Eleven Placeshapers are among this year's housing ‘Power Players’, published annually by sector magazine 24Housing.
4 February 2019 more...
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"2016 may be remembered for many things. Pop icons dying, Cameron exiting, UK Brexiting and Trump triumphing to name but a few. For housing, though, 2016 represents an evolution. An evolving from our old ways, the known approaches and the comfortable, from our campaigning for a status quo, from a return to the good old days. Now we emerge from this period of change and challenge as businesses who are stronger, smarter and savvy. Who look to the future and sense the direction of travel and strive to influence it for the better.
We call this period "coming of age" at Aspire, where we have battled through this period of change and evolved to survive. And as Chair of PlaceShapers I'm privileged to gain insight into the work of others. And you know, their stories are no different, no less challenging, and no less impactful. We are still here, indeed, very much so. Emerging from the rent reductions, with business plans that work, covenants that are met and KPIs delivered has almost been a sleight of hand. Maybe for those that don't know what we are capable of. We are planning to build more homes, doubling, tripling even our development programmes. How did we do this? We did it through strong leadership and clarity of vision, through great people caring enough to make difficult things work and through the inalienable fact that we survive because what we do is needed. Needed by too many in this modern age, but needed nevertheless.
What now for us all in 2017? I'm no astrologer but I would say my sense of direction isn't bad. I guess the future really is in our hands. 1 million homes need to be built, people need housing, care and support, employment and skills offers. Neighbourhoods require investment and regeneration, people want to feel good again.
And now, at last we are getting heard, heard for the right things. Not just saying what won't work, getting known for saying what will and recognising that we can be better, do more and adapt. We have to. Our life is in our hands and I wouldn't wish for anything else. Let's back ourselves to deliver."
Placeshapers retweeted Rachael Orr
Lots of innovative examples of low cost living here. But it skirts the central issue that rents are far, far too hi… https://t.co/Ik3XnfMnLn
17 Feb 2019
Placeshapers retweeted Origin Housing
We're supporting 52 care leavers at our young people services in the WC1 area. Our support workers are there to hel… https://t.co/wUQxTyAJdn
15 Feb 2019
Winter star builders
The nine PlaceShaper members in the North East region endeavour to build more than 8,500 homes over the next five years. more...