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Housing & Regeneration eNews

June 2014

Welcome to Forbes' Housing and Regeneration eNewsletter

Our aim is to keep you updated on housing sector news and legal developments. We'll also throw in some updates on Forbes and keep you a breast of our latest seminars, conferences and un-missable practical Guides on a range of housing and regeneration issues.

The Forbes Housing and Regeneration team

Meet the Forbes' Housing & Regeneration Team at CIH 2014

The Forbes' Housing and Regeneration Team will be at The Chartered Institute of Housing Exhibition in Manchester from Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th June.

Join us on stand F3 (to the right of the main entrance) and test your speed on our Scalextric track to be in with a chance of winning a fantastic prize.

There will be the opportunity to catch up with all the team and meet recent additions including Lucy Worrall, Partner and Head of Housing & Regeneration (Property) and Sarah Rogers and Justine Hunkins who have both joined the Housing Litigation department.

Partnership Working for Development Teams - The Issues and Pitfalls

Last minute places are available at this weeks 'Partnership Working for Development Teams - The Issues and Pitfalls' seminar. Please click here to book your place.


  • Land inclusive and back to back deals - a RP's guide
    • Lucy Worrall, Partner and Head of Housing and Regeneration (Property), Forbes Solicitors
  • Tax Issues when working in partnership
    • Angela Cross, Tax Director and Jim Gempton, Director of VAT, BDO LLP
  • Regulatory risk management for development schemes
    • Daniel Milnes, Partner and Head of Business Law, Forbes Solicitors

Registration is from 9am for a 9.30am start and the seminar will conclude at around 11.45am.

The seminar will be held at BDO LLP, 3 Hardman St, Manchester, M3 3AT.

Enhanced Possession Powers for Social Landlords

From 13th May two new discretionary grounds for possession, which were introduced by the Anti Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, are available for use by social landlords.

The new provisions have been inserted as grounds 14(aa) and 14ZA in the Housing Act 1988 which relates to assured tenancies; and as grounds 2(aa) and 2ZA in the Housing Act 1985 which relates to secure tenancies.

The first new discretionary ground… to read the full article please click here.

The diversification debate is set to continue…

With reports last week of Peabody Trust, a 152 year old Social Landlord based in London, launching a £500 million scheme to sell 1,000 properties on outright sale to generate funds for new social housing, the diversification debate is set to continue for some time.  The launch is part of an up and coming diversification strategy which is likely to be  employed by many social landlords to generate a profit on private and shared ownership sales, then use the profit made to allow the development of new affordable housing.  More than one third of housing associations are now expected to rapidly increase development after 2015 funded by new sources of finance and income from commercial activity.

As an example, Peabody plan… to read the full article please click here.

Association of Women in Property North West Annual Dinner

Amidst balloons and champagne bubbles, Forbes' Housing and Regeneration Partner Lucy Worrall welcomed over 180 guests to the Association of Women in Property North West branch's annual dinner.

The event, which had been sold out since February, was held at the Midland Hotel in central Manchester on 9 May.

Compere Paul Newman, Director of Communications at Peel Holdings hosted the evening and welcomed speaker Deborah McLaughlin, Executive Director North West, Homes and Communities Agency who gave an inspiring speech on numbers of women in the sector.

The evening saw… to read the full article please click here.

Forbes' Help to Buy Guide for RPs

Are you a RP considering registering with the HCA to provide Help to Buy funding on new build properties?

There are a number of issues and practicalities that RPs should be aware of; the requirements regarding a RP's consumer credit licence and requisite time limits on plot sales involving Help to Buy to mention but two.

At Forbes, we are producing a helpful Guide on the issues, to register for a copy please contact Lucy Worrall, Partner and Head of Housing and Regeneration (Property) -

Diversify or die? Developing Affordable Housing after 2018.

23rd September 2014, 9am until 4pm. Village Hotel, Waterfold Business Park, Rochdale Road, Bury, BL9 7DB.

With HCA funding for development of affordable homes expected to disappear in 2018, Registered Providers need to act now.  Implementing new revenue streams, within the HCA regulatory framework, will ensure Registered Providers are in the strongest possible situation before the funding ends.

The Forbes’ Housing & Regeneration Team invite you to attend their conference which will provide practical advice and information to support Registered Providers through this period of change and cuts to funding.

The conference will feature a keynote speaker from the HCA.

To register your interest contact Catherine Furniss on 01254 222305 or email

Alternatively you can register online here.

The conference will cost £45 + VAT including lunch. Book 3 places and receive the 4th free of charge.

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