Championing the South West's need for sufficient and sustainable homes for a successful regional economy
The South West Housing Initiative (SWHI) is unique in the UK – a partnership of the housing providers, housing and planning professions, employers, and employees in the seven counties of the South West, all geared to combating this region's housing crisis.
We strongly believe that, to maintain a vibrant and prosperous economy, those working in the region need to have an affordable home. For some years, we have had a housing crisis with not enough new homes being built, a growing affordability gap between average earnings and average house prices, and large number of under-used existing homes – including one of Britain's highest proportions of "second-homes".
So we work together to highlight the need to provide sufficient homes in sustainable communities as a key element in supporting the region's economy. We promote examples of best practice and are a source of advice and information for all those involved in providing or managing homes in the South West.
SWHI Plymouth Summit 2013
The latest in Summits organised by SWHI was in Plymouth and the City Council took the opportunity to launch their new Plan for Homes. >>
Could you be our next coordinator?
The South West Housing Initiative (SWHI) Board is seeking a Coordinator to take forward the SWHI’s programme of events and public affairs activity. The role is part-time and is at the heart of the SWHI. It involves working with CEOs and senior directors of house builders, housing associations and other professional bodies responsible for delivering housing, and in particular, affordable housing in the south west region. One of the flagship activities of the SWHI is its All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and its active relationships with local and central government.
South West Business News focuses on the housing crisis
The South West has Britain’s biggest housing crisis: the biggest affordability gap between average earnings & average house-prices, and the biggest gap between the number of homes needed and the number being built. This is crucial for South West employers – and for the region’s economy. South West Business News has interviewed the key-players to explore the problem – and the solutions.
You can provide the homes to house your young people
Local councils now have the responsibility to deliver the homes needed by their local communities, to retain their young people and the employees of their local employers. The SWHI can help: