Roundtable explores how regeneration could help tackle housing crisis
MPs and leading professionals came together to explore how regeneration could be a key part of tackling the housing crisis at a CIH parliamentary roundtable.
The CIH regeneration roundtable on Tuesday 29 November was hosted by Bob Blackman MP.
It brought together MPs and leading housing professionals from the likes of Shelter, the London Assembly Housing Committee, Manchester City Council and ResPublica, to explore how regeneration could boost housing supply, how to make it work and how it can be financed.
A lively discussion explored key issues relating to regeneration including:
- The role regeneration can play in building a better building and planning framework to boost housing supply
- The role that local authority/public sector land can play
- The importance of involving residents and communities at the earliest possible stage
- The role of central government funding
- How private and public partnerships can facilitate regeneration.
The event was the latest in CIH's work to get regeneration back on the agenda and establish a framework by which it can become a central part of boosting housing supply.
Earlier this year CIH's report with Poplar HARCA and Sheffield Hallam University called for a rethink in the way regeneration is funded by government. It called for the £140 million loan fund previously announced for regeneration to be increased and said grant funding was also needed.
This was backed up in CIH's Autumn Statement submission which called for the pot of funding to be increased to £300 million.
CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat said: "Our research shows that housing-led regeneration provides a good return on investment and can both increase overall housing supply and improve the lives of local people.
"The evidence also shows that some grant funding will be needed to get schemes off the ground. It is vital that schemes are developed in the right way, in partnership with local communities to ensure that regeneration schemes have the support of local people."
A report on the key findings of the roundtable will be produced shortly.
The attendees were:
- Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of CIH
- Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East
- James Cartlidge, MP for South Suffolk
- Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby
- Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk
- Andrew Boff AM, chair of the London Housing Committee
- Eamon Lally, principal policy advisor at the Local Government Association
- Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council
- Edward Douglas, senior policy and projects officer at ResPublica
- Nigel Fletcher, head of research at Bright Blue
- Gary Fulford, group chief executive of Walsall Housing Group
- Paul Beardmore, director of housing at Manchester City Council
- Toby LLoyd, head of policy at Shelter