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07 Mar

Housing Conference

This is an invite-only event

A conference bringing together the public and private sectors to discuss the housing crisis and identify policy solutions in these increasingly difficult times. Cllr Darren Rodwell, executive member for housing and planning and leader, LB Barking & Dagenham, and Tony Pidgley CBE, chairman of the Berkeley Group plc will frame the debate and we will particularly be looking at the following areas:

  • Increasing build out rates
  • Improving planning performance 
  • Developing community infrastructure
  • Releasing public sector land
  • Using modular to bridge the skills gap
  • Making homeownership work

The conference will also see the launch of the revised guidance on Build to Rent ‘Everything you need to know about build to rent in London’ developed in partnership with London First and Turley

Agenda

Please see biographies for all our speakers and chairs here

9am – 9.30
Registration and networking

9.30 – 9.40
Welcome from Cllr Peter John, chair of London Councils and leader, LB Southwark and Catherine McGuinness, chair of the Policy and Resources Committee of the City of London Corporation

9.40 – 10.45
Public and Private perspectives on housing crisis - Cllr Darren Rodwell, executive member for housing and planning and leader, LB Barking & Dagenham, and Tony Pidgley CBE, chairman of the Berkeley Group plc, Ann Buchanan, chair of Kidbrook Village residents Association. Chaired by Fiona Fletcher - Smith, group director, L&Q. Followed by Q&As

10.45 - 11.15
Everything you need to know about build to rent in London - Oliver Jefferson (Chair), associate director, planning, Turley, Pat Hayes, managing director, BeFirst, Hakeem Osinaike, director of housing, LB Brent, Michael Keaveney, director of land and development, Grainger, Alix Green, Director, Living Capital Markets 

11.15 – 11.30
Framing the workshop - Cllr Darren Rodwell

11.30 – 11.55am 
Refreshment break

11.55 – 1.10pm
Group workshop focusing on six themes: 
Increasing build out rates - Mark Baigent, interim divisional director – housing and regeneration, LB Tower Hamlets
Improving planning performance - Chris Moores, head of planning, Crossrail 2, Transport for London
Developing community infrastructure - Sara Bailey, head of real estate, Trowers & Hamlins
Releasing public sector Land - James Bridgeworth, regional programme manager - London, One Public Estate
Using modular to bridge the skills gap - Samantha Wait, director of business development and communications, Swan Housing
Making homeownership work - Tony Pidgley CBE, chairman of the Berkeley Group plc

1.10 – 2.10
Lunch

2.10 – 2.30pm 
Feedback from session discussions

2.30pm – 3.30pm 
The political perspective - panel discussion with James Murray, deputy mayor for housing and residential development, Paul Hackett, chief executive, Optivo, Cllr Jayne McCoy, chair of housing, economy & business committee, LB Sutton, Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith, deputy leader, Grenfell and housing, RB Kensington and Chelsea, Cllr Darren Rodwell and Tony Pidgley CBE. Chaired by Elaine Bailey, group chief executive, Hyde Housing.