Cllr Gavin White Julia Hatmaker Sandy Livingstone

Cllr Gavin White, Manchester City Council, and Sandy Livingstone, Onward Homes joined Julia Hatmaker

PODCAST | Homes of the future: how do we build sustainable communities?

Inclusive, affordable, sustainable – these are all buzzwords surrounding the country’s ambitions for the future. But if that’s truly the future we want, how will we get there? Onward Homes’ Sandy Livingstone and Manchester City Council Cllr Gavin White discuss how we can make these utopian visions a reality.

Livingstone is the executive director of Onward, a housing association responsible for 35,000 homes in the North West. White is Manchester City Council’s executive member for housing and development. Together they were able to bring a social housing provider and local authority perspective on the factors hindering us from achieving net zero and affordable goals and how these obstacles can be overcome.

On this latest Place podcast episode, the two were joined by Place North West editor Julia Hatmaker who chaired a discussion that covered everything from retrofit and brownfield land development to social value.

Listen to the podcast at the top of this page to hear Livingstone and White’s insights into how we develop the homes of the future.

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