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URS Scott Wilson, a global design and engineering consultancy for the built and natural environments,
and Celandine Strategic Housing developed an online toolkit for rural housing for the Homes and Communities Agency in May 2010.
The toolkit is designed to support local authorities in assessing the viability of rural affordable housing schemes and overcoming barriers to delivery.
A similar project completed for the NIHE in 2012, identified how delivery of rural homes could be maintained despite reductions in Social Housing Grant. Northern Ireland has a number of unique and demanding challenges which this project sought to address. Project outcomes identified innovative collaboration strategies between housing providers as well as key procedural barriers to be overcome.
Recommendations are currently being evaluated by the NIHE for potential implementation.
‘Cath’s work has been of a high standard and has helped to make the study outputs fit for purpose, in line with the tender and provide excellent value for money to the client. She has been integral to the success of the project and I would not hesitate in recommending her.’
Mark Phillips MRICS, Principal Regeneration Surveyor
‘Cath Stubbings and Mark Phillips developed insightful, practical recommendations to reduce the cost of building rural social housing in Northern Ireland. Cath’s strengths lie in her ability to assimilate and analyse issues, engage with stakeholders and apply knowledge to new situations. Her work has provided us with fresh ideas about delivering the Social Housing Development Programme and tackling housing stress in our rural communities. She was responsive to our needs and easy to work with. We have no hesitation in recommending her work.’
Joe Frey, Head of Research, NIHE
Scott Wilson Group plc is a global design and engineering consultancy for the built and natural environments.
Scott Wilson and Celandine Strategic Housing developed an online toolkit for the Homes and Communities Agency in May 2010. The toolkit is designed to support local authorities in assessing the viability of rural affordable housing schemes and overcoming barriers to delivery.
Cath’s work has been of a high standard and has helped to make the study outputs fit for purpose, in line with the tender and provide excellent value for money to the client.
Cath has been integral to the success of the project and I would not hesitate in recommending her.
Mark Phillips MRICS, Principal Regeneration Surveyor
The Retirement Housing Group (RHG) aims to increase housing choices for older people by advancing and promoting the case for retirement housing and its sustainability. Its members are involved in the planning, building, design, management and provision of advice on housing for sale and for rent for people of retirement age and over.
‘Celandine Strategic Housing, working jointly with Three Dragons, provides expert professional guidance, advice and housing modelling to facilitate successful delivery of the Group’s programmes. Its credibility in the housing sector, understanding of the links between housing, social care and planning and network of contacts have enabled RHG to deliver its aims, programme and two conferences on Housing Choice for Older People in the past two years.’
Vivien Aldred, Secretary, Retirement Housing Group
As a leading builder of retirement accommodation in the UK, McCarthy & Stone wanted to ensure that they were addressing the specific demographic needs in the areas where homes were being planned. Celandine Consulting and Three Dragons were initially commissioned to research and advise on housing need and supply for older people in Gloucestershire.
'Cath’s knowledge and skills have assisted in securing local authority recognition of the need for private sheltered housing as a key priority. She researched and presented our case effectively, linking awareness of our needs and local authority housing and social care issues. We are continuing to work with Cath and Three Dragons whose advice is enabling us to develop ideas for future products and services. I would have no hesitation at all in recommending Cath and Three Dragons to others as their attention to detail is first rate and their reputation in this field is highly regarded'
Peter Graham, The Planning Bureau and McCarthy and Stone
Catherine Stubbings and Kathleen Dunmore's successful conferences on behalf of the Retirement Housing Group - Housing Choice for Older People - introduced new research and good practice to encourage new ideas on meeting housing needs and aspirations in our ageing society. Our Leeds conference in October 2010 generated a submission to the Dilnot Review of funding for care. It highlighted the role that good housing plays in delaying the need for care and support and showed how helping people to release funds from their homes can ensure that scarce care funding targets those in greatest need.
Kathleen Dunmore and Lin Cousins, founders of Three Dragons, bring together specialist skills in town planning, economics and policy development. They have an established track record in research and policy development across all aspects of new housing provision and its role in the planning and development process.
Catherine is delighted to be working with the Centre for Housing and Support as an associate consultant, author, advisor/assessor and tutor. Her bulletin on good practice in setting professional boundaries is available to CHS members.
A recent consultancy project for CHS developed communication and resident engagement strategies for an almshouse in the South West. The client wished to involve residents more fully in the way their homes are managed and services delivered. Catherine Stubbings delivered a multiple stage programme to address these requirements. The outcome established a firmer financial base for the charity to continue its work and a positive relationship on which to build greater resident engagement.
Catherine is also an associate of CIH Consultancy and HQN.
Director David January is working with Celandine Strategic Housing and CIH on Rural Housing projects.
David has extensive experience of Strategic Housing, Development and Management, undertaking organisational and service reviews and implementing the outcomes. He works with a range of audiences: tenants, councillors, public and staff to deliver resident involvement, business planning, value for money and team building.
Drawing on expertise in strategy development and project and programme management, David is developing an Affordable Housing Strategy for an eco-village in the SE. He also has a special interest in HRA reforms and financing of affordable new build models.
Sue Terry set up Argon Associates, a Housing and Social Care consultancy, in 2008. Her special interests include older people's housing policy and development; promoting choice in homes for retirement in all sectors; the development of Extra Care schemes; service standards and customer satisfaction. Sue also provides interim management in housing and social care organisations. Argon Associates has national partnerships with Housing Learning and Improvement Network and HQN.