Housing conference to explore Northern solutions to a national crisis

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Homes for the North announces major conference to examine housing’s vital role in economic growth

In association with Northern Housing magazine

THE North has its own problems, but as a major housing conference in Leeds will assert later this year, it also has its own solutions – and these are vital to national success.

In November, Homes for the North (H4N) – an alliance of 17 of the North of England’s largest developing housing associations – is hosting its first major conference to present its latest research, inspire debate, and make its case for an empowered North.

Carol Matthews, chief executive of Riverside and chair of H4N said: “We are delighted to be hosting our first ever Homes for the North conference to make the case for housing as an integrated part of creating a prosperous future for the North.

“In the three years since our inception we have come a long way, from our research highlighting the graduate ‘brain drain’ to our recent collaborative work with Transport for the North.

“We want to broaden our network and share with our peers and key stakeholders our core message – putting homes are the heart of Northern growth”

Delegates attending the one day event, which will be held at the Hilton Leeds City Centre hotel, are expected to gather from across the North and represent a cross-section of public, private and third-sector interests.

The event will bring together civic leaders and politicians of every stripe, along with business chiefs, specialists in housing and the built environment, academics, and a host of interested specialists, to discuss the way forward for the Northern Powerhouse and the role housing has to play in shaping that future.

H4N’s position is simple enough: the solution to the North’s problems are also vital to tackling some of the nation’s most critical social, economic and political challenges, but only if the region’s leaders are granted the means to deliver the goods.

The need for improved infrastructure, education and employment opportunities across the North are well recognised, but housing is every bit as important for delivering thriving communities and strong economies.

If the growth ambitions set out by the Northern Powerhouse are to be realised, then people in the towns and cities of the North need homes that are good quality, secure and genuinely affordable. Without them, the North won’t be able to realise it full potential – and without a strong North, the national economy will be that much weaker.

That’s why H4N is campaigning and lobbying Government to put homes at the heart of Northern growth. The coming conference is very much about a strong future for the North – by the North.

Putting Homes at the Heart of Northern Growth

Homes for the North Conference, Leeds, 14 November 2019

Hilton Leeds City Centre Hotel