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CPO Talking Heads: June 2024

Housing is in Crisis: What Role can CPOs Play?

This event runs as an informal discussion with a small panel of leading and informed practitioners extracting the nuances from this months topic "Housing is in Crisis: what role can CPOs play?". It will discuss practical issues that arise, with participants in the meeting being encouraged to listen, join in, ask questions and share comments.

The CPA have partnered with CPT Events to bring you CPO Talking Heads.

Start Date Venue Price  
24 June 2024 Virtual Seminar £50 BOOK

Note: All prices are to be paid in GBP and are subject to VAT at the prevailing rate

Event duration: Afternoon Event (1 hours CPD).
Registration from: 12.55. Event starts at: 13.00. Event finishes at: 14.00.

June's Discussion: Housing is in Crisis: What Role can CPOs Play?

This month we partner with Crisis who have recently been appointed the CPA charity partner for the next 2 years.

Housing is going to be a central issue in the upcoming general election. Lets strip away the politics and look at what can be done in the CPO world.



Where and What? 

  • There are various locations and approaches to building new homes - from greenfield sites to repurposing existing buildings.
  • A diverse range of housing types is needed - from small flats to large homes to accommodate different needs and preferences.
  • Affordable and social housing should be a priority, alongside other housing options.

The Drivers and Inhibitors to Delivery

  • The role of Local Plans, housing targets and the consequences of not having them.
  • The relationship between politics, policy and opposition - is it too intertwined?
  • Should planning have a "compelling public benefit" principle like CPOs?

Affordable Housing Challenges

  • Affordable housing is often lower quality, cheaper (and likely to become obsolete quicker)  - does this just push the housing crisis down the road?
  • What does "good" affordable housing in regeneration schemes look like?
  • Are developer-council viability disputes on the number of affordable housing units hindering the delivery of homes more generally?

The CPO Process

  • CPOs can unlock land value and transform sites, but are they fit for purpose in the planning system to deliver housing?
  • Should CPOs be used to enable local authorities to more easily acquire empty properties?
  • CPOs can disrupt communities - families may be displaced far from their homes, jobs and neighbourhoods. Are we doing enough to mitigate the impacts? 

Potential Solutions

  • Is a "housing NSIP" (Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project) process needed?
  • The CMA's housebuilding market study - could it suggest better ways forward?