• The hugely popular Affordable Housing Conference returns for a 14th year on 8th September
  • The must attend Annual event for those investing or operating in this sector...

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Investment in Social Housing

Leading Investors, Developers, Local Authorities and Housing Associations will attend on 8th September #HousingInvestment

Housing Delivery Investment

Leading figures Nationally in the Housing Sector confirmed for conference on 8th September #LDEProperty #HousingDelivery

Public Private Sector Partnership

Private Sector Investment will meet with Local Authority and Housing Association representatives on 8th March to examine how they can work together for delivery


The conference takes place on Tuesday 8th September 2020 in a Virtual online format

The hugely popular Affordable Housing Conference returns for it's 14th year on 8th September.

The Event looks at the roles and opportunities for all players in the market, including Investors, Developers, Local Authorities, Housing Associations and their related advisers, whilst networking with the leading professionals in Housing from across the UK. Much is happening currently, with the sector evolving rapidly, and lots of opportunities are emerging as a result.

The Conference allows all stakeholders to understand how the Public and Housing Association Sectors can work together to deliver Housing and how Private and Public Investment is a growing opportunity area.

This event is likely to sell out again so please book early to guarantee your place.

This is a chance to be fully updated on what is going on, accumulate some CPD and network with the leading figures in the industry.

To see who attends please click here

Conference Timetable

Welcome & Introduction from the Chair
The Affordable Housing Market as an Investment Opportunity

Helen Collins, Head of Housing Consultancy, Savills (Chair)


Opening Address: How do we position the Affordable Housing Investment Market Moving Forward

Have objectives changed in recent years, where will they go and how can we prepare for the likely impacts of Coronavirus?

What is the impact of building safety and decarbonisation agendas on the affordable housing sector?

Is development still a priority and what are the key tenures to be provided?

How important are JVs with Local Authorities, developers & investors?

What are the long-term opportunities and how do HAs see the investor role?
What do HAs need from Central & Local Government to make delivery happen?

How can we make Social Housing & working with Housing Associations a more attractive prospect to Investors?
David Cowans, Chief Executive, Places for People


The 2020 UK Housing Market Update – Where are we?

What is the International & Domestic Economic Outlook & what is this likely to mean for Housing?

What are the likely market impacts from Coronavirus on the UK housing market?

What are we expecting from the housing market in the next 5 years?

Despite the uncertainty, why does the UK still make sense for both short term and long term investment?

How attractive is UK Housing as an investment to international money?

Starter Homes v Shared Ownership – where is this going?

Grainne Gilmore, Head of Residential Research, Zoopla



The Role of Homes England in Housing Delivery – what are the strategic objectives?

Government policy and priorities for affordable housing – what does the future hold?
What policies will emerge to support the sector following Coronavirus?

How is Homes England changing its approach  - what’s on offer to potential partners?

What’s next for the Strategic Partnership initiative? Is it making a difference?

Are Town Centres a big opportunity for both regeneration and housing delivery and what can be done?

Nick Walkley, Chief Executive, Homes England


Looking at the GLA – where does Mayoral policy leave us in 2020 and what are the priorities?

How is the new London Plan progressing?

How will the GLA be working with the London Boroughs to increase delivery to the 66,000 new homes that are required annually?

What kind of opportunities & Joint Ventures is the GLA keen to encourage?

What types of partnership working will be important in future?

How will GLA use its land and Grant Funding to accelerate supply?

What opportunities exist for investors & Developers to get involved?
Philippa Bancroft, Senior Manager, Public Land – Strategic Projects & Property, Greater London Authority (GLA)


Questions for David, Grainne, Nick & Philippa




Understanding the opportunities for all stakeholders with investment, partnership, and joint ventures & how they can be structured and delivered? (10 minutes powerpoint per speaker)


The Local Authority

How are Local Authorities delivering their own housing?

What Structures are evolving?

How are Local Authorities raising private finance to deliver homes?

Does the rise in PWLB borrowing cost present a challenge or an opportunity?

Was the HRA debt cap ever really a barrier?

What is the scale of opportunity available to partners to Local Authorities?

Steve Partridge, Director, Savills


The Private Investor

Why is there growing private investment into Affordable Housing in the UK?

Who is involved and what kind of scale are we now seeing?
What is the long-term investment capacity of this market and where do we see the growth areas?

