The Annual Hertfordshire Housing Conference 2016

Brave New World

The 18th Hertfordshire Housing Conference will once again take place  at The Building Research Establishment near Watford on Monday 4th April 2016

This year’s conference will be looking ahead at what will happen to social housing for the rest of the term of this government.  Following the announcements regarding housing in the latest spending review speakers will be commentating and analysing the likely effects.

Speakers confirmed so far include the Bishop of St Albans, who regularly speaks on housing matters in the House of Lords,  Matt Leach, CEO of HACT – the housing association sector’s ideas and innovation agency, Baroness Thornhill MBE, elected Mayor of Watford and Nick Cunningham, NHBC.  Details of the other speakers are available on the programme.

This year the conference will consist of key note speakers, panels and Q & A sessions.

Thank you to our sponsors Thrive Homes, Watford Community Housing Trust and NHBC

Bookings are now being taken – Registration Form.

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Photographs from the 2015 Conference

Breakfast Meeting at the House of Lords – January 2015
Launch  of a report on how local authorities are handling the housing crisis

Despite the challenges they face, committed and innovative local authorities can continue to increase the supply of affordable homes in their areas. This is the conclusion of a new report on the housing enabling work of local authorities in Hertfordshire launched at an event at the House of Lords on 20 January 2015.

The report was compiled by Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing Association and North Hertfordshire Homes on behalf of the East 7 group of housing associations, an informal alliance promoting affordable housing in the East of England.

David Bogle, Chair of the East 7 group and Chief Executive of Hightown commented at the launch that local authorities, already grappling with budget cuts and increased responsibilities, are also facing real challenges caused by the shortage of affordable housing. This leads to increased homelessness and overcrowding. However, despite this, the ten local authorities in Hertfordshire are achieving some positive results. A significant number of new affordable homes are being built on land provided by the councils themselves and despite the financial pressures most councils are continuing to provide grants towards new affordable homes.

Also speaking at the launch was eminent housing academic Christine Whitehead who stressed that the report exemplified how local authorities not only remain pro-active in their search for more affordable homes but are also working to speed up the planning and development process more generally.  She added that if some of the innovations being implemented in particular authorities could be applied more generally even more could be achieved.

The report was compiled by Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing Association and North Hertfordshire Homes on behalf of the East 7 group of housing associations, an informal alliance promoting affordable housing in the East of England.

The full report is available to download E7 Responding to the Housing Crisis