Affordability & Ownership


One day conference

According to new research first-time buyers require an annual income in excess of £100, 000 to buy an average-priced home in a quarter of London boroughs. Rocketing house prices, now averaging £318, 000, are creating 'nothing short of a social crisis'. An estimated 330, 000 families are registered on waiting lists for social housing in London. Waiting lists have grown by 57% in five years.

To what extent can planning, finance and design address these issues? How should we deal with the tensions created by the need to accommodate the super-rich and those that support their existence? Debate this important issue with the policy and decision makers trying to project and manage future trends.

Gain insight to

  • The challenges set by policy
  • The role of the London HCA Board
  • How affordable housing in London is funded
  • New financial models for funding affordable homes
  • Designing quality affordable homes
  • How to create balanced communities
  • Using affordable housing to drive regeneration

Speakers include

Stephen Chance, Director, Pollard Thomas Edwards
Nick Johnson, Deputy Chief Executive, Urban Splash
Ken Jones, Head of Housing Strategy & Property Services, Barking & Dagenham
David Levitt, Founder, Levitt Bernstein
Sir Duncan Michael, Chair of the investment committee, Housing Corporation
Stephen Oakes, Regional Director, English Partnerships
Adam Sampson, Chief Executive, SHELTER
Alan Shingler, Head of Sustainable Design, Sheppard Robson
David Ubaka, Assistant Director, Design for London
Christine Whitehead, Professor of Housing Economics, LSE
Steve Wilcox, Professor of Housing Policy, Centre for Housing Policy

This one day conference costs £245+vat (£195+vat NLA supporter rate) and a delegate pack, downloadable copies of speaker presentations, breakfast, lunch, all refreshments and is followed by a drinks reception.

This conference is part of the Des Res: London’s Housing Challenge conference series. Discounts are available for block bookings

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