The future of housing in the North?
Commission for Housing in the North
“What are different about the housing requirements, problems and opportunities of the North?” and “What needs to be done differently in the North to address these?”
To do this we have established a vision and short set of objectives:
“To promote growing, vibrant and high quality housing markets across the North to boost the region’s economic infrastructure and meet resident’s demands and aspirations”
We will meet this by identifying clear housing goals and promoting the value in striving to achieve these through investment in the North. Our work will support organisations bringing this investment develop the right strategies, tactics and practical tools to deliver positive impacts.
We have 3 primary objectives that are interlinked and cumulative in that we need to get the first right before we move on the second allowing us to then realise the third. These objectives are:
To broadly understand current Northern housing market trends, sub-regional variations, opportunities and risks by considering the following questions.
This work will be underpinned by NHC will collating evidence and research covering housing in the North
Through this greater understanding we will then be able to meet our second objective, to enable a framework for housing investment in the North by:
In turn this would allow us to meet a third objective, that of leaving a legacy of practical support including the following:
UK Housing Future
Policy Exchange’s ‘Free Housing Associations’ paper, published November 2014, that suggests allowing housing associations to ‘opt-out’ of their historic grant; extending the Right to Buy and allowing housing associations to sell off high value homes.
The NHF’s report into the Yorkshire and Humber housing market, published October 2014, highlighting mixed housing markets (areas of high/low demand); affordability issues alongside low demand issues and standards of home and employment opportunities.
Spotlight on Manchester
A Savills report on the future of Manchester as the hub of the Northern Powerhouse that highlights the various issues facing the area including the need for 100,000 new homes over the next decade to meet rising demand.
PRS in Manchester
New Economy Manchester’s report on the private rented sector (PRS) within Greater Manchester that focuses on the housing aspirations and private rented sector housing experiences of young professionals and mid-income families living within the sector.
Greater Manchester Housing Monitor
PRS and Housing Strategy
Together at home: A new strategy for housing – an IPPR report advocating the social argument for homeownership including suggestions for reforming housing finance; a better deal for renters including reasonable regulation of privately rented property and a new form of localism for housing including decentralising resources and responsibility.
More than a Roof – the Resolution Foundation’s report on how incentivisation can drive up standards in the private rented sector which suggests a single, easily understood set of minimum standards; regulation of letting agents and an end to letting agent fees and greatly increasing the number of landlords who sign up to a recognised accreditation scheme by adding an element of conditionality to the tax relief currently available to landlords
IPPR’s landmark ‘State of the North 2015’ briefing outlining four key tests for the Northern Powerhouse including the generation of a better type of economic growth, up-skilling of people and workforces, increases in infrastructure spending and better local democracy.
Housing and Economy
Future of social housing