5 Oct

Affordable housing plans could be extended to private developers

Affordable housing plans could be extended to private developers

A number of senior housing figures heard yesterday that the government's affordable rent programme could be extended to private housing developers, potentially good news for those looking for property in Somerset.

A fringe event on the issue, held to coincide with the Conservative Party Conference and staged by the think-tank Localis in association with the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), discussed how such plans would create a strong housing sector.

The plans would help boost the market by encouraging diversity, the panel heard. 

Paul Tennant, group chief executive of Orbit Housing Group, attended the meeting and said: "Our aim was to provide a platform for housing organisations to talk to each other about the practical steps they can take to transform their own organisations. 

"We can't do that in isolation, and today was about encouraging others such as politicians to get involved in informing what that future should look like." 

MPs and councillors have been urged to get involved in the plans to help shape the key issues they are focused on such as localism, civic engagement, community investment and jobs, training and social enterprise.

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