HCA chairman rally cry


Homes and Communities Agency chairman Sir Edward Lister gave a rally cry for house building on a visit to Manchester.

Surveying the city from the vantage point of Cloud 23 at the Hilton Hotel he told a gathering of the region’s developers: “We have the land, we have the money and we have the planning will. We now need you to play your part.

“Manchester and the North West region is doing great things to help deliver our target of new home numbers but we can still do more.”

He was in the city to bid farewell to head of area Deborah McLaughlin, who is leaving the HCA for a role in the private sector. The former chief executive of Manchester Place, she will also step down from her current role as vice-chair of the partnership.

Sir Edward said: “I have visited Manchester and the wider region five times since taking up my role in June and the pace of change is impressive. “

Danielle Gillespie, current Head of Strategy, Programme & Performance will pick up the head of area role until the results of the HCA review are known next year.

Greater Manchester has a devolved Housing Fund of £300m to help finance residential development across the region.

Advice on applying can be found here: http://manchesterplace.org.uk/funding

Details of the Government’s Home Building Fund can be found here: http://www.gov.uk/homebuildingfund