Hertfordshire Housing Conference

The Annual Hertfordshire Housing Conference 2017

 

The 19th Hertfordshire Housing Conference will once again take place  at The Building Research Establishment near Watford on Monday 24th April 2017

This year’s conference will be examining the continuing issues providing affordable housing in the current economic climate,  50 years after the problems highlighted by Cathy come home and still no solution.

Speakers confirmed so far include  David Orr,  Chief Executive of National Housebuilding Federation, Shadow Secretary of State for Housing  John Healey MP, Alex Golledge, Bank of England  and Christopher Buckle, Associate Director
Residential Research and Consultancy, Savills.

This years event is sponsored by Thrive Homes, B3Living, NHBC and Aldwyck Housing Group.

Bookings are now being taken – Registration Form.

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Photographs from the 2016 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