Over 150 professionals from across the housing sector attended a first-class conference today (October 26th).
Organised by the Housing, Health and Wellbeing group at Sedgemoor District Council and held at the McMillan Theatre in Bridgwater, conference-goers heard from a range experts from Housing Associations; architects and developers and focused on showcasing good practice and creativity in the new build housing sector.
The shortage of housing and the need to build more homes continues to be topic of national debate. As a nation, we are simply not building enough new homes. Despite consistently delivering year-on-year above target, Sedgemoor District Council is committing itself to accelerating the delivery of many more new homes over the coming years and the key message was that SDC are ready to explore innovative ideas and to explore the housing industry views on working collaboratively.
Councillor Duncan McGinty, Leader of SDC said “Our reputation as punching above our weight in the housing sector was reaffirmed by the attendance from many major players from across the national housing industry. We were really pleased that our message about thinking in different ways, try different approaches alongside traditional building methods to plug the gaps in the housing market was well received.”
The speaker’s line up was:-
Welcome by Chairman – Ric Pallister, OBE
The Government’s Agenda for Housing – Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP
A Vision for Sedgemoor – Allison Griffin , Chief Executive, SDC
Creating Beauty, not the Beast – Nicholas Boys Smith, Create Streets
Building More – Dan Haines, Keepmoat Housing
Building More – Colin Powell, GCP Architects
The Reality of Building Homes in Sedgemoor: Good, Bad and Ugly – Diane Howcroft, Bloor Homes
The Reality of Building Homes in Sedgemoor: Good, Bad and Ugly – Donna Johnson, SW Housing Society
Closing – Cllr Duncan McGinty, Leader of Sedgemoor District Council