Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced Peter Freeman as the government’s chosen candidate for the role of chair of Homes England.
As chair, Freeman will transform how Homes England – the government’s housing delivery body – operates, driving the delivery of homes and infrastructure projects across England to support economic recovery and help protect 2.3m construction jobs.
Freeman, one of the most distinguished figures in the industry, is known for his renowned work to regenerate Kings Cross, with a track record of planning and delivering much-needed revival of local areas and creating imaginative economic centres and places where people want to visit and live.
Working with developers of all sizes supporting emerging, innovative ways to build, such as modern methods of construction (MMC), he will spearhead Homes England’s support for a more diverse and efficient housebuilding industry.
Homes England will also support the government to lay the foundations to deliver more homes in the future by working in partnership with local areas, offering expert support to councils for more ambitious plans to get more homes built, and ensure supporting infrastructure is in place.
The decision to appoint Peter Freeman is subject to a pre-appointment scrutiny committee hearing with the Housing, Communities and Local Government (HCLG) Select Committee in October.
Should he be successful, Freeman will serve a three-year term in the role.
Kings Cross ‘visionary’
Commenting on the nomination, Jenrick said: “As the visionary behind the revival of Kings Cross, Peter has a track record of world-class regeneration, and it is this along with his drive to create places people want to live that makes him a superb candidate to support our ambitious housing agenda.
“We will work closely on our shared goal to deliver more homes of high-quality design and environmental standards, with green spaces and new parks close at hand and tree-lined streets the norm – all as part of creating communities that people want to be a part of.”
Freeman said: “Homes England has a vital role to play in improving the lives of all those affected by the housing crisis.
“If appointed, and working closely with government, I believe we can, and must, deliver on the promise to provide homes to allow all to experience a better quality of life.
“The key is not only in building the necessary quantity, quality, and variety of housing, but in creating homes where people can enjoy a real sense of belonging to vibrant communities.”
Peter Freeman is also the co-founder and a non-executive director of Argent Group and chair of Mayfield Market Towns Ltd.
His previous roles include:
- Publisher of Freeman Guide to the Property Market
- Non-executive director of Land Securities property company
- Non-executive director of MEPC property company
- Chair of property industry steering group ‘Investment Property Forum’
- Chair of Judging Panel for Home of 2030 competition
- Awarded CBE in recognition of his services to housing and communities
- Principle author of industry report ‘Housing Sprint’
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