THE GOVERNMENT WHITE PAPER ‘FIXING OUR BROKEN HOUSING MARKET’ SETS OUT HOW THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO BOOST HOUSING SUPPLY AND ENCOURAGE A HOUSING MARKET WHICH SUPPORTS WIDER ECONOMIC PROSPERITY. THE WHITE PAPER NOTES THAT WE NEED BETWEEN 225,000 AND 275,000 OR MORE NEW HOMES PER YEAR TO KEEP UP WITH POPULATION GROWTH AND START TO TACKLE YEARS OF UNDER-SUPPLY.
In some quarters, critical social infrastructure – including education provision – has historically been treated as an afterthought or a necessary distraction to securing a bigger prize. Section 106 negotiations have left the task of knitting together a community in the hands of a disparate group of stakeholders. This has led to a lack of coordination and, we argue, has also led to many missed opportunities to improve the lives of children, young people and communities as a whole.
Times are beginning to change. We are currently working with a range of small and large organisations to set high-quality education at the heart of new developments. Being involved in the planning from the very start of a project allows us to add value, not only to the educational aspects but also across other areas such as capacity and resource planning, consultation, marketing and wider aspects of the social infrastructure.
We’re helping answer questions such as:
- What does the development require in terms of education?
- What is the likely demographic profile of the community within the new development?
- What opportunities exist to collaborate with the existing education estate?
- What are the demands of the local labour market?
- What are the best approaches to bring about new education provision and hard-wire its success?
Our clients recognise the social, reputational and commercial gains that can be made by taking a different approach to master planning an area. Putting education in the vanguard of a new development is the right thing to do – it also happens to be good business.
To find out more, contact Tom Legge or Charlotte Pearce Cornish on 0345 459 7600 or contact us here.