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London and the housing crisis - what's next?


CIH's London housing summit will offer housing professionals from across the capital the opportunity to keep ahead with the latest knowledge from the industry and share information with peers who are faced with similar challenges. Ahead of the event on 6 October, we caught up with CIH senior policy and practice officer Sarah Davis.

What would you like to see CIH doing to help the housing industry in London?

London has a new Mayor with a clear focus on delivering the new homes London needs, and an ambition for many more affordable homes to be in the mix, looking at new ways to prioritise this on public sector land. CIH is keen to engage with that and to ensure that housing professionals, with their expertise and understanding, contribute effectively, and share the ways we can tackle the significant problems of supply and affordability.

We work both to raise the profile of housing professionals as key partners in tackling the housing crisis, and ensuring that we can support them with tools to do a great job. We work closely with our active regional board, CIH in London, to make sure we listen to the experts – our members on the ground – to shape this. So we will be there at the summit both talking about the issues and listening to the audience about the issues and the solutions being developed.

What can the housing industry be doing to help with the issues you’re speaking on regarding the standard of homes in London?

CIH in London, through its SHAPE document and work since then, has kept the focus on the key issues that concerned housing professionals. Critically that is about the numbers and affordability of housing the capital needs, but also about standards - the quality and liveability of homes, and making sure that what we build is fit for the future. 

So it is also about how we can design and build homes that are affordable to access (rent or buy) and affordable to live in – energy efficient, physically adaptable and accessible as we age or encounter health/mobility problems etc. The summit will be an important opportunity to do this, as are the ongoing networks and activities of CIH in London, as it identified in SHAPE.

What are you most looking forward to from the London summit?

The programme for the summit is comprehensive and provides an opportunity to hear from key experts across the housing industry in London. It provides space and time to share and develop new ways of working, and partnerships that can help us to increase the numbers of new homes, increase the percentage of affordable homes to rent and buy and to improve standards.

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