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Are public and private sector partnerships the way forward to deliver housing targets?

Lovell’s Greater Manchester Round Table brings key figures in the housing sector together to discuss collectively unlocking development in the region

Delivering set targets for housing in Greater Manchester can only be achieved by looking at ways to strategically assemble and remediate land, according to a number of key figures in Greater Manchester’s housing sector, who came together to discuss the issue at a Greater Manchester Round Table hosted by partnership housing developer Lovell Partnerships last week.

Lovell’s Great Manchester Round Table bringing key figures in the housing sector together.

Lovell’s national managing director Jonathan Goring, Peter Quinn, partnerships director and Tahreen Shad, regional partnerships director, bringing together key figures from the region’s housing sector to discuss whether there is a role for public and private sectors to work in partnership delivering land to successfully enable delivery of GM regional target numbers.

Guests included;

  • Paul Dennett, Mayor, Salford City Council
  • Jim Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Salford City Council
  • Steve Rumbelow, Chief Executive Officer, Rochdale Borough Council
  • Paul Beardmore, Director of Housing and Residential Growth, Manchester City Council
  • Professor Steve Broomhead, Chief Executive Officer – Warrington Borough Council
  • Deborah McLaughlin, Head of Housing Delivery and Strategy – GL Hearn / Capita
  • Bronwen Rapley, Chief Executive Officer – Onward Housing Group
  • Jon Matthews, Director – 5Plus Architects
  • John Cooper, Planning Director – Deloitte

Discussions centred on the partnership approach and its benefits, being able to offer neighbourhoods and not ‘soulless estates’ and innovative ways to unlock land, with most agreeing that trusted partners working together can deliver solutions.

Deborah McLaughlin – GL Hearn in discussion at Lovell’s Greater Manchester Round Table Dinner

The group welcomed the Government’s recent announcement at the Conservative Party Conference on the certainty over rent levels, the additional £2bn funding for affordable homes and the relaxation of borrowing powers for local authorities on a case-by-case basis to allow them to build at greater levels than previously. But there was still the overriding belief that the fundamental issue for delivering homes is access to land.

Steve Rumbelow, Chief Executive Officer of Rochdale Borough Council said; “Lovell is a company which is focused on creating effective partnerships to drive delivery and this was a theme that came up time and time again in our discussion. We are the only city region that is planning for residential and employment growth at the right spatial level. Delivery partnerships and infrastructure plans will be key to unlocking development at the right scale in the right places.”

Paul Dennett, Mayor of Salford, said; “Connectivity is key to finding solutions to deliver housing targets in Greater Manchester. It’s about building trust in partners so that together we can look at ways to strategically assemble and remediate land.”

Lovell, who delivered 2,000 new build homes across a range of tenures for open market sale, affordable rent and shared ownership, explained the work the company is undertaking with regards to public sector land data and heat maps, which will allow Lovell to look at land and strategically map development opportunities for the public sector to deliver homes.

Mayor Paul Dennett at Lovell’s Greater Manchester Round Table Dinner

This research forms an integral part of a report Lovell are sponsoring and looking to launch at Westminster on October 16th. ‘Disrupting the Housing Market’ states that policy, politics and society need to accept the reality of a weakening home-owning democracy and makes a suit of policy recommendations on how the state can intervene and disrupt the housing industry in the interest of its users, as well as how more land can come to market for new homes where and when it is needed and how this land can then be used more productively.

Lovell’s Managing Director Jonathan Goring said; “At Lovell we firmly believe that the public and private sector need to work collaboratively to meet the housing targets set for Greater Manchester. Our public sector land data and heat maps are a real game changer for the industry and something we’re confident will have a big impact over the coming years.”

Panel speakers include Sadie Morgan, co-founder of dRMM architects and commissioner for National Infrastructure Commission, Liam Halligan, economics commentator, The Sunday Telegraph, Jonathan Goring, managing director of Lovell and Liam Booth-Smith, chief executive of Localis (chair).