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MEET HOMES FOR THE NORTH

When 18 of the largest housing associations in the north of England came together to look at ways to influence policy and solve the housing crisis, Homes for the North was born.

Almost three years on from our initial launch in Parliament, we’ve come a long way.

Our founding commitment to address the shortage of affordable homes in the north is now supported by significant new research, which we commission and share with policy and decision makers to raise awareness and influence action.

Our members, who already own and manage some 500,000 homes in the north, are swelling that number by building at least 21,000 new homes over the next three years.

Our work and investment help create stable, sustainable communities which not only impacts on local economic growth but adds around £2.5bn a year to the northern economy.

But our work isn’t just about building homes, it’s about building better lives for the people who live in them too. That’s why, as a group we’ve invested more than £35m in our communities, money that has helped 9,000 people into work and training; helped tackle fuel poverty and hunger and upskilled, empowered and improved the resilience of local residents.

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OUR WORK

Our work, over the last three years, has revealed four key areas that need to be addressed to support the delivery of social and affordable homes.

These four strands drive our focus. You can read the full Homes for the North Charter here.

Ambition

Northern Position
  • In 2017/18, 72 local authority areas in the north delivered 35,560 new homes
  • To meet demand, 50,000 new homes are needed each year
Our Ask
  • Government needs to set a formal target of 50,000 homes per year in the north
  • This should be used as a benchmark to assess local plans by
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Alignment

Northern Position
  • The Northern Powerhouse Independent Economic Review (NPIER) reveals at 25% GVA per head performance gap between the north and the rest of the country
  • This highlights a need for local strategies designed to boost economic growth and homes to support it
Our Ask
  • Government should insist that local authorities align their local industrial strategies and housing supply plans
  • Methodology for assessing housing need should reflect economic growth strategies
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Connectivity

Northern Position
  • Over 50% of new homes are being built without easy access to good local travel connections
  • Homes need infrastructure and new infrastructure needs new homes to support growth
Our Ask
  • The establishment of a pan-northern body to ensure that planning for housing and infrastructure are synchronised
  • Cross sector advisory body comprising Transport for the North, Homes England, Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and Housing Associations with powers to scrutinise plans, issue guidance and make recommendations to maximise growth
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Delivery

Northern Position
  • Urban areas in the north are hindered by an industrial legacy
  • Challenges include: poor housing, Victorian infrastructure, contaminated land
Our Ask
  • Re-adoption of area-based renewal programmes and a new deal between Government, local authorities and housing associations
  • Agreement should focus on an individual area integrating existing investment streams in housing, transport and local economic development
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You can read the full Homes for the North Charter here.

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HOMES FOR THE NORTH IN NUMBERS TOGETHER WE…

5,575

We built 5,575 new homes in 2017-18

21,300

Plan to build more than 21,000 new homes in the next three years

500,000

Own or manage more than 500,000 homes

1 million

Provide affordable homes for nearly 1 million people

£35 million

We have contributed more than £35 million in community investment

17,500 people

Employ almost 17,500 people – that’s similar to the combined workforce of Nissan and Ford in the UK

£1 billion

We spend £1 billion building and maintaining homes each year

£13.3 billion

We have a combined turnover of over £2billion and assets of £13.5 billion

£2.5 billion

Contribute up to £2.5 billion each year (Gross Value Added) to the northern economy.

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OUR MEMBERS

We plan on building 21,356 more homes over the next three years

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News & Research

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OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS THE NUMBER OF HOUSEHOLDS IN THE NORTH WEST IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE BY 360,000. YET A QUARTER OF ADULTS AGED 20–34 ARE UNABLE TO AFFORD THEIR OWN HOME.

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GET IN TOUCH

To find out more or to get in touch
with Homes for the North.

For Homes for the North media enquiries.

  • Call Nick Faith 07960 996 233

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