7 November 2017
Newark and Sherwood’s innovative approach to meeting housing need has received national recognition this month after two leading figures secured spots on an industry list of ‘power hitters’.
Cllr Roger Blaney, leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council and Rebecca Rance, Newark and Sherwood Homes chief executive, were both selected by an expert panel to join 41 high-flyers on the list of ‘Who’s Who Local Authority Housing Development’ list compiled by Inside Housing.
The exclusive list highlights the professionals driving forward the development of new homes across Britain and is intended to promote discussion of their achievements.
Roger has acted as the political lead on the council in developing and adopting its own local plan, which anticipates 14,800 new homes in the district by 2026. Speaking of the list, Roger said: “The role of local authorities and their housing companies in meeting housing need is significant and shouldn’t be overlooked. In both an enabling role and in direct delivery of homes, the council and Newark and Sherwood Homes put the needs of residents central to our ambition and drive. I am delighted that we have been recognised as visionaries in securing solutions to meet housing need.’
Rebecca said: “It’s fantastic to be part of this list, which really highlights the work taking place across the country and the efforts of councils and their housing companies to deliver more homes.
This is a pivotal time, and we need to raise awareness of the issues and work with the government to find flexible and innovative solutions to ensure we deliver the homes our communities need.”
In partnership with and on behalf of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Rebecca is currently overseeing the delivery of Newark and Sherwood largest development programme of affordable homes in over 30 years. This will deliver 335 homes in five years, including 60 apartments providing homes with extra care services at Gladstone House.