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Priorities for affordable housing in England - policy, planning, delivery and design

Morning, Thursday, 14th May 2020


This conference will assess the next steps for affordable housing in England.

Sessions focus on:

  • accelerating the delivery of new housing,
  • priorities for the planning system, and
  • improving the quality of homes.

It takes place in the context of:

  • The Housing Secretary confirming that a new and enlarged affordable homes programme is to be brought forward by government; and
  • The Planning White Paper outlined in the Queen’s Speech - which will set out government plans aimed at streamlining and speeding up the planning system.

It also comes with the Government releasing a series of policies designed to make home ownership more affordable - including:


There will be keynote contributions from: Josh Goodman, Director, Social Housing, MHCLG.

Further speakers include: Christian Brodie, Chair, South East Local Enterprise Partnership; Steve Cole, Head of Corporate Strategy, Clarion Housing Group; Paul Munday, Fund Manager, Funding Affordable Homes and Tonia Secker, Partner, Head of Affordable Housing, Trowers & Hamlins.

The agenda

  • Implementing a place-based approach to affordable housing delivery;
  • Ensuring the infrastructure is in place to support new developments and housing as an infrastructure priority;
  • Key issues for the planning system;
  • Prioritising design in the planning process and the Building Better, Building Beautiful vision;
  • The economics of affordable housing - maximising stock and producing high-quality homes;
  • Working with public bodies to release land for development - assessing the impact of the Public Land for Housing Programme;
  • The future for affordable home ownership - shared ownership and the First Homes scheme; and
  • Priorities for accelerating the delivery of affordable housing - funding, quality of homes and supporting local growth.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Rebecca Searle

Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton

Councillor Darren Rodwell

Leader, Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council and Executive member, Housing and Planning, London Councils

Mark Rowe

Principal, Penoyre & Prasad

Josh Goodman

Director, Social Housing, MHCLG

Kate Faulkner

Managing Director, Designs on Property


Unmesh Desai AM

Chair, Housing Committee, London Assembly


Steve Cole

Head of Corporate Strategy, Clarion Housing Group

Tonia Secker

Partner, Head of Affordable Housing, Trowers & Hamlins

Paul Munday

Fund Manager, Funding Affordable Homes

Christian Brodie

Chair, South East Local Enterprise Partnership