Local Investment Planning - a view of the future (Simon Nunn, Assistant Director, Region - NHF)


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On 10 November the Homes and Communities Agency and the National Housing Federation held an event, Learning the Lessons from the Local Investment Plans. Simon Nunn, the National Housing Federation’s Assistant Director (Regions) spoke about how his team had worked with members across the South West on the LIPs in their areas.

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Local Investment Planning - a view of the future (Simon Nunn, Assistant Director, Region - NHF)

  1. 1. Local Investment Planning Learning lessons and a view of the future 10 November 2011 Simon Nunn Assistant Director (regions)
  2. 2. About the FederationWe support and promote thework of housing associations andcampaign for better housing andneighbourhoods– Influencing government and other partners– Raising the profile of associations– Supporting training, networking, good practice– Listening to members– Offers and benefits
  3. 3. LIP leads network – theFederation’s approachNetwork of RP leads andshadow leads establishedin 2009– Consistent Criteria to choose between RPs– Overseen by Fed regional committee– Tasked with representing RPs within LIP process– Transparent channel of communication and engagement
  4. 4. LIP leads network research findings(June 2011)Survey of RPs and partners (72 responses)• 60% felt it had contributed to stronger engagement between RPs and LAs• 70% supported the continuation of this approach – though question marks over role of LIPs going forward – keen desire to see strengthened engagement between RPs and LAs on a range of issues• Action points around refreshing the LIP lead role profile and considering similar approach for LEPs
  5. 5. Strong RP and LA engagementaround LIPsKEY SUCCESS FACTORS:• Named RP contacts• LA open to involving RP partners• Strong HCA support for RP involvement• Strength of RP lead’s local contacts• Strong existing networks and forums (especially when coterminous with LIP area)• Seminars delivered in every LIP area to discuss introduction of AFP.
  6. 6. Strong RP and LA engagementaround LIPs SOME CHALLENGES: • Harder for RPs to engage when housing not leading the LIP process in LA’s • Political concerns about engaging developers in process • Concerns around competition between RPs & conflict interest • RPs seen as contractor not full partner • Cascading information to all interested parties • Managing expectations amongst non-lead RPs
  7. 7. Future of LIPs and RP/LAengagement• Strong RP/LA engagement key priority for Federation• Continuing with LIP leads and shadows approach – Updated role profile• Future role of LIPs – Reviews/updates of LIPs – Delivery of AHP, monitoring delivery of affordable housing? – Tenancy strategies – Influence on LEPs?
  8. 8. Federation support• Raise profile of housing with Cllrs – Publications, events• Ongoing support to RP LIP leads/shadows• Developing relationships and new structures – LEPs – H&WB boards
  9. 9. Any questions? Simon Nunn Assistant Director (regions) Simon.nunn@housing.org.uk 0117 929 7388