Homes England partnerships to drive ‘levelling up’

Partnerships with the private sector will form a key part of the UK government’s ‘levelling up’ programme, as the housing agency’s role will be expanded.

As the government prepares to publish its long-awaited Levelling Up White Paper this week, it has outlined some key details of the plans, including the anticipated role that Homes England will play.

“The regeneration programme will be spearheaded by the government’s housing delivery agency Homes England, which will be refocused and tasked to support the Levelling Up agenda,” the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities said.

“Homes England will partner with local leaders, the private sector and community groups to turbocharge regeneration and deliver new housing, health and education and leisure facilities, roads and railways.”

“Our expanded mandate will allow us to further support ambitious local leaders in delivering placemaking and regeneration alongside a wide range of public and private sector partners,” said Homes England chair Peter Freeman.

The government also announced that Wolverhampton and Sheffield will be the first of 20 places that will be supported to deliver ambitious regeneration projects as part of its Levelling Up Fund initiative.