Talking to the Private Sector about Affordable Housing

The Affordable Housing Inquiry Panel met on Monday with representatives from the homebuilding industry.

The purpose of the session was to find out how the private sector could contribute to an increase in the supply of affordable homes in Swansea.

Giving evidence at the panel were:

  • Richard Price – Homebuilders Federation
  • Andrew Compton – Persimmon Homes
  • Ian Griffiths – Barratt Homes

Andrew Comton (left), Richard Price (middle) and Ian Griffiths (right)

The panel were able to hear from the homebuilders about a wide range of issues including:

  • The financial challenges facing private developers
  • The increasing costs of building new homes
  • The challenges of working with the planning system
  • The need for greater flexibility and innovation
  • Ideas for different ways of working

Overall the homebuilders were keen to underline that they want to be building more affordable homes and that the best way to do this is to increase the total number of homes being built.

The detailed findings from the meeting along with more general conclusions and recommendations will be published once the Panel completes the Inquiry around March 2013.

 

Councillor Tyler-Lloyd (left) and Councillor Cole (right)

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