The Local Government Association and the Housing & Finance Institute have launched a new housing programme for councils called 'HBR Springboard'.
HBR Springboard is designed to meet the needs of councils that have the appetite and ambition to shape the delivery of homes for their area, and who recognise that getting support will deliver results faster. Councils will have the opportunity to present and get tips from experts in their field, including investors, professional services, housebuilders and others.
The HBR Springboard has got off to a great start with full booking and active participation of people/organisations.
The first of three HBR Springboard sessions was delivered, in association with the LGA, with the second to be delivered on Wednesday 23rd January. Natalie Elphicke and Sir Steve Bullock of the HFi delivered the first day to 32 attendees from 18 different local authorities.
In addition to Natalie Elphicke and Sir Steve Bullock, there were five others presenting on different topics. Nick Porter from the LGA spoke about leadership and introduced the programme from an LGA perspective. Darren Carter from Cheyne Capital and Jim Saunders from Pinnacle Group conducted a Q&A on the attractiveness of councils from a business viewpoint. Two presentations on statistics were delivered by Neil Higgins of MHCLG and Neal Hudson, a residential analyst.
Each council gave a presentation on their area, their housing delivery and ambition. We were impressed by the articulation of the ambition by many of the councils, we were left with a genuine feeling that these are the councils which want to build more homes, faster.