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Thursday 24 January 2019

Twenty highly skilled housing specialists have been appointed by Homes England to help speed up housebuilding across England.

The Framework, due to be launched on 2 February, 2019, will enable procurement of £100m worth of services. It will also be available to other public sector bodies and will form part of the suite of Homes England Frameworks.

The members have been appointed to the housing agency’s new Multidisciplinary Framework to provide technical advice, services and design input to help Homes England prepare brownfield and surplus public sector land for residential development. Their expertise will help increase the pace, scale and quality of development and accelerate delivery of new homes in areas of greatest demand.

Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director for Land, at Homes England, said: “We want to work with ambitious partners who can help us accelerate housing development, deliver value for money, use their skills, knowledge and capacity to significantly increase housing delivery across the country.

“Members appointed to the new Framework bring with them a wealth of knowledge and housing expertise that will enhance the work of Homes England. This will help us meet our ambition to accelerate housebuilding and deliver the 300,000 homes needed each year by the mid-2020s.”

Homes England is supporting the private sector where development remains hindered by complex delivery and economic constraints. As part of this, Homes England aims to purchase land, remediate contaminated brownfield sites, as well as fund and deliver primary infrastructure.

An average home now costs almost eight times more than average earnings. Furthermore, Homes England claim that just 11% of England is developed and only a fraction of developable land would be needed to significantly increase supply, which would in turn help keep house price inflation under control. 

Homes England give their objectives over the period 2018-2023, as being to:

  • Unlock public and private land where the market will not, in order to get more homes built where they are needed.
  • Ensure a range of investment products are available to support housebuilding and infrastructure, including more affordable housing and homes for rent, where the market is not acting.
  • Improve construction productivity.
  • Create a more resilient and competitive market by supporting smaller builders and new entrants, and promoting better design and higher quality homes.
  • Offer expert support for priority locations, helping to create and deliver more ambitious plans to get more homes built.
  • Effectively deliver home ownership products, providing an industry standard service to consumers.