The seminar discussed housing in Wales - it focused on supply of affordable housing; sustainability, innovation and support for the housing sector; the private rental sector and implications of policy developments for tenants and landlords; and tackling homelessness and rough sleeping.
It was an opportunity to consider the Independent review of affordable housing supply in Wales with the Welsh Government expected to complete its response this autumn, having accepted all but one of the Review’s recommendations.
The conference also followed the draft consultation on the National Development Framework (NDF), with discussion on making sure that development complements growing urban areas - as well as opportunities presented by investment in existing urban areas.
Delegates considered the independent review’s recommendations and the government’s response, with discussion on the work of housing associations, financing housing projects, best practice and social landlord and tenant needs.
Delegates examined wider issues for delivering housing across Wales - including challenges around ensuring quality in future developments, for example with relation to fire safety, and how government can support SME housebuilders to further boost current housing supply.
Those attending also looked at innovation and sustainability in the sector.
Delegates considered possible implications of the Renting Homes (Wales) Act for tenants and landlords - following the Government consultation on amending the Act, including changes to notice periods and how landlords end contracts, and as the Government prepares to announce its five-year rent policy from 2020-21.
Following the consultation on the Renting Homes (Wales) Act, attendees discussed the developing rights and obligations of landlords and contract-holders - as well as increasing security for tenants, and related issues regarding maintaining a stable income, such as fuel poverty and job security.
Further sessions considered the impact of Housing First pilot schemes on tackling homelessness and rough sleeping, and examined programmes of early intervention.