Stuart Woodward - Retired
Stuart holds an honours degree in Surveying with considerable experience of affordable housing development at a local and strategic level. Formerly Assistant Director of Development at a major housing association, Stuart was responsible for initiating, co-ordinating and managing delivery of a significant development programme through a wide range of urban regeneration and development projects.
Since forming Levvel in 1998, Stuart focussed the team’s efforts on innovative private sector methods of efficiently and effectively delivering a full range of affordable housing products. In addition, Stuart has sought to utilise the team’s unique skills mix and experience in seeking consistency and transparency in national, regional and local housing and planning policy throughout the UK. Stuart has overseen the affordable housing negotiations for the delivery of over 40,000 affordable homes throughout the UK, including some of the largest regeneration schemes in Europe. He has also coordinated the response to the Governments ECO Town initiatives on behalf of three major developers.
Internationally, Stuart has worked on a project to deliver a world class housing strategy for a major city in the Middle East, establishing a housing and affordable housing policy in this rapidly growing economy. Stuart has spoken at international conferences in North America, Asia and Europe. Levvel were invited to be the RICS India’s International Knowledge Partner at their Affordable Housing Conference in Delhi, ‘Practical Solutions for Delivery of Affordable Housing’ which lead to a paper of recommendations for the implementation of affordable housing programmes across India, which was presented to Government. Stuart was also invited to attend a Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN workshop on ‘Implementing Responsible Governance of Tenure’. The aim of the workshop was to develop voluntary guidelines on responsible governance of tenure of land and other natural resources, and Stuart presented information on international affordable housing programmes.
Levvel Limited - A History
Levvel Limited is a leading multi-disciplinary UK-based housing consultancy, specialising in the planning and delivery of low to middle income housing since 1998. We have been responsible for the planning and delivery of over 40,000 affordable housing homes across the UK.
Levvel has extensive experience in housing research and economic viability assessments including district-wide viability studies and assessments of the deliverability of housing and planning policy. We have an excellent reputation in delivering outcomes that are innovative and robust and are currently advising on high profile developments across the UK.
For over a decade we have led planning negotiations on some of the largest regeneration projects in Europe and are now utilising our knowledge of international best practice to:
• Formulate workable planning policies
• Establish enduring housing strategies
• Analyse housing needs and market demand
• Assess housing viability and funding
We help governments and developers at national regional and local level to deliver sale and rental housing programmes.
Levvel is unique in that we focus on practical solutions. We think differently and find innovative solutions to maximise the delivery of housing. From a housing, planning and project management perspective, we ensure our clients can provide the balanced communities they seek.
We negotiate and help deliver both affordable and market housing on behalf of both the public and private sectors. We have wide experience of the development of both large scale strategic housing and mixed use developments and also smaller scale individual housing schemes, employing consultants with a range of academic and professional qualifications in land use planning, business management, building surveying, architecture, social policy and housing management, development and finance.
Levvel has the benefit of staff who are chartered members and fellows of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Chartered Institute of Housing. Current and completed projects range in size from small retirement apartment blocks to some of the largest housing and regeneration developments in Europe, including Stratford (Olympic) City (4,500 homes), Brent Cross (8,000 homes) and Ebbsfleet (12,000 homes).
Increasingly, the public sector is turning to Levvel for advice. Over the past two years, we have undertaken 18 large scale projects to assess the impact of current and a range of potential future, economic conditions on the delivery of housing. These are used to inform strategic policy decisions regarding the delivery of market and affordable housing taking on board community and significant infrastructure requirements.
Our experience in developing policy and putting it into practice is a key skill set we offer our clients. We add real and immediate value to all of the projects in which we are involved. As such we have made representations at local and regional level on emerging housing and planning policy issues. These have helped to shape local, regional and national policy.
On the delivery side, we analyse the viability of projects, identify suitable affordable tenures and match these to the identified housing need, bring together alternative public and private funding streams.
2016 - Levvel is now solely focussing on international work, working with government bodies and developers in reviewing large house building programmes, including affordable, low and middle income housing.