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Developing local affordable housing

  • Type HQN Event
  • Venue Manchester
  • Start 19 Feb 2020 10:00
  • End 19 Feb 2020 16:00


Developing local affordable housing

Although there is considerable focus on council housebuilding through the housing revenue account and local housing companies, the process by which to do this is a grossly neglected area.

This one-day workshop, based on HQN’s published Guide, takes a practical look at what’s needed to develop and implement an affordable housing policy – from choosing what type of affordable housing development, to how best to deliver it.

Assessing local affordable housing requirements

An evidence-base is essential for understanding the nature and scale of need. Guidance in the National Planning Policy Framework is not sufficiently detailed to cover, for instance, the needs of vulnerable groups. So what should councils and their partners do?

Prioritising objectives

There are many housing as well as non-housing aims for boosting affordable housing supply. But often these are not prioritised leading to confusion and lack of clarity. So, how can councils and their partners make difficult decisions on priorities?  

Identifying affordable housing development models

Councils and their partners frequently choose between a limited range of models (eg, local housing company versus council housebuilding). What are the advantages and disadvantages of other approaches such as commissioning, joint delivery vehicles and custom-build? What factors should you take into account?


Land, funding and skills – they are all critical resources essential for delivering affordable housing. What do you need to do to identify the gaps? How can you plug them?

An opportunity to hear from practitioner speakers who have been through the process and to debate and discuss key issues.

The day will be led by Tim Brown, expert on strategic housing matters. Tim is a longstanding HQN associate and lead for HQN’s Strategic Housing Network. He is a Senior Research Associate in Housing and Local Government at De Montfort University and was formerly the Director of the Centre for Comparative Housing Research.

Tim authored HQN’s recent Guide to the Delivery of Affordable Housing.

Tim has been involved in numerous projects on boosting housing supply over the last decade including:

  • Being a member of the Government’s Montague Review on institutional investment in housing
  • Undertaking a Local Government Association project on council housebuilding
  • Research work on the policy transfer of the low income tax relief system in the USA and France to boost affordable housing provision in the UK
  • Providing advice and guidance to various councils on establishing local housing companies
  • Producing briefing papers for HQN on planning and housing development.

Tim is also a Board Member of East Midlands Housing (EMH) Group and Chair of its Care and Support Subsidiary.

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Delegate fees:
Full price: £299.00 *

Members of any HQN network: £219.00 *

Early bird non members only£269.00 *

Early bird pricing ends on Friday 17 January 2020

* Please note that all prices are subject to standard VAT. Please call 01904 557150 for more information.

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A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.


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