2nd August, 2019
Homes for the North, an alliance of 17 of the largest developing housing associations in the North of England, has published ‘The Role of Housing in the Northern Powerhouse’. This was a joint report produced by Quod and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) that identifies the importance of housing delivery in supporting the growth in the North of England.
The Government’s 2016 Strategy defines the Northern Powerhouse as ‘a vision for joining up the North’s great towns, cities and counties, pooling their strengths, and tackling major barriers to productivity to unleash the full economic potential of the North’. The latest report by Homes for the North highlights the importance of the integration of housing, infrastructure and economic growth. Outlining that the housing market needs effective intervention now for the long term revitalisation of the North to be realised.
The report concludes that housing will be a key enabler in unlocking the potential of region, and if the Northern Powerhouse growth aspirations are to be achieved, it will require over two million more homes by 2050. Analysis identified brownfield capacity across the north for around 300,000 homes, but co-ordinated planning will be needed to deliver more.
Above all, the key message of the report is that if the transformation of the North’s economy is to succeed, jobs, transport and housing will need to be planned together, in a collaborative way.
Read the report here.
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