New Housing: Responding to Growth

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

July 2022

Responding to Growth: Levelling Up, Housing and Communities with The Rt Hon Stuart Andrew, MP, who was, until earlier this week, Housing Minister, Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Please find the notes from the chat here –>

The Coming Home Report: One Year On

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

May 2022


Coming Home Report: vision and Q&A

May 2021

Responding to Growth: Rural Housing

Feb 2021

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.

Responding to growth: planning for the future

Nov 2020

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.




Responding to growth: the challenge of new communities

Sep 2020

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.