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HCA's delivery panel speeds up procurement

Procurement of new homes is being speeded up by the Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA) Delivery Partner Panel 2 (DPP2), which has already enabled speedy procurement of 12,500 homes.Some 20,000 homes were procured through the HCA's first delivery partner panel. The new panel builds on the success of the former scheme, providing a simple, speedy and Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU)-compliant procurement route for public sector organisations to appoint a developer or contractor.The DPP2 is available free of charge to local authorities, registered providers and other public sector bodies. It can be used to procure affordable homes for sale and rental, as well as mixed-use developments.Deborah Vogwell, the HCA's frameworks manager, said: "We are really excited with the progress that has been made through DPP2, in particular the way the panel offers an effective means for public sector land owners to work efficiently and proactively with private sector developers to increase development of homes on surplus public sector land."Members of the DPP2 include leading house builders and contractors with a proven track record of delivering residential-led development. Access to an OJEU-compliant panel of housing developers makes the procurement process more efficient.Stephen Teagle, director of Affordable Housing & Regeneration at Galliford Try, which is one of the panel's members, praised its efficiency, saying it enabled projects to be delivered much more quickly than conventional methods of procurement.The DPP2 is set to run until March 2017. A ten-year build-out period will follow this for schemes procured through the panel.Overall, the HCA expects £2 billion of housing development to be procured through the DPP2. Development secured in such a way is quicker because it can be delivered via a mini-competition rather than a full OJEU tender.Soft market testing and early stage viability advice are available through the DPP2. This ensures development opportunities offered to the panel are fully considered, viable and well-resolved. 

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