Development Challenges and Solutions – Fit for the new normal

DATE: 24th March 2021

LOCATION: Birmingham


Clearly, the beginning of 2021 has been difficult across the construction sector, whilst the Government continues to encourage the sector to carry on building, the release of new variants of Covid has continued to cause problems.


Securing materials and labour has also been a greater challenge with covid and Brexit. A quarter of all construction materials come from overseas and 60% of these come from the EU. This is even higher when it comes to materials such as sawn woods and boards – 90% come from the EU. Furthermore, 8% of construction workers in the country come from the EU. In London, 1 in every 4 construction workers is from the EU. These workers will now need visas, which could increase worker shortages and drive-up labour costs.

All while working through requirements and costs associated with new building safety legislation and finely balanced Housing Revenue Accounts and the decarbonisation agenda. The promise in the Social Housing White Paper to review the Decent Homes Standard is also likely to be significant for council and housing associations, whose stocks is generally older.


  • How to respond to the challenge of developing with little or no grant funding
  • What innovative development models are available to the housing sector
  • How to deliver efficient & effective solutions
  • How working in partnership can drive savings
  • Best practice from a practitioners perspective.


Development strategists who are thinking to stay abreast of topics relating to development from site finding to sales. This varied topic seminar is designed to pick up on current hot themes running through strategic and tactical development decision making.


Delegates can expect to understand the approaches being adopted to land acquisition in the public and private sectors. We will present a number of creative solutions to respond to the climate emergency and the emerging learning from the Covid-19 pandemic as well as how to help balance the books through outright sales.


  • Chris Seeley – ARK
  • Peter Callaghan- Clarion Land Director
  • Paresh Laxham- Homes England
  • Angela Wheeler- ARK
  • Sarah Davey- CHIC
  • Ian Foden – BM3
  • Catherine Jarrett- Bromford.

Additional speakers to be confirmed.


Delegate spaces are 295 + VAT