HBF Policy Conference 2017

HBF Policy Conference 2017


28 March 2017 - 1 Wimpole Street, London

It was a day of challenges, solutions, pleas, analysis and “a strong message” from government to the housebuilding industry.

The HBF Policy conference 2017, chaired by Sunday Times property correspondent Martina Lees, had something for everyone – politics, economics, market analysis, skills updates, planning and even humour.

Communities secretary Sajid Javid used his speech not only to outline the policies coming through the recent Housing White Paper, but to set down challenges to the industry on design, quality and fair sales terms. He surprised the audience by telling them he intended to ensure that Help to Buy equity loans would only be available on homes being sold with acceptable and fair terms, a reference to recent concerns about new homes being sold as leasehold rather than freehold and attracting ongoing fees and charges.

Help to Buy was high on the conference agenda, with Barratt ceo David Thomas calling for an extension beyond 2021 to be “an absolute priority” for government. Javid said he hoped there would be news on this “quite soon”.

Shadow housing secretary John Healey told the conference he was less keen on Help to Buy, calling it a blank cheque for housebuilders and saying it should be more targeted at those it is meant to help – first time buyers on ordinary incomes.

James Lidgate of Legal & General Capital reported on the pension and insurance company’s increasing interest in housing including progress on its modular homes factory near Leeds, while Mark Aedy of Moelis & Co looked at the sector in terms of the City and found seven reasons to be cheerful.

HBF executive chairman Stewart Baseley provided an update on some of the key issues the federation is tackling at present while HBF planning director Andrew Whitaker added a sprinkling of humour with his ever entertaining take on all we need to know about what is happening in the planning world.

With market analysis from HBF policy director David O’Leary and Savills’ Lucian Cook and an analysis of the progress the industry is making to tackle the skills challenge from Home Building Skills Partnership director Jenny Herdman and Francesca Stott of Story Homes, there was plenty for the 250 plus delegates to absorb.

If you have any questions then please contact the events team on 020 7960 1646 or events@house-builder.co.uk


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1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE


Stewart Baseley
Executive Chairman, HBF, Home Builders Federation (HBF)
Andrew Whitaker
Planning Director, HBF
John Healey MP
Martina Lees
Martina Lees
The Sunday Times
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Lucian Cook
Lucian Cook
Director of Savills and Head of UK Residential Research
David Thomas
David Thomas
Chief Executive, Barratt Developments Plc
James Lidgate
James Lidgate
Director of Housing, Legal & General, Capital
David O'Leary
David O’Leary
Policy Director, Home Builders Federation (HBF)
Mark Aedy
Mark Aedy
Head of EMEA and Asia, Moelis & Company
Jenny Herdman
Jenny Herdman
Director of Home Building Federation Skills Partnership, HBF
Francesca Stott
Francesca Stott
Group HR and OD Director, Story Homes