The New Decent Homes Standard

Updated: Aug 15, 2021

Our webinar yesterday centred around Jonathan discussing the current Decent Homes Standards and giving a broad glimpse on how the new standard is shaping up focussing on 3 key areas:

  1. Holistic properties

  2. Carbon neutrality

  3. Green space

Devonshires Solicitors Partner Lee Russell commented extensively on the legal challenges around green space and how local authorities along with registered providers will need to work together alongside the private sector to achieve such goals.

One of the key pressures providers face is the balance of investment in new homes and existing stock, a question asset Director of LiveWest Nathan Cronk tackled head on by targeting smart regeneration schemes which could serve both new and existing stock. Some excellent participation from the audience took us deeper into the nuances.


Jonathon Walters - The Regulator

Having previously been at Ernst and Young and in working in social housing consultancy, Jonathan has been at the Regulator since 2004. He has worked across the organisation and has extensive experience in dealing with funders, government and Registered Providers.

Nathan Cronk - Livewest

Nathan has worked in affordable housing since 1998, having previously worked for DCH before the merger with Knightstone to form LiveWest, Raglan Housing Association and Fosseway Housing Association (now part of Bromford Group). He started his career at Knightstone Housing Association. As LiveWest's Director of Asset Management, overseeing a property portfolio of over 38,000 homes.

Andrew Markham - Shelton Development Services

Andrew’s experience lies in both the affordable and private housing sectors. His expertise focuses on financial viability and project management – ideal for today’s challenges in planning and building developments, making the most of available funding and cross-subsidy opportunities.

Lee Russell - Devonshires

Lee advises on all aspects of housing management and property litigation, regularly advising private organisations, land owners, developers, investors, charities, local authorities and some of the largest providers of social housing in the United Kingdom.

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