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Localism – Opportunities for Housing Associations. Kate Dodsworth, Assistant Director - Regions, National Housing Federation. Overview. Background – the Localism Bill The draft National Planning Policy Framework Localism and Communities The role of housing associations Making it work.

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Localism – Opportunities for Housing Associations

Kate Dodsworth, Assistant Director - Regions,

National Housing Federation


Overview
Overview

  • Background – the Localism Bill

  • The draft National Planning Policy Framework

  • Localism and Communities

  • The role of housing associations

  • Making it work


The localism bill
The Localism Bill

  • Part of a wider philosophy....

    “The time has come to disperse power more widely in Britain today.”


A quick re cap on the bill
A quick re-cap on the Bill

  • New freedoms and flexibility for local government

  • New rights and powers for communities

  • Reform of the planning system

  • Abolition of regional strategies

  • Neighbourhood planning

  • Local decisions about social housing

  • Reform of social housing regulation


Draft nppf
Draft NPPF

  • Draft NPPF published in Summer

  • 1,300 pages of planning policy replaced by 50 pages

  • “the purpose of planning is to achieve sustainable development”


Draft nppf1
Draft NPPF

  • Battle lines drawn over sustainable development?

  • ‘Planning reforms boost local power and growth’ Financial Times, 4 September 2011

  • ‘Must England’s beauty perish, Mr Cameron?’ The Telegraph, 8 September 2011


Some home truths
Some Home Truths.......

  • average home in Kent cost £218,462

  • 10 times the average individual income of £21,923

  • gross annual income needed to secure a mortgage in Kent - £56,176.


Localism and communities
Localism and Communities

  • Neighbourhood plans

  • Who gets to participate?

  • Housing associations will play an important role

  • Could really transform communities for the better


The role of housing associations
The role of housing associations

  • 2008 – 7,000 housing association – led projects supporting people in their communities

  • “The best housing associations have been embodiments of localism for many years” Greg Clark, Decentralisation Minister


Working with communities
Working with communities......

Orbit South – East Kent Residents Forum


Making it work
Making it work

  • Partnerships

  • Housing associations need to be engaged from the start

  • Evidence is crucial

  • Housing associations can play a part in quantifying local need

  • Involve the whole community



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