ASELA enters into strategic place partnership with Homes England

The Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) and Homes England have entered into a Strategic Place Partnership (SPP), piloting a new model for partnership working between the government’s housing and regeneration agency and local authorities.

The partnership is one of just two so far established, the other being with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

The partnership between ASELA and Homes England aims to transform housing and regeneration in South Essex where there is a recognised need for, and commitment to, a programme of strategic and tactical interventions that would significantly increase delivery rates. The ambition is to embed outstanding place-making principles in every project so local communities can thrive and see a step change in employment and skills, life chances and health and wellbeing.

Cllr Chris Hossack, Chair of the Association of South Essex Local Authorities (ASELA) and Leader of Brentwood Borough Council, said: "We welcome the partnership with Homes England. It will support our vision for south Essex as a place where communities can thrive and where homes come hand in hand with new jobs and regeneration of our town centres and high streets."

Peter Denton, Chief Executive of Homes England, said: "This new model of partnership is our way of responding to the most ambitious places where there is significant opportunity and a need to partner more closely. Together, we can pool our resources to support place-based growth and regeneration, including the supply of well-designed new homes."