Delivering Homes and Communities to Drive Economic Growth

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David Warburton, Head of Area, Homes and Communities Agency

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Delivering Homes & Communities to Drive Economic Growth Housing, Planning & the Economy David Warburton HCA Head of Area 26 February 2013

How Housing Contributes to Economic Growth:

How Housing Contributes to Economic Growth Construction jobs – direct and indirect Need a secure home to search for and access jobs Range of housing types and tenures needed to provide the skills and labour for local economies Housing affordability Housing as one of the building blocks of towns, cites and neighbourhoods Place Competiveness Level of understanding Increasing complexity

Construction Jobs – Direct and Indirect:

Construction Jobs – Direct and Indirect Building one house provides the equivalent of 2-3 years direct employment for one person Spending £1 on construction generates £2.60 of Value Added Housebuilding is one of the fastest ways of converting public investment (grants; loans; equity) to jobs – the tap can be turned on very quickly

How Housing Contributes to Economic Growth:

How Housing Contributes to Economic Growth Construction jobs – direct and indirect Need a secure home to search for and access jobs Range of housing types and tenures needed to provide the skills and labour for local economies Housing affordability Housing as one of the building blocks of towns, cites and neighbourhoods Place Competiveness Level of understanding Increasing complexity

A Secure Home As A Pre-requisite To Securing Employment:

A Secure Home As A Pre-requisite To Securing Employment Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers People without stable housing find it difficult to access employment ‘Ways into work’ – partnership of major housing providers in Hackney for employability, skills, job brokerage

How Housing Contributes to Economic Growth:

How Housing Contributes to Economic Growth Construction jobs – direct and indirect Need a secure home to search for and access jobs Range of housing types and tenures needed to provide the skills and labour for local economies Housing affordability Housing as one of the building blocks of towns, cites and neighbourhoods Place Competiveness Level of understanding Increasing complexity

A Range Of Housing Types And Tenures Necessary To Drive Local Economies :

A Range Of Housing Types And Tenures Necessary To Drive Local Economies A focus on housing affordability, and the lack of affordable housing as having a negative impact on the availability of skills supply in the private sector Some research suggests that the social housing funding regime has acted as a brake on labour mobility

How Housing Contributes to Economic Growth:

How Housing Contributes to Economic Growth Construction jobs – direct and indirect Need a secure home to search for and access jobs Range of housing types and tenures needed to provide the skills and labour for local economies Housing affordability Housing as one of the building blocks of towns, cites and neighbourhoods Place Competiveness Level of understanding Increasing complexity

Place Competiveness – The Role Of Housing:

Place Competiveness – The Role Of Housing

How Housing Contributes to Economic Growth:

How Housing Contributes to Economic Growth An essential ingredient in creating attractive places where people can choose to live, work and relax Environmental Driver; wealth and assets a diverse population in close proximity to exchange goods, services and ideas; to drive innovation and enterprise Economic Driver; creative collisions

Has Housing and Planning Consistently Delivered ‘Place Competiveness’?:

Has Housing and Planning Consistently Delivered ‘Place Competiveness’? Not always: Large, sprawling dormitory, mainly private housing estates, which add very little to cities, towns and neighbourhoods Focussed social housing in already low value areas, increasing concentrations of unemployment and worsening deprivation

Using Public Investment and Public Land More Intelligently :

Using Public Investment and Public Land More Intelligently £225 m for major sites £190m for ‘unlocking’ public land £100m to expedite the release of Central Government land The Bristol Property Board

The Economic Imperative in Planning and Housing: Challenging Inherited Wisdom :

The Economic Imperative in Planning and Housing: Challenging Inherited Wisdom Planning for complexity; and to support chance interactions and exchange as opposed to bringing order and conformity It is as important to understand how to create and preserve the human ecosystem, as it is for other species! We are at the leading edge of this here in the South West: Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone Locking Parklands Bristol and Bath Science Park

Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone:

Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone

Locking Parklands :

Locking Parklands

Bristol and Bath Science Park:

Bristol and Bath Science Park

Summary:

Summary More targeted use of Public Land and Public Investment to support enterprise and economic growth A new paradigm for planning and housing growth – based on the understanding of economic drivers, and not just environmental improvements Mix uses and activities; and so stimulate ’creative collisions’ Introduce economic ‘proofing’ for all our planning and housing activities; For major growth locations/regeneration areas – identifying how we are creating/improving ‘place competiveness’; what is the (economic) reason for these places to exist

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