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the big housing debate - South

Thursday, 07 Dec 2017
09:00 - 15:50
The Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

What is the big housing debate?


The big housing debate offered a unique opportunity for housing professionals from across the sector to analyse the implications of the Autumn Budget and the wider policy landscape in your region.


Each session provided delegates with the chance to explore and examine, debate and discuss the key themes that are influencing and shaping housing delivery and how to deal with the most important housing management issues.


An interactive ‘Question Time’ format was used which allowed delegates to probe our leading speakers and really drill down into the heart of the matter and share solutions and best practice.














All Speakers

Terrie Alafat

chief executive

Elaine Bailey

The Hyde Group

Lord Richard Best

Council of the Property Ombudsman

Kate Davies

Notting Hill Housing Trust

Helen Evans

Chief executive
Network Homes

Jonathan Hulley


Councillor Peter John OBE

Southwark Council

Councillor Robert Lawton

portfolio holder for housing
Bournemouth Borough Council

Simon Rubinsohn

chief economist

Geoff Raw

Brighton & Hove City Council

Ann Santry


Cath Shaw

deputy ceo
London Borough of Barnet

Sponsors and Exhibitors




Capsticks is the leading national law firm in the health, housing, social care and emergency services sectors. We provide a full-service offering for all of our clients and are well regarded for providing commercial, market-driven solutions. We aim to deliver the highest possible levels of consistency, quality and responsiveness.


Our Housing Division has been advising Housing Providers for over 30 years, we act for over 150 Registered Providers, including a large number of G15 Providers, and we have over 50 specialists operating across the following areas:

  • Development and property
  • Housing Management
  • Corporate, commercial, governance and regulatory
  • Property Litigation
  • Employment
  • ASB Advisory






09:00-09:30 Registration and welcome refreshments


09:45-10:45 What does the Budget mean for housing in the South of England?


In this opening keynote, leading economist Simon Rubinsohn will be analysing the recent Budget and interpreting what it means for the housing sector, particularly in the South of England. Taking a short and long-term view, he will provide expert forecasts and recommendations to help you best prepare for what lies ahead.


Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist, RICS

Chair: Lord Richard Best OBE, vice-president, The Local Government Association


10:45-11:15 Networking refreshments


11:15-12:15 How do we accelerate housing supply and maintain affordability at a time of diminishing income?

  • Debating solutions to the housing supply crisis in London and the South East – what is working? What are the priorities?
  • How to ensure genuinely affordable products across all tenures?
  • Is the current planning system fit for purpose or a barrier to development?
  • Securing viable land and is it time to review the quality of Green Belt land?
  • Placeshaping and how to ensure quality of supply and environment, not just delivering on the numbers
  • What is the role of local authorities as housing enablers?


Councillor Peter John OBE, leader, Southwark Council

Councillor Robert Lawton, councillor – housing portfolio, Bournemouth Borough Council

Ann Santry, chief executive, Sovereign

Chair: Terrie Alafat OBE, chief executive, CIH


12:15-13:15 Lunch


13:15-14:15 Housing post-Grenfell: What are the longer-term implications for quality, safety and managing public distrust?

  • Where to go from here: How has Grenfell refocused the debate about sector values, decency and investment in existing stock?
  • Reputation management: What lessons have been learnt from the sector’s response?
  • How should regulation evolve?
  • Tenant participation post-Grenfell: How to listen to and engage with tenants in the 21st century

Kate Davies, chief executive, Notting Hill Housing Trust

Helen Evans, chief executive, Network Homes
Jonathan Hulley, Partner, housing division, Capsticks

Chair: Terrie Alafat OBE, chief executive, CIH


14:15-14:35 Networking break


14:35-15:35 If not us then who? How can the sector be more creative in its public and private partnerships to tackle the housing crisis?

  • Thinking more creatively about who to partner with and types of partnership models
  • Improving the housing association/local authority relationship to deliver more housing
  • Land allocation: Negotiating with your partners and sharing resources
  • What can be learnt from successful public/private partnerships?

Elaine Bailey, chief executive, The Hyde Group

Geoff Raw, chief executive, Brighton & Hove City Council

Cath Shaw, deputy chief executive, London Borough of Barnet

Chair: Terrie Alafat OBE, chief executive, CIH


15:35-15:50 Chair’s closing remarks

Venue Information

Venue Information

The Barbican, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS


Conference timings

  • Registration: 9am
  • Conference end: 4pm




The Barbican is located in the heart of the City of London and is accessible by rail, road and underground.


By tube

The venue is within walking distance from a number of London Underground stations, the closest being Barbican (circle, hammersmith & city and metropolitan lines), St Paul’s (central line) and Moorgate (northern line). To plan your journey, please visit the TFL website.


By train

The nearest train stations are Liverpool Street and Farringdon. You can also reach the venue via City Thameslink at Barbican, Moorgate and Cannon Street.


By bus

Bus Route 153 runs directly past the Barbican along Chiswell Street. The venue is easily accessible by bus from around the city; plan your journey using the TFL Interactive Bus Map.

By coach

For those visiting by coach, Silk Street is the designated set down and collect point. Find out more here.

By car

The Barbican is clearly sign-posted and has four car parks on Beech Street and Silk Street.

On foot

You can walk to the Barbican within 30 minutes from all over central London. Download a walking map for route suggestions.

By bicycle

Cycle racks are available at the entrance to Car Park 5 and exit to Car Park 3 and helmets and equipment can be left in the venue’s free to use cloakrooms.

The nearest TfL Bicycle Hire docking station is Silk Street. Plan your journey using the TfL Cycle Journey Planner.

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