Housing consortium JV North has appointed specialist support to help members navigate the multitude of challenges facing affordable homebuilding. Jayne Lomas has a wealth of experience in social housing having worked with Birmingham City Council, Great Places Housing Group and Homes England.
The appointment comes after JV North commissioned a comprehensive review into some of the biggest challenges delivering new homes. These include responding to the Building Safety Act, striving for net zero and making carbon reductions, planning for forthcoming changes to Building Regulations, and delivering modular housing at scale while improving efficiency, quality of design and standards.
Lomas said: “I am looking forward to working with JV North in what is a challenging time for the sector with a real drive for change and increased performance, but one that I know the consortium is already addressing. I’m hoping that together we can make a real difference.”
JV North chairman, Wayne Gales, said: “Jayne’s appointment will bring significant expertise and added value to the consortium at what is a crucial time whereby there are a lot of policy revisions being made and new challenges to embrace while the need to address the housing crisis continues unabated. The consortium warmly welcomed the proposal and the role will see Jayne working closely with our Development Group and Board giving us expert guidance in relation to several key issues facing the sector’s homebuilding work.
“All our members are facing the same challenges and tackling them together gives us a wider pool of intelligence to draw on so we are always keen to hear from likeminded housing associations and local authorities who are looking to build high quality homes and address the housing crisis.”
JV North members include Bury Council, Johnnie Johnson Housing, One Manchester, Peaks & Plains Housing Trust, Muir Group, Plus Dane Housing, Sovini, Stockport Homes, Torus, Trafford Housing Trust, Weaver Vale Housing Trust and Wythenshawe Community Housing Group. In August 2021, JV North launched its £560 million homebuilding framework that will help members build in the region of 4,000 homes by 2025.