Rural Housing Conference 2015

Date: Thursday 9 July
Venue: House of Lords
Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm


Following the success of the RURAL HOUSING ALLIANCE inaugural 2014 conference in Cheltenham, the 2015 conference aims to highlight the issues and potential solutions for rural affordable housing at the heart of Westminster. This was a fantastic opportunity to hear and debate some of the key problems and answers to the rural housing question.

Programme and Presentations:
10:00am - Introduction

- Peter Moore, Chair Rural Housing Alliance

10:05am - Setting the scene: Rural Proofing in 2015

- Lord Cameron of Dillington, Conference Chair

10:20am - The Facts: why does rural housing need to be targeted?

- Mark Shucksmith, Newcastle University
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10:40am - The Impacts: Real life stories

- Exmoor Young Voices

10:55am - The Issues for national policy

The Rural Housing Policy Review
- Margaret Clark, Hastoe Group
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The issues that got away - including right to buy and local connection
- Martin Collett, English Rural Housing Association
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Learning from rural areas
- Andy Lloyd, Cumbria Rural Housing Trust
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11:40am - Rural Housing - A Policy Perspective

- Gill Payne, Director Policy & External Affairs, National Housing Federation 
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11:55am - The Solutions: Panel discussion

Michael Buchanan, BBC Social Affairs correspondent

"In cash-strapped times, how can we afford to meet rural housing needs?"

- Gill Payne, National Housing Federation
- Sarah Davis, Chartered Institute of Housing
- Colin Molton, Homes and Communities Agency
- Senior civil servant, Department for Communities and Local Government (to be confirmed)
- Peter Moore, Rural Housing Alliance

12:40pm - Concluding remarks 

- Cecilia Motley, Chair Rural Services Network

12:45pm - Refreshments and networking

- Canapés and drinks will be available in the River Room

2:00pm - Conference close


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