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When: Monday 24th June 2024
Location: Virtual Forum
Timings: Registration: 12.55, Start: 13.00; Close: 14.00
CPD Hours: 1 Hour
Price: Free for CPA Members (£50 + VAT for Non Members) when using discount code in marketing email
Housing is in Crisis: What Role can CPOs Play?

This event runs as an informal discussion with a small panel of leading and informed practitioners extracting the nuances from this months topic "Housing is in Crisis: what role can CPOs play?". It will discuss practical issues that arise, with participants in the meeting being encouraged to listen, join in, ask questions and share comments.

Programme:
Where and What?

  • There are various locations and approaches to building new homes - from greenfield sites to repurposing existing buildings.
  • A diverse range of housing types is needed - from small flats to large homes to accommodate different needs and preferences.
  • Affordable and social housing should be a priority, alongside other housing options.

The Drivers and Inhibitors to Delivery


  • The role of Local Plans, housing targets and the consequences of not having them.
  • The relationship between politics, policy and opposition - is it too intertwined?
  • Should planning have a "compelling public benefit" principle like CPOs?

Affordable Housing Challenges

  • Affordable housing is often lower quality, cheaper (and likely to become obsolete quicker)  - does this just push the housing crisis down the road?
  • What does "good" affordable housing in regeneration schemes look like?
  • Are developer-council viability disputes on the number of affordable housing units hindering the delivery of homes more generally?

The CPO Process

  • CPOs can unlock land value and transform sites, but are they fit for purpose in the planning system to deliver housing?
  • Should CPOs be used to enable local authorities to more easily acquire empty properties?
  • CPOs can disrupt communities - families may be displaced far from their homes, jobs and neighbourhoods. Are we doing enough to mitigate the impacts?

Potential Solutions

  • Is a "housing NSIP" (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project) process needed?
  • The CMA's housebuilding market study - could it suggest better ways forward?
Speakers:
John Sayer, Ardent; Vice Chair of The CPA
Hashi Mohamed, Landmark Chambers
Dan Knowles, Sawyer Fielding Ltd
Ruth Jacob, Crisis
Greg Dickson, Stantec
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