What House? New Homes Debate, in partnership with Countrywide, a phenomenal success

Land and New Homes

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The inaugural What House? New Homes Debate, in partnership with Countrywide, has successfully run to a full room of over 120 key housebuilders all keen to have their say over the future of the new build industry.

The event, which took place on 19th September at Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, brought together two panels of senior decision makers from leading lenders and surveyors such as RBS, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, Colleys, e.surv and Countrywide Surveying Services to openly debate the issues and shape the solutions around the market’s future growth.

Questions around down valuations were openly answered by the surveying panel, who stated that they were working together more than ever before to ensure consistency filters down to their teams on the ground. Similarly, major lenders were extremely positive about the new build market and alleviated housebuilders’ concerns over the future of Help to Buy and impending mortgage regulation.

The Keynote speech came in the form of Jack Lee, from the Department of Communities and Local Government, who presented the Government’s approach to the new build industry and took questions on why various local authorities’ approaches to planning differ so greatly, as well as the future of the Help to Buy scheme.

The panel discussions were chaired by What House? and Showhouse Editorial Director Rupert Bates, who worked in partnership with Countrywide Land & New Homes to deliver this unique event.

James Poynor Managing Director of Countrywide Land & New Homes said:

“The event was a phenomenal success. Countrywide was delighted to pull together two panels of senior decisions makers from the supply side of the new build market to answer housebuilder’s key questions.

“It was fantastic to see a packed room of delegates and I sincerely hope that they have gone away from the event with crucial lines of communication to the people who can really make a difference to their businesses.

 “The Debate was open and honest with the audience fully taking the opportunity to have their say on the various issues restricting their growth. We were thrilled to deliver such a unique discussion in the very heart of the country and look forward to next event.”


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