We work locally in individual communities to help meet local priorities.
We invest mostly in building new homes, but also in creating employment floorspace and other community facilities, in cities, towns and villages across the country. The homes we fund include affordable homes for rent and sale, and homes for rent or sale at market prices. Our investment helps build around half of all new homes built in England each year. It also helps increase local growth by creating jobs and supporting businesses.
We own public land, which we sell to house builders and others. This is one of the ways in which we overcome barriers to development and help increase the speed with which house builders can build new homes.
Who we are
We are the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government’s non-departmental public body.
Around 600 people work at Homes England offices across England.
From 11 January 2018, when the Homes and Communities Agency adopted the new trading name Homes England, its regulation directorate, which undertakes the functions of the Regulation Committee, refers to itself as the Regulator of Social Housing. Until legislation is enacted, Homes England and the Regulator of Social Housing continue to be constituted as one body – the Homes and Communities Agency – but operate with two distinct corporate identities.
We’re responsible for:
- increasing the number of new homes that are built in England, including affordable homes and homes for market, sale or rent
- improving existing affordable homes and bringing empty homes back into use as affordable housing
- increasing the supply of public land and speeding up the rate that it can be built on
- helping to stimulate local economic growth by using our land and investment, and attracting private sector investment in local areas.
Our priorities can be read in full in our corporate plan.
- invest over £4 billion in building new homes, helping around 70,000 families and individuals to own or rent their own home
- sell land that will be suitable for building around 6,000 more homes in the future
- build over 315,000 square metres of new business floorspace
- bring over 450 hectares of derelict land back into use for local people
- make sure our organisation continues to develop so we are ready to respond to the things government asks us to do in the future.