Housing Market Intelligence Conference 2013

Housing Market Intelligence Conference 

Wednesday 9th October

The British Museum, London

Ministers make housing pledges at HMI conference

The government will next month launch a Right to Contest scheme, which will allow people to identify government-owned land that they believe could be put to better use, Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the treasury announced today (October 9). Speaking at Housebuilder’s Housing Market Intelligence conference in London, Alexander said that the public sector held 40% of development sites and that “we shouldn’t act as a compulsive hoarder”.

“If the government is holding land that you think we can make better use of, we will sell it on the open market and use the proceeds to pay down the debt,” Alexander explained. He acknowledged the “vocal critics” of the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme who feared a housing bubble, but said that market data contradicted their concerns. He added that the Bank of England would alert the government to any overheating in the market.“Those who think there is a housing bubble should get out of London more,” he commented.

Also speaking at the conference, shadow communities secretary Hilary Benn said that Labour would “broadly speaking” keep the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). “Local councils must take responsibility for their housing need under the NPPF,” he said.

Where

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Agenda

Housing Market Intelligence Conference - approximate timings.

 

9.30 - Registration     10.00 - Conference Start  

 

Speakers include:

 

 Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP

Chief Secretary to the Treasury

 

Hilary Benn MP

Shadow Communities Secretary

 

David Smith

Economics Editor, The Sunday Times

   

Andy Rose

Chief Executive, Homes and Communities Agency

    

Stephen Stone

Chief Executive, Crest Nicholson

   

Stewart Baseley

Executive Chairman, HBF

         

Mark Elliott

Chief Executive, McCarthy & Stone

   

Mike Quinton

Chief Executive, NHBC (Conference Chair)

   

Anthony Codling

Managing Director, Jefferies International

   

Ian Dove QC

No5 Chambers

   

John Stewart

Director Economic Affairs, HBF

   

Andrew Whitaker

Planning Director, HBF

 

 

Neil Sinden

Director of Policy and Campaigns, CPRE

 

 

Peter Andrew

Director of Land and Planning, Taylor Wimpey

 

 

 

 

16.30 - Conference Close (approximate)

 

 CONFERENCE AGENDA

 

conference timings and speakers are subject to change

Speakers

Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP
David Smith
David Smith
Economics Editor, The Sunday Times
Andy Rose
Stephen Stone
Stephen Stone
CEO, Crest Nicholson
Baseley-Stewart
Stewart Baseley
Executive Chairman, HBF, Home Builders Federation (HBF)
Mark Elliott
QUINTON-Mike
Mike Quinton
Anthony Codling
Ian Dove QC
Jack Dromey MP
Peter Andrew
Peter Andrew
Neil Sinden
Cllr Jim Harker