Welsh affordable housing review gets independent oversight

Panel will examine the approach the ground-breaking review is taking and recommend changes as it sees fit.

An independent panel is to oversee the review of affordable housing supply in Wales.

Rebecca Evans, Welsh Assembly/ Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru minister for housing and regeneration said the panel, working under an independent chair, will examine the approach the review was taking and recommend changes as it sees fit.

Evans confirmed the commission of the review in April, with the panel expected to report back by April next year.

The Welsh Government has a longstanding commitment to increasing the supply of affordable homes and a target of building 20,000 new affordable homes over the course of the current assembly.

“But I want to lay the ground work for the prospect of setting even more stretching targets in the future, in response to a range of housing needs.

“I also want Welsh Government to continue to create a climate which drives innovation and improvements in terms of design, quality and energy efficiency,” Evans said.

Lynn Pamment, Cardiff office senior partner at PwC, will chair the panel.

The other members are:

  • Dr Peter Williams – Academic attached to the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge and an independent consultant on housing and mortgage markets and housing policy
  • Helen Collins – Savills, head of housing consultancy
  • Professor Kevin Morgan – professor of governance and development and dean of engagement for Cardiff University
  • Dr Roisin Willmott OBE FRTPI – director for the Royal Town Planning Institute in Wales (RTPI Cymru)
  • Phil Jenkins – managing director, Centrus.

“I am pleased that we have been able to assemble a panel which offers such a strong cross-section of skills and expertise across the breath of the areas being considered by the review.

“The members bring real insight into housing supply issues and solutions both in Wales and other parts of the UK.

“The panel also offers a deep understanding of the impact the housing sector has on the wider Welsh economy and of innovative methods of achieving even greater impact,” Evans said.

Within the remit of the review is extensive engagement with all organisations currently involved in the delivery of affordable housing in Wales.

Evans offers a further statement once the panel has met and the terms of the wide reaching consultation that will be undertaken by the review become clear.

“The review will ensure we get the best value for money from our investments and have housing policies fit for the future, which support many more people in Wales to access the affordable housing they need,” she said.