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Social Housing Providers don’t deserve their ‘uncaring’ reputation


Social landlords don't deserve their uncaring reputation - in our experience, they are doing a great job.

The government has recently asked Housing Minister, Alok Sharma to start a fresh discussion on social housing and what needs to change. In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, much has been said and written about social housing providers – largely negative – with the main argument being they build sub-standard housing and don’t care about their tenants.

Notion Developments has recently started exploring the social housing market and as a result have been meeting with social housing providers and their representatives in the North West.  We have, without exception, been bowled over by the commitment and passion demonstrated by everyone we have met.

Social housing providers quite rightly demand that developers like Notion share the same commitment to constructing well designed, quality built homes in areas where people want to live.  Indeed, many social housing providers seem to be leading the way when it comes to innovation in energy efficiency, safety and design.

These landlords don’t just build physical homes but they also try to build communities for their residents – from gardening clubs to financial advice, from neighbourhood watch schemes to community clean ups – and they are trying to provide these additional services with less and less money.

We only have to look at the social housing providers in our local area – Salix Homes, Contour Homes and Great Places to find examples of these community initiatives and, of course, great homes.

Notion Developments is determined to work with social housing providers – we want to be part of this committed community and we want to play some small part in making the areas where we live, work and recreate, places that we can all feel proud of.

Whatever the discussion on social housing brings, we believe the prevailing views about uncaring social landlords should be one of the first things that needs attention.

Last modified on Thursday, 07 September 2017 12:52