Westminster Social Policy Forum

Policy priorities for housing in England - planning, finance and delivery

Friday, 12th May 2017

Central London


Following publication of the Government's White Paper Fixing our broken housing market, this seminar will be a timely opportunity to consider its implications on planning, affordable rent and increasing the supply of new homes.

Delegates will consider the potential impact of the £3bn fund to provide loans to small housebuilders, as well as prioritising the building of new homes where they are needed most and proposals for councils to develop local plans.

Further sessions focus on planning reform - with the Neighbourhood Planning Bill currently progressing through Parliament - the impact of Brexit on the market, and key issues for social housing.

Guest of Honour

Stephen Dance

Head of Infrastructure Delivery, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Guest of Honour

Stephen Dance

Head of Infrastructure Delivery, Infrastructure and Projects Authority

Keynote Speaker

Clive Betts MP

Chair, Communities and Local Government Committee


Baroness Grender

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Private Rented Sector

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP

Shadow Minister for Housing


Kate Webb

Head of Policy, Shelter

Karen Cooksley

Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

Richard McCarthy

Executive Director, Central Government, Capita Property and Infrastructure

Ian Fletcher

Director of Policy (Real Estate), British Property Federation

Rebecca Sudworth

Director of Strategy and Communications, Peabody

Tom Warburton

Director of Place, Newcastle City Council

Professor Christine Whitehead

Emeritus Professor of Housing Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Andy von Bradsky

Design and Delivery Adviser, DCLG and Director, Von Bradsky Enterprises

Alex Morton

Director, Field Consulting and former Advisor to the Prime Minister on Housing, Planning and Local Government

Susan Emmett

Director, Residential Research, Savills

Jamie Ratcliff

Assistant Director, Programme, Policy and Services, Housing and Land Directorate, Greater London Authority