HFi Summer Round-up


– Jaywick Sands is Turning the Tide

– RESI Conference 2017

– A New Vision for Housing Delivery

– Are you Housing Business Ready?

– The HFi at the Summer Conferences

Jaywick Sands is Turning the Tide

The HFi is pleased to announce that planning permission has been applied for in Jaywick Sands as part of the Jaywick Sands coastal village vision. A project the HFi team have been working on alongside Tendring District Council and the Coastal Community team. The Jaywick Sands renewal features in our recent paper Turning the Tide.

The first wave of Jaywick Sands’ new costal village are for a £1million-plus development for 10 homes in Tamarisk Way. Five of the new three-storey houses will be discounted starter homes, and the other five homes will be council houses prioritised for local people.

This land is part of 28 hectares which has been bought by Tendring Council as part of the groundbreaking renewal scheme. And there is more to come. Watch this space…

RESI Conference 2017

As many of you will know, this year’s RESI conference will take place at the Celtic Manor between 13-15 September. We look forward to seeing many of you there. And watch out for the event that the HFi will be hosting. More to come soon…


A Message from RESI

RESI Conference
13-15 September 2017, Celtic Manor Resort, Wales

This year’s RESI Conference will be assessing the political landscape in light of the shock outcome of the General Election and replacement of Gavin Barwell by Alok Sharma as housing Minister – what will this mean for the Housing White Paper and will it be kicked into the long grass?

The residential sector is asking questions after the Grenfell Tower tragedy and Property Week will try to deliver some of the answers – some of the biggest names in property and politics have been lined up to analyse what went wrong and what the industry can do to prevent another disaster.

New ideas and new people will be needed to navigate the chaotic landscape, which is why this year’s theme of Modern Methods of Disruption is so apt and why RESI will be running a stream of content dedicated to Proptech for the first time.

The Build-to-Rent sector will also be high on the agenda, as will Stamp Duty and the International Arena. At this year’s conference expect cutting-edge debate, unrivalled networking opportunities, new ideas, innovation and most importantly of all – challenge of the status quo.

Attended by some of the UK’s leading housebuilders and developers, ensure you don’t miss out!

Secure your place online at www.resiconf.com.

A New Vision for Housing Delivery


Recently, the HFi’s Chief Executive, Natalie Elphicke, spoke in a ‘Reform’ event about housing delivery. She was joined by Olivia Harris, Chief Executive of Dolphin Living, James Cooksey, Chairman of the Westminster Property Association, Andrew Haldenby, Director of Reform, and Cllr Nickie Aiken, Leader of Westminster City Council.

Cllr Aiken gave the keynote address and made it clear that housing is too polarised between wealthy homeowners and the poorest in our society, which has resulted in the hollowing out of communities. She believes this situation can be remedied through the building of thousands of new homes of all tenures in the City of Westminster. The point was also made that residents impacted by estate renewal ought to be treated fairly, and alternative measures ought to be looked at to ensure we provide for all, as economic viability has to be combined with community sustainability. Therefore, Westminster City Council has put in place a target of building 1,800 new affordable homes within the next five years, and called for new powers from central Government to assist them in that endeavour.

Natalie praised Cllr Aitken for her leadership around the housing agenda in Westminster. The Institute has identified that balancing powers from central Government to local Government and local government fully utilising their powers with strong leadership has been identified in a number of the Institute’s paper including in Boosting the Boroughs and How to Build More Homes, Faster report. Click here to watch the event.

Are you Housing Business Ready?

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As many of you will know, the HFi has now worked with over 50 councils on our Housing Business Ready programme.

Our summer cohort of councils are coming along well, and are looking forward to being awarded Housing Business Ready Status.

This programme is delivered on a one-to-one basis with councils and involves the council’s political and senior management leadership teams. Each programme is tailored by council to ensure their housing ambition can translate into even stronger housing success.

The HFi at the Summer Conferences


This summer, many of you attended – or will attend – one of the various conferences across the country. And there is more to come.

This month the HFi attended the Local Government Association conference in Birmingham. Natalie spoke at an Independent Group event about joint ventures, partnerships and How to Build More Homes, Faster. She also made it clear that all housing is local, therefore councillors need to be in the driving seat, flexing their municipal muscle.

Also, this summer there was the Chartered Institute of Housing conference in Manchester where the HFi spoke at a Trowers & Hamlins event about local authorities and their role in delivering new supply, as well as at a Laing O’Rourke event discussing the delivery of the policy objectives of the new government within a complex and difficult political environment.

The Institute also attended the National Infrastructure Forum in London where we spoke about some of the findings of our Housing Infrastructure Pilot, explaining that if there are more homes to be built faster, there needs to be faster infrastructure as well.