As 2016 draws to a close there will be many things we will reflect upon – significant political developments both nationally and internationally, a recognition that housing should be seen as part of the nation’s infrastructure needs, the planned creation of a separate regulator for the social housing sector, changes to the Housing & Planning Act and many many more.
One of the highlights of the year for me has been the work of the Commission for Housing in the North and I’d like to thank those members who have supported the Commission. You have all given your time and expertise to help shape what I hope is a powerful voice for the North and the springboard for us to secure the right framework to deliver the right homes in the right places. I was pleased that the residential offer element of the Northern Powerhouse Strategy echoed the work of the Commission in so many ways.
It was not just the outputs of the Commission that I valued so much but also the way in which it represented how the NHC can and will be working. At its heart was the NHC acting to connect members which each other and with new partners or stakeholders. The Commission has also demonstrated the value that we can drive by ensuring we are close to our members, engaged with you across all aspects of your businesses.
I am looking forward to continuing this approach in 2017 and we have reshaped the way in which we work to ensure we can be in the best place to support you in achieving your aspirations.
On behalf of everyone at the NHC I wish you a Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017.