James Stevens

Director for Cities, HBF

James has been with the HBF for ten years. James is a chartered town planner and is now the HBF's Director for Cities - a newly created role to help the industry engage with the newly created Metro Mayors and Combined Authorities. James was previously the HBF's Strategic Planner with responsibility primarily for London and the wider south east, but he also has extensive local plans and policy experience from all over England. James graduated from London South Bank University in 2007 with an MA distinction in town planning and was awarded RTPI student of his year.

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Devolution – the changing shape of England’s political governance

July 4, 2018

James Stevens, HBF’s director for cities, looks at the effect of gradual devolution in England. Changes suggest a shift in power when it comes to housing policy

Devolution: “Power, responsibility and accountability”

Oct. 4, 2019

HBF director for cities James Stevens listens to new prime minister Boris Johnson’s plans to reinvigorate the Northern Powerhouse

The planning white paper and the future of strategic planning

Nov. 4, 2020

James Stevens, HBF’s director for cities, argues that we need to consider strategic planning that looks far beyond the short term

The new lockdown: neutralising nutrients in new development

April 7, 2021

HBF director for cities James Stevens looks at the issue of excessive nutrients flow into wetland areas which is leading to serious delays in housebuilding