Orr inspiring: David Orr’s remedy for the housing crisis

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Affordable housing guru talks about chairing for-profit provider ReSI, the problems with planning and his frustration at a lack of a national housing strategy

For anyone involved in the housing association sector over the past two decades there has arguably been no bigger figure than David Orr.

Seen as a firebrand when he took over as chief executive of the National Housing Federation (NHF) in 2005, Orr later played a leading role as registered providers coped with grant funding cuts of 40% under the Cameron government, urging them to think creatively about accessing new forms of finance and leveraging their balance sheets to plug the gap and continue to develop homes.

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