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How will affordable housing development change in the future?

Countdown to SFHA Development Conference – 14 days to go. 

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Ahead of her session at SFHA Development Conference on 17 March, Events Assistant Mollie Stephen spoke to Dr Gemma Jerome, Director of Building with Nature, about what she thinks will be the biggest change in how housing associations develop in the future.

Dr Gemma Jerome said: “There are two big challenges for housing associations as we move into a less certain future. One relates to the practical challenges we collectively face with increasing uncertainty around environment change as a result of the twin threats of the climate and ecological crises.

“In addition, I would say that the key message for housing associations is that sustainability of impact is inherent in the opportunities presented by this tenure type. As legacy landowners and agents/stewards of the assets – both homes and greenspaces – there is a commitment to long-term management and maintenance of the green infrastructure features which provide benefits to both people – tenants – and the wider environment – wildlife.

“If an appropriate development brief is set and implemented, in partnership with a sympathetic design team, construction professionals who share the same values, and an ongoing professional relationship is established from the outset with a grounds maintenance team who have the knowledge and skills to maintain and monitor functionality – as well as aesthetics – of soft, green landscaping features, this will present the best assurance of quality, and sustainability of outcomes – for people and wildlife, as expected by planning departments, and, increasingly, measured by the sector in terms of reputational standing.

The Development Conference will be opened by Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Kevin Stewart, MSP. 

Sessions include:

  • How do we increase off-site housing construction in Scotland? 
  • Social housing and green infrastructure 
  • Delivering high quality, affordable homes with minimal carbon emissions 
  • Create better greenspaces for nature and residents...and save money 
  • Housing Futures – a new innovation programme from SFHA, National Federation of Housing in England, Community Housing Cymru in Wales and the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations.

The Development Conference takes place on 17 March at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh and is followed by the Procurement Conference on 18 March. 

Delegate fees starts at £229 for SFHA members (£319 for non-members), which includes attendance, lunch and all refreshments. If you book to attend both days, the cost is £395 – a saving of £63, and you can send a different delegate each day. 

Book your place via the what’s on section of the SFHA website or contact the SFHA Events Team at events@sfha.co.uk  

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