London and the Regions MRS August 2017 front page

HFi Today, London and the Regions


– Housing Market Research Series: London and the Regions

– The Big Housing Business Breakfast – 27 September

– It’s finally here, the HFi at RESI

Housing Market Research Series: London and the Regions

On 1 September, we released our Housing Market Research Series: London and the Regions report, kindly sponsored by Cheyne Capital.


We were delighted to see the report covered widely by the media, including City AM, The Times and many other trade publications.

To read the report please click here.

London and the Regions MRS August 2017 front page

The report included original research, looking at the number of homes started in London and the Home Counties over a period of years and the report found:

Britain is still building
– New homes starts are the fifth best in a quarter of a century
– There is no evidence of a Brexit wobble

London is lagging
– A sharp decline in last year’s housing figures may herald a longer-term decline
– London may need additional and special measures to reverse its housing problems

The Home Counties and regions are leading the charge in building homes and in planning permissions
– High delivery in the South East has been supported through the Institute’s Housing Business Ready programme
– The first councils in Surrey (Mole Valley) and Berkshire (Wokingham) have now completed the programme as well as key coastal communities across the South East

To keep Britain building in order to achieve the Prime Minister’s housing target of 1.5 million homes by 2022, the Housing & Finance Institute calls on Government to implement a twofold strategy:
– Additional and special measures for London should be considered, including a review of recommendations set out in Lord Kerslake’s London Housing Commission Report; and
– Enhanced flexibility, funding, powers and support for the regions should be considered so that they can meet the million homes needed for the nation, including a review of recommendations set out in the Institute’s work ‘From the Shore to the Shires’.

The Big Housing Business Breakfast – 27 September, 8.30 – 10.00am


Don’t forget, our next HFi Housing Business Breakfast will be held between 8.30am and 10.30 am on 27 September 2017, at Trowers & Hamilns offices at 3 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8YZ.

This is one of our regular cross-sector industry breakfasts. It will be hosted jointly by the HFi and Trowers & Hamlins, a multinational law firm. Rob Beiley, a HFi Director and Partner at Trowers & Hamlins, will be leading the breakfast. Rob has a wealth of experience in local authority finance, regeneration and commercial housing joint venture and other work.

As well as our usual market updates and discussions, the breakfast will have the latest on the build to rent market. With various political and macroeconomic headwinds, ‘build to rent’ is expected to remain an important part of the overall national housing delivery strategy.

To reserve your place and find our more please email:

The HFi at RESI


Many councils are doing great work in housing delivery in their areas, and many want to do even more. To help showcase housing opportunities across the country and accelerate housing delivery further, the Housing & Finance Institute (HFi) has partnered up with Property Week to provide a special event programme for this year’s RESI 2017. With a special meeting space and one to one sessions with key suppliers on the exhibition floor, there is plenty of opportunity to meet new contacts and providers. Additionally, a special session will take place from 3pm on the 14 September at the Celtic Manor Resort chaired by the Institute and showcasing councils and property experts talking about the Jurassic Coast, East Kent, Wales and East Anglia.

There are 50 free RESI tickets to give away to local authorities (RRP £750). If you work for a local authority get in touch with who will provide you with further details, or contact the RESI team direct by quoting “HFi – free tickets to RESI” with your name, local authority and role to and cc in Click here to see the RESI agenda which includes the HFi’s session and the HFi Chairman, Sir Mark Boleat’s session on modern methods of funding at 4.45pm on the 14 September.

Following the clips of the interviews with Gary Josey, Director of Housing & Communities at Bournemouth Borough Council, and with Cllr Chris Wells, Leader of Thanet District Council, this week we have another interview to show you. Chris Starkie, Managing Director of the New Anglia LEP talks about the many opportunities available in Norfolk and Suffolk. Click here to watch it.