Rural Housing Specialists, Hastoe, comment on Prime Minister’s Housing Summit Speech

The Prime Minister spoke at the NHF's National Housing Summit on 19 September 2018


Andrew Potter, Chief Executive of England’s largest rural housing association, Hastoe, has commented on the Prime Minister’s speech to the National Housing Summit.

The Prime Minister announced an extra £2bn for housing associations to build homes through new longer-term partnerships with Government.

She also said she wants to see “housing associations taking on and leading major developments themselves” to build affordable housing, rather than just large open market developers.

Andrew Potter, Chief Executive of Hastoe, said:

“While we welcome the extra £2bn for social housing, we’d like to see as much of this money as possible allocated for social rents. These are more affordable for people in rural areas, where prices are higher than the national average but wages are lower.

“There was a really welcome focus on design quality in the speech. The PM is absolutely right - the quality of aesthetic, design and build should not be any lower just because a property is to be managed by a housing association. At Hastoe, we’re passionate about design quality – every one of our schemes is designed with the local community and fits the rural vernacular. This is the best way to boost support for new social housing in Rural England.”

“Finally, it was good to see the PM talk about housing associations taking on large sites themselves, rather than big open market developers. As the Letwin Review shows, large open market sites take decades to build out. But housing associations want to provide affordable homes as quickly as possible.”

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