Does Coronavirus make investment into the Affordable Housing sector all the more attractive?

How do Institutional Investors view the Affordable and Social Housing Markets?

What kind of deals and structures are being used?

How can investor confidence be further developed to towards it’s full potential?

Helen Collins, Head of Housing Consultancy, Savills


The Rise of For Profit Providers

How has the market developed in recent year?

Who are the key players and what is their motivation for registering an FPRP?

What’s involved in registering and operating an FPRP? What types of developers and investors could benefit most?
What are the governance expectations of the Regulator of Social Housing?

How are FPRP’s funded & what kind of joint ventures are possible?

Where will the FPRP sector be in 5 years time?

Robert Beiley, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins


What is the role of the small & medium Housing Association?

What is the potential for this market?

How can partnerships boost delivery?

Tonia Secker, Partner – Head of Housing, Trowers & Hamlins



Questions for Steve, Helen, Robert and Tonia


Lunch Interval



Case Studies of New Housing Investment & Delivery Models

Demonstrating real life Investment & Joint Venture Structures that Enable Delivery – How are they funded, who is involved, how are they delivered and what is delivered?

(10 minutes max powerpoint per case study followed by panel questions)


Case Study One

Meridian Water – Partnership opportunities in large scale Regeneration

What is the key to successful Private/Public collaboration?

How are such relationships evolving in today’s housing market?
Peter George, Programme Director – Meridian Water, Enfield Council


Case Study Two

Placemaking in collaboration to unlock regeneration and growth on land around railways and transport hubs.

What kind of partnerships are being formed across the UK and where are the opportunities for stake holders and joint ventures?

Steven Tomlinson, Station Development Manager, LCR Property (London & Continental Railways)


Case Study Three

How is Stoke innovating to actually get housing delivered?

What are the local authority looking to deliver themselves?

What kind of public private partnerships can be used to boost delivery?

How important is collaboration to delivery in the modern era?

Carl Brazier, Director of Housing & Customer Services at Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Case Study Four
The Developer Perspective on Building Successful Partnerships

What are the key opportunities and challenges?

Is MMC becoming mainstream – what are the benefits?

What are Housebuilders looking for in a JV and what can they bring to the party?

Why is innovation so important going forward, in order to deliver successful partnerships and much needed housing?

Kate Ives, Development Director, Wates




The 2020 Investor Panel Session – What is the potential of the UK Affordable Housing Investment Market?
What is attracting the new entrants into the market?
What sort of investments are they looking for and why?

Where does this fit in with other Residential Investments?

Where is the money coming from?

Has the Coronavirus pandemic made the sector all the more attractive as an investment?

How can an investor make shared ownership stock work as an investment?
What kind of deals and structures are investors looking for in Affordable Housing?

What is the investor view of JVs with Housing Associations and Local Authorities?

What are the biggest challenges to investing in affordable housing and how can these be overcome?

How do they see this market evolving?

Social Housing REITS – how do they operate and where is the potential growth in this area?

Pete Redman, Managing Director - Property, Resi Capital Management

Simon Century, Head of Affordable Housing, Legal & General

Shamez Alibhai, Managing Director & Head of Community Housing, Man Group

Annabel Harmsworth, Investment Manager, M&G Real Estate

Rod Cahill, Chief Executive, Sage Housing

Helen Collins, Head of Housing Consultancy, Savills (Chair)



Understanding evolving funding models for Housing Associations

How are things evolving & where are they going?

How will HA’s maintain capacity for new supply going forward?

What role does grant and Homes England/GLA play?

How does Hyde see the future relationship with investors developing?

Peter Denton, Chief Executive, The Hyde Group



Impact Investing and ESG in the Affordable Housing Sector

How can the Affordable Housing sector become more sustainable and demonstrate stronger social & environmental credentials?

What is needed to make the sector more attractive for impact investing and sustainable investment?

Why is this now more important to investors and how is this growing?

What is evolving across Europe and what is the potential?

How can we make UK Affordable Housing Models sustainable in the long term?

Dr. Mathias Hain, Managing Director, Ritterwald



Questions for Peter & Mathias



Closing Remarks from Chair



Close of Conference


To see who attends this event: click here

This event is also eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit 

To learn how to book a place, please click here