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Homes for the South West

Homes for the South West is a group of chief executives from some of the largest housing associations in South West England.

We are working together to identify and tackle the barriers to new housing in our region. Our collective voice is making the case for new housing at a local, regional and national level.

We are ambitious about the role we can play together to invest in and build more homes in the South West.

Click here to see a summary of our work

Click here to see our responses to consultations

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The chief executives of the following housing associations are members of Homes for the South West

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Our Priorities

Land ›

Homes for the South West members are ready and able to invest £2billion in new housing, working with local authorities to meet their local affordable housing targets. And, importantly, unlike private developers we can build throughout the housing market cycle to deliver the homes our region needs.

Our key asks on land are that:

  • the government should prioritise the sale of public sector land for affordable housing.
  • local authorities should extend their land supply targets to increase the likelihood that those targets will be met.
  • funding beyond Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and section 106 should be prioritised to support building more affordable housing.

Planning ›

Homes for the South West members can demonstrate the latent demand for affordable housing in evidence of the huge unmet need in our region. We can deliver quicker than the private sector, building sites out at a faster rate than private developers. And, we can provide community infrastructure earlier in the development of a given project, creating a sense of place as well as building sales momentum.

Our key asks on planning are that:

  • new developments should have a minimum percentage of affordable homes set at 25% in the South West
  • viability assessments must be reformed so that they are more transparent and publicly available
  • minimum housing densities should be required in areas where land shortage is acute

Skills ›

Homes for the South West members are supporting and promoting apprenticeship investment to support skills and training in the construction industry. We are also working on crystallising the planned proportion of modern methods of construction and off site manufacturing (OSM) in our programmes, enabling a reliable order pipeline to enable new OSM production facilities.

Another vital contribution we are is to ensure sufficient homes are delivered at the affordable end of the market to support  the workforce vital for South West economic growth.

Our key asks on skills are for:

  • investment in construction skills in the region via apprenticeships, academies. This should be together with redefining construction as a relevant modern career option for the next generation of workers, actively marketing courses, qualifications and careers.
  • investment in Off-Site Manufacture (OSM) & MMC (Modern Methods of Construction) to broaden the palette of options as we look to significantly increase development aspirations in the region.
  • consideration of construction as a special case in terms of EU workers rights post-Brexit to ensure we can build the homes we need.

Infrastructure ›

Homes for the South West members are ready to provide the ambitious building and development agenda to fully support a ‘regional powerhouse’ project with appropriate development plans. We can be agile and committed partners in any regional development plan – able to offer scale through our track record of bringing together multiple Housing Associations into consortia. We provide a wide tenure mix that supports broad regional development, including affordable, shared-ownership and open-market sale products at a wide range of price-points.

Our key asks on skills are for:

  • consideration of a South West “powerhouse” programme to drive the region forward and support both home building and wider economic development.
  • realistic local-level funding to be provided to support infrastructure projects region wide, particularly in respect of unlocking the potential for new settlements and major redevelopments.
  • improvements to key arterial road and rail links to be prioritised, and additional momentum to be applied to the high-speed broadband provision programme into the region.
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Homes for the South West in Numbers

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Recent News & Developments

Homes for the South West members are providing the ambitious building plans to effectively support South West delivery of the government’s 300,000 p.a. building targets. See below for examples of our recent developments, building much-needed new homes across the south west. Contact us if you would like to know more about our work.

95 new homes coming to Plymouth this winter

Plymouth’s largest social housing provider and Homes for the South West member Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) has taken handover from contractor Galliford Try of the first 26 homes at the Brentor View development in Southway, Plymouth.

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Economic Growth Conference Focus On Development and Regeneration Projects

This week the West of England Economic Growth Conference was back with a focus on making development and regeneration projects happen to drive economic growth within the region.

Alliance Homes Group CEO Louise Swain presented at the conference yesterday and explained how we’re contributing to economic growth in the region through our five-year strategic plan.

“As a social housing provider, our purpose is to improve lives and benefit communities offering housing and support to more than 12,000 people in the West of England.

“It’s estimated that nationally 300,000 extra homes needed each year by 2025, and the shortage of affordable homes remains high on national agenda. According to the National Housing Federation’s Home Truths Report, in the south west, the five-year shortfall is 21,597, and it’s clear we need to do more to tackle the unaffordability of buying a home or renting in the private market.

“With the unveiling of the Social Housing Green Paper in August, and last month’s speech by Theresa May announcing £2bn investment in housing from 2022, we’re welcoming government’s desire to change the perception of social housing. Ms May wants to see social housing so good people are proud to call it their home, and I’m pleased that number 10 understands the part the sector needs to and can play. But our sector is set against a backdrop of socioeconomic changes with an ageing population and increased health needs, and the pace of digital transformation quickening. As housing providers, we need to do more, and with pace.

“What are we doing to bridge the gap? At Alliance, we’ve built a five-year strategy which aims to not just increase the supply housing but to also help support our customers into employment to help them sustain their tenancy.

“Government support for housebuilding in the West of England is set to help nearly double the number of new homes delivered historically. At Alliance, we’re at the outset of delivering 1,000 new homes over the next five years through land-led builds and section 106 agreements.

“Becoming a member of the newly relaunched Homes for the South West sees us working collaboratively with other registered providers of social housing to identify and tackle the barriers to new housing in our region. Together, we own over 180,000 homes housing over a million people. Our collective voice is making the case for new housing at a local, regional and national level, as we strive to build 16,000 new homes before 2020. We’re ambitious about the role we can play together to invest in and build more homes in the South West.”

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