Overview

28 Apr, 20219:30 am-3:20 pm
Online Conference

Building Innovation, One Brick at a Time  

This conference will look at innovation in council housing delivery in response to the Government’s Planning for the Future Consultation, and how councils have also been adapting to the Housing Delivery Test.  

Policy Background  

The latest figures show that between April and June 2020 there was a 52% decrease in house-building work starting and a 62% decrease in homes completed. Local authorities and Housing Associations are already under pressure to ensure the delivery of innovation and affordable homes in order to pass the Housing Delivery Test. With the added impact of the pandemic, housing delivery targets are becoming increasingly difficult to achieve.  

 In August 2020, the government published the ‘Planning for the Future’ white paper. The proposed reforms to the planning system, to streamline and modernise the planning process, have been described as the most radical planning reforms since the Second World War. With particular focus on design, sustainability, innovation and ensuring more land is available for development where it is needed. This combined with other policy and funding announcements demonstrates the government’s commitment to delivering on its housing supply promises. In September 2020, the government announced a £12bn affordable homes programme and a 1,500 unit pilot of ‘First Homes’, which are houses that will be sold to first time buyers at a 30% discount. In June 2020 £400m Brownfield Land Fund was allocated to various local authorities to support around 24,000 homes. Also, in June 2020, the Home Building Fund received a £450m boost to help smaller developers access finance for new housing developments, this is expected to support the delivery of around 7,200 new homes.  

 A key area of focus for innovative housing delivery is the government’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2030. In November 2020 the Prime Minister announced the Green Plan, which will look at home sustainability through a £3bn green home grant. In August 2020 Homes England announced it Home of 2030 competition finalists, showcasing leading designs of low carbon homes of the future. As the government seeks to push its commitment to carbon neutrality, the housing industry will need to invest in building future proof and sustainable homes. Innovation, Modern Method Construction (MMC) and Modular houses will be key in meeting sustainability goals.  

 With the UK facing a housing crisis and an ongoing need for affordable homes, there is a need for collaboration between housing organisations, local authorities, central government and private builders to design and deliver these homes. It is crucial to invest in sustainable and future proof modern buildings, which will stand the test of time whilst not leaving a negative mark on the environment. Understanding of the planning system, implementing innovative practices and using modern methods of construction will be key in meeting the demand for affordable housing delivery.  

Watch this video to find out more about the online event experience.

Keynote Speakers

Ben Everitt MP photo
Ben Everitt MP
Chair
All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Housing Market & Housing Delivery
Natalie Record photo
Natalie Record
Housing Innovation Team Lead
Connected Places Catapult

Agenda

9:30 am
Conference Login and Accessing the Online Platform
  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:40 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:50 am
Chair’s Welcome Address

Welcome to the Housing Delivery and Innovation Conference 2021. We have designed this conference with virtual in mind from the outset and therefore have designed the day to be as practical and solutions focused as possible for you.  

Some of the key themes and challenges that we will be looking at solutions to across the day will include:  

  • Building back better in order to meet housing delivery demand  
  • Innovative and sustainable housing delivery which supports the government’s commitment to net zero emissions by 2050 
  • Discovering solutions for the key challenges faced in planning, building, delivering and supplying housing 
Richard Blyth
Richard Blyth
Head of Policy
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
Invited
10:00 am
APPG for Housing Market and Housing Delivery Update: Overcoming the Most Pressing Housing Delivery Challenges
  • Exploring the biggest challenges faced by the UK housing sector which prevent it from ensuring people have decent, secure and affordable homes to live in 
  • Sharing findings from the APPG’s Parliamentary Consultation in UK Housing Challenges and Solutions  
  • Outlining solutions for fixing current problems with housing supply and delivery  
  • Highlighting key recommendations and next steps for government to take in order to tackle the underlying causes of the housing crisis 

*Subject to Parliamentary Business

Ben Everitt MP
Ben Everitt MP
Chair
All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Housing Market & Housing Delivery
Confirmed
10:20 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session 
10:30 am
The Future of Housing: Digitisation and Innovation
  • Outlining how innovation and digitisation is essential for improving UK housing into the future, as outlined in the Future of Housing Programme
  • Exploring the challenges faced by the housing sector in supporting net-zero by 2050 housing targets and making homes more energy efficient
  • Sharing examples of work from Connected Places Catapult and case studies on innovation of the future of housing
  • Highlighting solutions for the future of UK housing and how to effectively work in partnership to ensure future innovative housing delivery needs
Natalie Record
Natalie Record
Housing Innovation Team Lead
Connected Places Catapult
Confirmed
10:50 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
11:00 am
Keynote Address: Innovation in Delivering Better Housing
  • Exploring how innovation can deliver better housing both in new builds and in retrofitted homes
  • Outlining how the Transforming Construction challenge programme is helping to overcome innovation barriers in housing and encouraging the greater use of digital, manufacturing and integrated energy technology approaches
  • Sharing how the Construction Innovation Hub is supporting collaboration across the sector and helping in developing and procuring more modern methods of construction
  • Highlighting how Innovate UK is supporting the funding of projects which deliver greater ‘whole-life value’ to society through projects being delivered 50% faster, with a 15% increase in productivity and lifetime emissions cut in half
Mike Pitts
Mike Pitts
Deputy Challenge Director – Transforming Construction
Innovate UK
Confirmed
11:20 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
11:30 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:40 am
Learning How to Meet and Exceed the Requirements of the Housing Delivery Test

Hear from Hart District Council as they share key insights and learning outcomes about how they went about delivering 241% of housing needed in the local area. 

