The housing market is becoming ever more fractured as different delivery models are developed and introduced. The old model of the local authority directly supplying and maintaining the bulk of housing is long gone.
Most councils have now gone down the ALMO or stock transfer route, thereby giving increased autonomy to a number of new organisations who can be more ‘fleet of foot’ – involving tenants far more closely and making sure that communities are at the heart of decision making.
The changing face of housing provision
This represents a culture change issue as well as a structural one, with the DLOs being seen by some as the most difficult area to modernise.
The paradox is that with the increased number of organisations in the market (including Housing Associations and RSLs) there is a need for a more ‘joined up’ and strategic approach; if the market becomes too fractured, there is the danger of adjacent organisations delivering contradictory plans or options. Most councils therefore retain a ‘strategic’ overview of housing in their area.
Overarching all of this is the increased role of housing organisations in the regeneration of neighbourhoods. Looking ahead, housing will have a crucial role in ‘place shaping’, and the most successful ones will take on wider responsibilities, swallow up their neighbours (or ‘competitors’) and be a massive force for change. It is a long way from the rather static role that ‘council housing’ has traditionally undertaken over the last 60 years.
Where we can help
Over the years we have developed a great deal of knowledge and understanding of this sector and can demonstrate a strong track record in recruiting senior management housing posts.
If you would like to learn more about how GatenbySanderson can help you, contact us on Leeds 0113 205 6071, London 020 7426 3960 or Birmingham 0121 644 5700.