Policy Forum for Wales

Next steps for housing in Wales: affordability, sustainability and tackling homelessness

Morning, Wednesday, 18th September 2019

Park Inn Hotel, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2JH


This seminar will discuss housing in Wales - focusing on key policy priorities for:

  • Supply of affordable housing;
  • Sustainability, innovation and support for the housing sector;
  • Private rental sector - implications of policy developments for tenants and landlords; and
  • Tackling homelessness and rough sleeping.

It will be an opportunity for government policy officials and key stakeholders to consider the Independent review of affordable housing supply in Wales with the Welsh Government expected to complete its response in the Autumn, having accepted all but one of the Review’s recommendations.

The conference also follows the recently-released draft consultation on the National Development Framework (NDF), with discussion expected on its emphasis on locating homes, jobs and services in the same area, and making sure that development complements growing urban areas - as well as opportunities presented by investment in existing urban areas and the potential impact on future growth.

Delegates will consider the independent review’s recommendations and the Government’s response.

In the context of debate on potential opportunities presented by taking a partnership approach, delegates will also examine wider issues for delivering housing across Wales – including challenges around ensuring quality in future developments; improving the speed of planning decisions; and how the Government can support SME housebuilders to further boost current housing supply.

The agenda also looks at innovation and sustainability in the sector, including the impact of the construction sector deal and clean growth Grand Challenge.

Attendees will examine options for increasing the uptake of new technologies and processes to reduce costs and for facilitating production of smarter buildings with better whole-life performance, increasing the use of on-site energy generation and storage, and greater use of off-site manufacturing.

Delegates will consider possible implications of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act for tenants and landlords, as well as the proposals on reforms to the rental sector in the affordable housing supply review - as the Government consults on amending the Act including changes to notice periods and how landlords end contracts, and prepares to announce its five-year rent policy from 2020-21.

Following the consultation on the Renting Homes (Wales) Act, we expect discussion on the developing rights and obligations of landlords and contract-holders, and simplifying the legal framework of the renting process - as well as increasing security for tenants through the prohibition of renewal and continuance of standard occupation contract payments.

Further sessions will consider the impact of Housing First pilot schemes, and will examine the implementation of the Rough Sleeping Strategy Action Plan 2018-2020 - including implementing localised strategies to tackle rough sleeping and supporting programmes of early intervention.

Keynote Speaker

Lynn Pamment

Chair, Independent Panel for Affordable Housing Supply Review and Senior Partner, Government & Public Services Lead, PwC

Keynote Speaker

Lynn Pamment

Chair, Independent Panel for Affordable Housing Supply Review and Senior Partner, Government & Public Services Lead, PwC


Councillor Margaret Wilkinson

Cabinet Member, Housing and Building Services, Vale of Glamorgan Council

Councillor Jane Mudd

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, Newport City Council


Yvonne Connolly

Regional Manager, Wales and South West, Salvation Army

Peter Hughes

Managing Director, Principality Commercial, Principality Building Society

Alun Evans

Senior Campaigns and Advocacy Officer, Citizens Advice Cymru

Nick Morris

Policy and Communications Manager, Crisis

Alicja Zalesinska

Director, Tai Pawb

Dr Bob Smith

Honorary Senior Research Fellow, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

Andrew Vye

Managing Director, Homes and Communities, Pobl Group

Keith Davies

Manager, Sustainable Places, Land and Sea, Natural Resources Wales

Ifan Glyn

Director, Federation of Master Builders Cymru

Owen Francis

Associate Director, Planning, Turley

Ben Francis

Director, Hygrove Homes

Councillor Tony Thomas

Lead Member, Housing, Regulation and the Environment, Denbighshire County Council