Argent co-founder named new chair of Homes England

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Peter Freeman, co-founder of property developer Argent, has been confirmed as the new chair of Homes England

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed Peter Freeman as the new chair of Homes England, the government’s housing delivery agency.

The 3-year appointment follows a hearing by the housing, communities and local government select committee on 12 October, after which they endorsed Freeman’s suitability for the role.

Peter Freeman is co-founder of Argent and is well known as one of the visionaries behind the revival of King’s Cross, as well as major developments in Birmingham and Manchester.

He has a track record of planning and delivering the regeneration of local areas and creating places that are socially and economically vibrant.

As chair, Peter Freeman will lead the on-going transformation of Homes England into a commercially focused organisation that works with the public, private and voluntary sector to deliver much homes and infrastructure across the country.

He will help to deliver the secretary of state’s vision for housing, driving the delivery of new homes and infrastructure to support economic recovery and ensure everyone has access to a secure and affordable place to call home.

‘Providing land, investment and expertise’

Robert Jenrick said: “As the visionary behind the revival of King’s 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 the best person 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 are the norm – all as part of creating communities that people want to be a part of.”

Peter Freeman commented: “Homes England has a vital role to play in improving the lives of all those affected by the housing crisis by providing land, investment and expertise to accelerate housebuilding.

“I will be working closely with government and the housing sector to deliver on their promise to provide homes that support successful communities and allow all to experience a better quality of life.

“Based on my own experience, I strongly believe that we can deliver the necessary quantity, quality and variety of housing that is needed, while creating home where people can enjoy a real sense of belonging to vibrant communities.”

Nick Walkley, chief executive of Homes England, added: “I am delighted to welcome Peter Freeman as the new Chair of Homes England at such an important time for the housing sector.

“I know that everyone here will be energised by the knowledge and experience that he brings.

“I would also like to thank our interim chair, Simon Dudley, who has steered the agency for a year so ably during very challenging times, and I am grateful that he is continuing as the senior independent director on our board.”

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