Learning Outcomes and Themes to be Discussed include: 

  • Learn key details from Hart’s Housing Strategy 2020-2025 and the Council’s commitment to ensuring access to suitable and affordable homes to everyone regardless of their income 
  • Learn how Hart District Council is able to meet and exceed the requirements of the Housing Delivery Test, by including a 5% buffer to improve the prospect of the target being achieved 
  • Learn how Hart District Council works with local partners, including HARAH, local services and businesses to deliver new and affordable homes 
Cllr Stuart Bailey
Cllr Stuart Bailey
Cabinet Member for Housing
Hart District Council
Invited
12:00 pm
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
12:10 pm
Practical Insights Session: Top Tips for Building Innovative and Sustainable Homes

This session is designed to be as practical and learning outcomes focused as possible so that delegates can learn from the net zero housing development created by West Kent. 

Aim: To create 13 fully net zero homes  

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Learn how West Kent is developing 13 fully net zero homes which produce their own energy locally and produced at least as much energy as they consume 
  • Learn how the West Kent development will be using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) to offer environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional building methods  
  • Learn how to create futureproof homes which benefit from low utility bills through well insulated airtight homes, which keep warmth in during the winter and heat out during summer  
  • Learn how to apply for planning and deliver housing which supports the government commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 
Kate Flaherty
Kate Flaherty
Property Development and Partnerships Director
West Kent
Invited
12:30 pm
Interactive Questions and Answers Session 
12:40 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

1:20 pm
Practical Insights Session: Increasing Supply of High-Quality Temporary Accommodation Through Modular Housing 

This session is designed to be as practical and learning outcomes focused as possible so that delegates can learn from the Pan-London Accommodation Collaborative Enterprise (PLACE) and its new approach to tackling homelessness through building temporary modular accommodation.  

Aim: To build 200 temporary modular homes across London with the first housing on site by 2021 

Learning Outcomes:  

  • Learn how PLACE was able to provide essential accommodation by working together in partnership between, City Hall and London Local Authorities 
  • Learn how to effectively build, use and deliver modular housing within your local area, to help meet housing delivery targets 
  • Learn how PLACE used £11m of funding from the Mayor of London to tackle homelessness in the city  
  • Learn how council housing and homelessness experts worked together to design modular homes and buildings in line with London design requirements and regulations 
  • Learn from PLACE’s first prototypes built in Tower Hamlets and how they are seeking to supply 200 homes across London by February 2022 
Sir Steve Bullock
Sir Steve Bullock
Chair
PLACE (Pan-London Accommodation Collaborative Enterprise)
Invited
1:40 pm
Interactive Questions and Answers Session 
1:50 pm
Interactive Panel Discussion: Outlining Solutions for Meeting and Exceeding Housing Delivery Targets post Covid-19

During this discussion, panellists will discuss solutions for minimising the impact of Covid-19 on housing delivery. Highlighting how to manage constructions delays, funding and meeting housing delivery targets. 

Throughout this session delegates will also be encouraged to put forward their common challenges for the panel to discussion potential solutions that participants can learn from.  

  • Discussing the short-term and long-term impact of Covid-19 on housing delivery and sharing key tips for overcoming the negative knock-on effect it has on meeting house-building targets 
  • Sharing the future of housing and development plans, which are being reviewed due to the impact of the pandemic 
  • Exploring how the pandemic has affected the housing market in terms of pricing and commuting patterns and how this affects housing delivery going into the future  
  • Discussing how to maintain the confidence and support of council partners, to deliver on housing projects and ensure continuing working partnerships in future
Sam Smith
Sam Smith
Lead Regeneration Programme Manager
Brighton & Hove City Council
Invited
Mark Kitts
Mark Kitts
Chief Executive Officer and Assistant Director Regeneration
Liverpool Foundation Homes and Liverpool City Council
Invited
Tom Copley
Tom Copley
Deputy Mayor for Housing and Residential Development
Greater London Authority
Invited
Catherine Ryder
Catherine Ryder
Director of Policy and Research
National Housing Federation
Invited
2:30 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

2:40 pm
Breakout Roundtable Discussions
Breakout Room A: Learning How to Increase Supply Through Joint Ventures and Partnerships

Discuss:  

  • The benefits of entering a joint venture or partnership in order to deliver houses and meeting housing demand  
  • Understanding how joint ventures and partnerships can help support inclusive local economic growth  
  • Effectively identifying projects and site which would benefit from joint ventures  
John Pitcher
John Pitcher
Senior Housing Strategy Officer
Solihull Council
Invited

Discuss:  

  • How to overcome barriers to increased delivery of new homes by SME’s 
  • Sharing strategies and solutions for supporting SME’s through the planning system 
  • Impact of Brexit on SME house builders and housing delivery 
Rico Wojtulewicz
Rico Wojtulewicz
Head of Housing and Planning Policy
The National Federation of Builders
Invited
3:20 pm
Chair’s Closing Address

*Programme Subject to Change 

Audience

This forum is specifically designed for the housing and local government sector but it is also open to the wider public and private sectors to encourage debate and networking.

  • Housing Development Officers
  • Project Officers
  • Heads of Planning
  • Strategic Land Managers
  • Development Directors
  • Heads of Planning Services
  • Directors of Development and Growth
  • Director of Property Services
  • Heads of Housing
  • Planners
  • Strategy and Development Policy Officers
  • Strategy Managers

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