New Housing: Responding to Growth


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Houses with church at centreWe believe in building strong communities and bringing people together.

We want to influence public policy to encourage best practice in the planning of housing developments.

Our “Responding to Growth” network of planners, developers, church leaders and those involved in the construction industry meets three times a year on Zoom to discuss the latest policies and research in new housing and to apply that knowledge in their work.

We’d love for you to be part of that network and to join future meetings. Please email Katherine Clamp for more information.

Find out more about the Church of England’s work around housing at


Previous events

December 2023

Church Housing Foundation (formerly Responding to Growth Network): Social housing, building community

Our speakers were The Rt Revd Guli Francis-Dehqani, Bishop for Housing, Christine Hill, Homes England, Crystal Hicks, Church Housing Association and Robert Nettleton, Bromford Housing Association.

May 2023

Responding to Growth: Saving the world and energy policy

Our speakers were Louise Shooter who leads on low-carbon heating and energy efficiency policy for Energy UK and Simon Pugh-Jones, Architect with ASH Studios Ltd and Chair of Bristol Diocese’s DAC.

Download Louise’s slides here ->


July 2022

Responding to Growth: Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

We heard from The Rt Hon Stuart Andrew, MP, who was recently Housing Minister, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Please find the notes from the chat here –>

May 2022

The Coming Home Report: One Year On

With Bishop Guli, Archbishop Justin and Alan Smith, First Estates Commissioner.


May 2021

Coming Home Report: vision and Q&A

Feb 2021

Responding to Growth: Rural Housing

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity), Paul Miner, Head of Land Use and Planning at CPRE, the countryside charity, the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Robert Springett and the Revd Rowena King held an evening conference on rural housing.

Nov 2020

Responding to growth: planning for the future

Richard Blyth, Head of Policy Practice and Research at the Royal Town Planning Institute discusses the Government White Paper, Planning for the Future. The Rt Revd Graham Tomlin, Bishop of Kensington and Vice Chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Housing, Church and Community gives a theological reflection.



Sep 2020

Responding to growth: the challenge of new communities

Planners, developers and communities joined Gail Mayhew, who sat on the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission, Charlie Dugdale, Partner at Knight Frank, and the Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt Revd Robert Springett, to discuss the implications of the Living with Beauty report.