Edge Debate 81: Can new players achieve a real increase in house building? – 25th September 2017

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 | Debates

house-building-graphThe 2017 White Paper Fixing our broken housing market says:
“The housing market needs to operate differently to start to address affordability and deliver the step change in house building that is required. The Government proposes to support different parts of the market, including new entrants, to boost productivity.”

So, how realistic is it for new players to meet the government’s expectations and deliver a step change in production?
• Can new SMEs make a significant impact?
• Can local authorities build enough homes to solve the crisis?
• Are barriers to entry too great? How can they be overcome?
• Do the big builders restrain trade for new smaller companies?
• How can the terms of trade be made fairer for new SMEs?
• What is it really like to try to break into the market? What can we learn from that experience?
• Should we even try to rely on firms that aren’t big enough ride out a recession?

Chair:
Terrie Alafat CBE: CEO Chartered Institute of Housing

Speakers:
• Andrew Whitaker: Planning Director, Home Builders Federation
• Dr Janice Morphet: Visiting Professor, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL
• Janet Sutherland: Housing consultant for Pocket Homes & formerly senior housing officer at Lewisham & Camden Councils
• Kevin McCloud: HAB Housing Ltd; Designer & broadcaster

Venue:
Sir Peter Hall Room (G.01)
Bartlett School of Planning, UCL
Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place
London WC1H 0NN

Timing:
Debate 6.00 (for 6.30) – 8.00 pm
Drinks and networking - until 9.00 pm

The debate is being run by the Edge and the Place Alliance as a by-invitation only event. If you would like to attend please register by attendee name on Eventbrite here

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come basis.

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