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Local Government and the Housing Market

Most of you will be aware that I am a councillor and Chair of Audit for West Lancashire Borough Council and as part of my role I participate in the ideas being developed by Local and Central Government including the private sector for housing. I feel it’s important activity as it generates policy and I can play my part in ensuring landlords are not demonised in the way we see and hear locally and nationally on the news.

Many Local authorities are starting their own developments companies and buildings homes for rent and for sale. I think this will be a major factor for the future and the PRS will have to be equal to the of the new housing in order to compete.

Localis and Willmott Dixon presented the brief and I thank them for their time.

 

The Brief

‘On the house: can public-private partnerships offer something for nothing?’

Tuesday 27th September Function Suite, The Yacht Club, 71 S Ferry Quay, L3 4BP

England faces a multi-faceted crisis in housing supply. Not enough affordable homes to buy, privately rent or socially rent are being built. And much of the existing stock fails to meet the requirements of its occupants.

One of the ways to address these issues that has been pursued by councils, developers and other partners – and has growing interest in Central Government as they grapple with the magnitude of the housing crisis – is the facilitation of residential development led regeneration by public-private partnership. In an age of austerity, ever increasingly strict government policy on local authority house building, this process can bring an innovative ways to build much-needed affordable homes as well providing long-term revenue streams to local authorities as development partners.

Bringing together senior figures from Central and Local Government and other relevant stakeholders, this roundtable will consider what role public-private partnerships can play in future regeneration schemes and in helping to solve England’s housing crisis.

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