutions to Meet Demand’

Local Authorities and Housing Associations are currently facing one of their biggest challenges to date. The need to deliver the required number of homes, at the right time, and for the right price which requires organisations to work with partners across all sectors on developing innovative local solutions to increase housing supply and meet the ever growing demand for affordable housing.

Acting as both a direct provider and as an enabler of private and social housing, Local Authorities are uniquely placed to step up to this challenge. This masterclass will offer insights on the likely impacts of the Government’s housing policy proposals and different models of development delivery and asset management, and it will explore a range of housing options for localities. You will also be presented with two case studies who will share their best practice. 



Arrival, registration and refreshments


Welcome and Introduction to the Masterclass and welcome from the host:

- Overview

- Scene Setting: Councils as Place-shapers and the potential implications of Brexit

- Highlight key findings of the Solace/Inside Housing Research Report

Chair: Manjeet Gill, Chief Executive, West Lindsey District Council and Solace Deputy Spokesperson on Housing

Welcome from host: Beth Evans, Partner, Bevan Brittan


The Government’s housing policies: The Housing and Planning Act 2016

This session will examine the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and the possible impacts of the following policies in more detail: Right to Buy; Sale of high value assets.

Speakers: Helen MacNamara, Director General for Housing and Planning, Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and
Mark Hodgkinson
, Chief Executive, Homes and Communities Agency (HCA)

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Meeting the housing demand

- New development delivery

- Asset management models

- Increased opportunities for integrated working

Speakers: Jonathan Turner, Head of Housing, and Matthew Waters, Commercial Partner, Bevan Brittan

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CASE STUDIES: Innovative approaches to meet housing demand

Pinnacle and Woking Borough Council - Total housing management: New Vision Homes - In April 2012 Woking Borough Council handed its housing management functions over to New Vision Homes (NVH), a joint venture between Pinnacle PSG and Mansell. NVH is the first contract to link housing management with traditional blue collar services, and has created like for like savings of 30%. NVH delivers 24/7 housing management, repairs and maintenance, major works, estate services and construction on behalf of the council to 3,800 homes.
Speaker: Jim Saunders, Group Director Business Development, Pinnacle

Case Study Two: London Borough of Hackney: Award winning regeneration project

John Lumley, Director, London Borough of Hackney is credited with leading one of the largest regeneration projects ever completed with 9000 new homes delivered. By using self funding programmes, he has he has successfully turned around schemes with a history of failure. These have delivered a substantial number of homes for social rent and shared ownership alongside market rent.

John a true visionary will share the challenges and achievements involved in the project.


Launch of Civica Report

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Chairs Summary and Masterclass ends with lunch and networking