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Maggie Rafalowicz newerCampbell Tickell are delighted to have worked with PlaceShapers and their member organisations to conduct this research. Maggie Rafalowicz discusses PlaceShapers We Build report.

PlaceShapers members have delivered 52,000 new homes in the past six years. This year they will complete nearly two-thirds more homes than they did last in year. And they plan to develop 88,000 homes in the next five - a 12% overall increase on their existing housing stock.

The numbers themselves are impressive. What makes PlaceShapers' contribution unique though, is their commitment and ability to meet local housing and community needs. They are best positioned to take advantage of their knowledge and links within localities to form partnerships that provide homes and services that are most relevant to their communities.

While some PlaceShapers members are developing very large sites with hundreds of new homes, most are building at smaller scale - delivering schemes that volume builders typically won't touch, often complex schemes in sensitive locations with multiple stakeholders. Complementing volume housebuilders in this way makes PlaceShapers key delivery partners for central and local government.

The case studies in the report demonstrate the wide range of schemes that PlaceShapers members are developing: social and affordable rent, supported housing, housing for older people and first time buyers, outright sale and shared ownership - adapting what is required according to local circumstances. Members are committed to innovative approaches, developing environmentally efficient homes and using off-site manufacturing.

The report highlights particular ways in which government could help housing associations access all opportunities  to deliver the new homes that the country needs. These include clarity on future rents, tenure flexibility, and the funding of supported housing, together with better access to discounted land and more investment in affordable housing.

Campbell Tickell are delighted to have worked with PlaceShapers and their member organisations  to conduct this research, which we believe highlights  important  lessons for the whole sector as well as our partners in central and local government. It particularly highlights the benefits of working with and for communities in providing local housing solutions.

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Maggie Rafalowicz is an Associate Director at Campbell Tickell. For more information, please email, call 07802 187867 or Tweet @MaggieRafalowic



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