Who is behind the campaign?
Housing The Powerhouse is backed by a range of housebuilders, landowners and other interested parties. These businesses, many of them direct competitors, are taking the unprecedented step of working together to campaign for a more ambitious housing strategy for Greater Manchester.
The member organisations are:
- Home Builders Federation
- Barratt Homes
- Bloor Homes
- David Wilson Homes
- Gladman Developments
- HIMOR Group
- Jones Homes
- The Peel Group
- Bowsall Ltd
- The Strategic Land Group
- Lancet Homes
The campaign is supported by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and a range of industry and business groups.
What's the campaign about?
We’re asking Greater Manchester’s leaders to adopt an ambitious strategy to build more new homes in the region. This will give more young people the opportunity to get a foot on the housing ladder, provide more homes to rent, ensure there are enough family homes for a growing population and allow older people the opportunity to downsize.
Unless we plan for enough new homes in Greater Manchester, the city will struggle to attract and retain enough people to work in its thriving economy, threatening future growth and its status as the engine of the Northern Powerhouse. Failing to build enough new homes will also damage the local construction industry – one of the most important sectors for our region.
How can I support the campaign?
You can sign up to our campaign in just a few seconds. We’ll keep you up to speed with what we’re up to and how you can make a difference. You can also let us know your housing story...
- Are you trying to get on the housing ladder but struggling to find somewhere suitable?
- Are you on the social housing waiting list?
- Are you a local business struggling to find the right staff?
- We’d love to hear from you.
What happens next?
GMCA is developing its planning strategy and will be holding another round of consultation later in 2016. In the meantime we’ll be making the case to Greater Manchester’s leaders about the need to avert a London-style housing crisis.
Where is your evidence from?
Barton Willmore, one of the UK's leading independent planning consultancies, has produced a report outlining the risks of not developing enough new homes in Greater Manchester over the next 20 years. The report can be read here.
The Home Builders Federation has produced a report on the impact of housebuilding in the North West. Its report can be read here.
Many supporters of the Housing The Powerhouse campaign submitted responses to the consultation on the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework in 2014. A full list of all respondents can be found here.
Major opinion survey by leading pollster Ipsos MORI uncovers housing attitudes in Greater Manchester