RESI 2011 conference welcomes speech from Eric Pickles MP

Fugu PR is enjoying the debate and press office action at the RESI conference  in Newport.

Housing and property leaders have gathered here today at the annual RESI conference, where Eric Pickles MP spoke this morning to the housebuilding and residential property community. Core to his keynote speech was the localism agenda and his support of sustainable development. The main message was, in his words: “We want Britain building again.”

When asked about the controversy surrounding the government’s proposals and the reaction from the media, he said: “Localism is here to stay.”

Key leaders in banking, investment and property, as well as those from local authorities, policy and development are attending the two-day conference in Newport, to discuss how the key issues facing the residential property sector.

Timing of the conference comes as house prices hit a two year low, according to the latest report from the Chartered Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Research from a recent RESI survey also suggests that an estimated 3 million people and a third of homeowners are delaying moving because of job instability and a lack of suitable homes.

Today’s presence of Eric Pickles at RESI has confirmed the government’s ongoing support of the localism agenda and that he wants to work “with the market; not against the market.”

With the full localism and green bills yet to be announced, only time will tell how this political storm will conclude.

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