About Us

About Social Value Housing

Social Value Housing Limited is an Investment Partner with Homes England. 

The Board and Management Team have come together from a complementary range of industries, our common aim being to drive forward the business and to deliver robust, effective and efficient housing provision, governance and viability.

Meet The Team

Delivering our Objectives:

We have set out our key objectives which are fully aligned with the environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria the majority of investors are now looking for. We will measure, benchmark and demonstrate our impact by adopting the Sustainability Reporting Standard for Social Housing (SRSSH). We have set out our objectives in more detail below, in line with the SRSSH below.

We have applied to become a “for-profit Registered Provider of Social Housing” (RP). RP status will provide the accreditation that unlocks investment opportunities and the co-regulation approach taken by the Regulator of Social Housing will help us demonstrate that we meet their Economic and Consumer standards, which in turn helps validate our approach to ESG.

Affordability and Security
(Theme 1)

Our mission is “to provide quality, truly affordable homes to those who need them the most”. Developing affordable housing is our core business:

  • We will build a minimum of 1,000 sustainable and affordable homes by 2032
  • We will build homes that are truly affordable to those whose needs are not met by the market:
    • Affordable to access: Our primary activity is building new affordable homes, offering products including Affordable Rent, Social Rent and Shared Ownership. We will use all resources available us to drive down the cost of delivery (including: our ability to access cheaper finance, Homes England grant, cross subsidy from market sales, using modern methods of construction and delivering value for money).
    • Affordable to run: We will aim for the highest possible energy performance standards.
  • Our ambition is more than ‘bricks and mortar’. We want to create communities where residents feel and secure.

Building Safety and Quality
(Theme 2)

We will ensure resident safety and building quality:

  • We will use the Building for a Healthy Life Design Code to create places that are better for people and nature.
  • We will build to at least 100% of the Nationally Described Space Standards.
  • We will build to the 10 Governments priorities for good design, as set out in the National Design Guide.
  • We aim to be 100% compliant with our legal obligations as a landlord around gas, electrical and fire safety.
  • We will maintain our homes to ensure they continue to meet the Decent Homes Standard.

Resident Voice
(Theme 3)

We will ensure our residents have a voice and feel empowered:

  • SVH welcomes feedback and will use the compliments and complaints it receives to shape future practice.
  • We will measure resident satisfaction of the products and services we offer.

We will enable the resident scrutiny through the development of resident boards / forums.

Resident Support
(Theme 4)

We want our tenants to thrive:

  • We will use local labour as far as possible.
  • We have partnered with the Big Help Group to ensure our residents are offered a range of services to enable them to increase their income and better manage their money.

Placemaking
(Theme 5)

We will create a well-designed, warm and safe home that meets the local needs and provides great places for people to live and enjoy their lives. Our starting point being the use of the Building for a Healthy Life design criteria.

Climate Change
(Theme 6)

We will ensure that the activities of SVH minimise the impact on climate change. Our strategy looks at where we are now and strategies for continuous improvement including use of modern methods of construction, renewable technologies and emissions data.

Ecology
(Theme 7)

We aim to protect the local environment and ecology by deploying robust procedures and policies surrounding local ecology, sourcing materials, waste management, managing pollutants, water management and biodiversity net gain.

Resource Management
(Theme 8)

We will ensure natural resources are used as sustainably as possible by responsibly sourcing materials, minimising the environmental impact of the materials used and waste produced. 

Structure and Governance
(Theme 9)

  • We have a strong and effective Governance and Assurance Framework in place which ensures effective arrangements are in place to deliver our aims, objectives and intended outcomes for customers in an effective, transparent and accountable manner, thereby contributing to the overall success of the business.
  • In developing this Governance framework, we adopted the Corporate Governance Guidance and Principles for Unlisted Companies in Europe as published by the European Confederation of Directors’ Associations (ecoDa). We have undertaken and will continue to undertake self-assessments against each of the 14 “Principles of Good Governance” and “Key Points” as set out in the ecoDa CGG.
  • We are an Investment Partner with Homes England.
  • We have applied to become a for-profit Registered Provider of Social Housing – accreditation is one of our key focuses. Whilst the board is the primary decision-making body of SVH and is collectively responsible for all aspects of SVH’s activities, RP status will offer the accreditation that unlocks investment opportunities and the co-regulation approach taken by the Regulator of Social Housing will help us demonstrate that we meet their Economic and Consumer standards, which in turn support our approach to ESG. 

Board and Trustees
(Theme 10)

  • The board has undertaken and will continue to undertake a self-assessment analysis of skills, knowledge and experience of Board members to identify any gaps and put plans in place to address any issues, i.e., to ensure the Board as individuals and collectively are able to deliver SVH mission, aims and objectives.

Staff Wellbeing
(Theme 11)

  • SVH will be a responsible employer, including providing a living wage and a respectful environment, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation. 

Supply Chain
(Theme 12)

  • We will procure responsibly, promoting practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.
  • We will only work with partners who share our values.