The Archbishop of York and Canterbury’s ground-breaking recent report ‘Coming Home’ sent a powerful signal that it is the responsibility of the Church of England, and all landowners and developers, to use their resources to help tackle the housing crisis. In one London borough alone, Southwark, there are 18 development opportunities on land owned by faith organisations, at least one of them with the capacity for as many as 1,000 homes.
Overall the Church Commissioners manage £8.7 billion of assets, with roughly 15% in various land holdings, and 3% of the portfolio (6,000 acres) held as strategic land suitable for housing. Many faith groups are looking for investment in their buildings and their mission – so how can we better broker connections between faith groups and councils wanting to build stronger, more resilient communities by meeting the housing needs of their area?
This webinar will ask:
- What examples are there of councils and faith groups successfully working together to create new affordable housing and community spaces?
- How can faith groups help shape a positive vision of what good housing should look like?
- What legal obstacles and solutions are there for charities to use their assets to meet social objectives?
- How scalable is a more systematic approach to local authorities and faith groups working together for mutual benefit of their communities?
- What role can the private sector play in supporting faith groups’ housing ambitions?
- Martyn Evans, Creative Director, U+I
- Nick Pollock, Executive Team Lead for the Archbishops’ Initiatives on Housing and Community (on secondment from Duchy of Cornwall – where he is Head of Planning)
- Cllr Leo Pollak, London Borough of Southwark
- Rhiannon Monk Winstanley, Housing Community Organiser, Centre for Theology and Community
- Tim Whitton, Pastor, East Street Baptist Church, Walworth
Hosted in partnership with U+I