Preview: Is Theresa May planning a major shakeup of the housing market?

Newington's Gurjit Bains looks at how next week's Conservative Conference could impact housing.

With the Conservative Party Conference just around the corner, members, business owners and eager hacks will descend on Manchester this weekend keen to gain insight into the Party’s vision moving forward.

Conservative Party Conference will allow attendees to use this informal setting to socialise with high profile industry leaders and gain invaluable insight into the direction the party is heading in.

Although the press has been eager to jump on apparent divisions on Brexit, the Conservative Party is united on one significant point; they do not want another election.

Despite a confident opposition, the Conservatives have every intention of remaining in government and will use this conference to entrench their position.

Whilst Brexit talks will take centre stage, Newington has received reports that a major announcement on housing and public sector land is planned. With votes lost to the Labour Party from private renters priced out of the housing market, a major boost to housing would help bring back neutral voters.

 

Housing fringe guide

With the fringe guide now out we advise using your time and resources wisely to discuss the important issues on your agenda and build relationships with key decision makers shaping the post-Brexit political landscape.

The key to the Fringe events is planning well in advance, attending with plenty of business cards and being careful not to burn yourself out on day one!

Here’s our guide to the best housing events at Conservative Party Conference:

Can we build more and affordable homes without sacrificing the countryside?

  • Campaign to Protect Rural England
  • 02/10/2017 18.00 - 19.00
  • Manchester Central : Central 4
  • Speakers: Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan MP (Chair); Alok Sharma MP, Housing Minister (invited); Tom Fyans, Campaigns Director CPRE; Local Authority Housing Leader (invited);

 

How do we build the quality homes that Britain needs?

  • 02/10/2017 16.00 - 17.30 CONSERVATIVEHOME
  • Manchester Central : ConservativeHome Marquee
  • Speakers: Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning;

 

The Housing Fringe

  • 02/10/2017 17.45 - 19.00 L&Q, MIDLAND HEART, MOAT, ONE HOUSING AND PEABODY
  • Manchester Central : Exchange 6-7 combined
  • Speakers: Eddie Hughes MP (Chair); David Montague, Chief Executive, L&Q; Ruth Cooke, Chief Executive, Midland Heart; Elizabeth Austerberry, Chief Executive, Moat; Richard Hill, Chief Executive, One Housing; Brendan Sarsfield, Chief Executive, Peabody; Alok Sharma MP, Minister of State for Housing (invited);

 

Putting Power in the Northern Powerhouse

  • The Northern Powerhouse is the flagship initiative to boost economic growth and prosperity in the North of England. Building on a rich history of energy infrastructure, how can the north of England maximise its potential within the energy sector as we transition towards a low carbon future?
  • 02/10/2017 14.00-15.00 POLICY EXCHANGE AND DRAX
  • Manchester Central : Cobden 3 & 4
  • Speakers: Warwick Lightfoot, Head of Economics and Social Policy, Policy Exchange (Chair); Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry (invited); Henri Murison, Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership; Andy Koss, Chief Executive, Drax Power; Matthew Knight, Director of Energy Strategy and Government Affairs, Siemens;

 

The Triumph of the Cities? How can metro mayors unlock the potential of Britain's cities?

  • A new generation of elected mayors offers the opportunity to turn around Britain's over centralised government and boost weak local productivity. In this panel, we bring together representatives from London, the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine to see what they can learn from each other.
  • 03/10/2017 09.30 - 13.30 POLICY EXCHANGE AND KPMG
  • Manchester Central : Cobden 3 & 4
  • Speakers: Jonathan Dupont, Economic & Social Policy Research Fellow, Policy Exchange (Chair); Andy Street CBE, Mayor of West Midlands; Ben Houchen, Tees Valley Mayor; Chris Hearld, Chairman, North Region, KPMG; Naomi Clayton, Policy and Research Manager, Centre for Cities;