Representatives from GreenSquare joined housing, construction, health and planning professionals at an event on Friday (10 February) in a bid to solve Gloucestershire’s housing crisis.
Latest research suggests the county needs an extra 50,000 homes by 2030 to meet demand from people who wish to buy, rent privately and rent from housing associations or local authorities.
While presenting a tough challenge, it also offers great opportunities for organisations to collaborate on creative solutions to meet demand for quality, affordable homes for current and future generations.
The Let’s Talk Housing event in Cheltenham provided a platform for senior figures from a range of sectors to debate the issues and seek possible solutions.
It was organised by Gloucestershire Homes and Communities Partnership (GHCP) which comprises seven local housing providers including GreenSquare.
At the beginning of February, the National Housing Federation published its ‘Home Truths’ report, highlighting a huge gap between average incomes and house prices, and a major shortage of affordable homes to rent.
Howard Toplis, GreenSquare's chief executive, said: “It's clear that Gloucestershire, like many areas in the country, needs to find a lasting solution to solving the housing crisis. This event brought together the experience and expertise of professionals from a variety of sectors, to help us address the housing shortage, and shape Gloucestershire's future housing growth. By working together we can examine how we can fund and deliver the Government's ambitious target of building 50,000 new homes in the area by 2030."
Presentations at Let’s Talk Housing put the local housing market in context, considered innovative housing models for older people, and looked at funding and delivery opportunities available to kick-start social housing developments.
To find out more about GHCP, visit www.ghcp.co.uk