Chris Calvert Chairing Housing Debate At West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference

Sector: Residential

Group News

Location: Leeds

Pegasus Group is supporting Built Environment Network’s one day West Yorkshire Economic Growth Conference tomorrow, offering expert insight into the impact of housing development on economic growth.

We are Housing Session Partners and Executive Director Chris Calvert from the Leeds office will chair the session focusing on the role of housing in helping to deliver economic growth in the region.

Chris said: “The Government has set a target for 300,000 new homes to be built per year. The Yorkshire region has a major part to play in achieving that target, giving rise to many opportunities to ensure that the economic strategies put in place by Local Authorities and the LEP’s are realised.

“Plan making in the region is beginning to gather pace – but with a new twist, arising from the recent publication of the changes to the Governments NPPF and the standard methodology for calculating housing targets.”

The session will allow a group of like-minded business and public-sector leaders to look more closely at the ongoing and future residential and housing development plans for West Yorkshire with insights from five market leaders.

Topics to be covered will include:

• How to build in scale in all economic conditions and avoid the ‘stop start’ of recent years
• What is the solution to the need for more affordable housing and are developers really on side
• How to future proof new developments ensuring we are not building the ghettos of tomorrow
• Are Government targets realistic, and what are the consequences of not hitting those targets

Chris added: “What is evident is that all sectors of the housing industry will need to fire on all cylinders over a prolonged period if West Yorkshire’s housing targets are to be met and the region is to meet its economic growth aspirations, retain a talented, skilled and growing workforce, and meet existing demographic and affordable housing needs.

“Development opportunities and land will need to be made available for the large national housebuilders, SMEs, elderly home providers, Registered Landlords, and a range of other developers, including those backed by funds and institutions.”

You can visit Chris and some of our Leeds team at stand 8 in New Dock Hall tomorrow.

For more information about Pegasus Group and its services, please contact us.

The following team members for Pegasus will be attending the event.


Chris Calvert -Executive Director - Planning

T: 01132 878 201


Nigel Cussen -Senior Director - Planning

T: 0113 287 8203


Richard Cook -Director - Economics

T: 0161 393 4535