During the Covid-19 pandemic, much of the focus has been on shoring up existing delivery and, where possible, extending arrangements if it is not possible to re-procure.
Builders and housing associations (HAs) are working together on large-scale developments aimed at tackling the housing crisis. Private developers and HAs cannot build the tens of thousands of quality, well-designed and affordable homes the Midlands needs on their own and have formed joint ventures (JVs) to boost output.
Against this backdrop, we hosted a breakfast roundtable with Insider Midlands magazine that had attendees from a range of organisations addressing housing needs in the Midlands. The discussion explored JVs in more detail, focussing on:
- The scale of JVs, involving HAs and private developers
- Where these schemes are focussed
- The role of the different organisations involved
- The tenures provided by these schemes
- The mix of units for market sale and social/affordable rents
- The quality of design and facilities.
Richard Brooks, Mark Cook and Victoria Jardine from Anthony Collins Solicitors attended the event, and a full write-up from the discussion was published in Insider (August 2019). If you wish to learn more about the firm’s work in this area, please contact Richard, Mark or Victoria.
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