Vanguard Network

For Local Authorities

About the Network

Following a successful two-year Vanguard Campaign, the Good Homes Alliance has formed a new Local Authority Vanguard membership network. One of the main aims of the network is to share resources and conduct further research to facilitate local authorities (LAs) and LAs with new housing delivery arms in adopting enhanced sustainability, quality, health and performance standards for new housing developments.

A number of significant events have further bolstered the need for this research and resource, most importantly the 2018 IPCC Climate Change report, proposed UK Government targets for zero carbon and ‘Future Homes’ standards and over 250 local authorities having declared climate and/or ecological emergencies

Net Zero Planning Policy Hub

Local Authorities can, and are, setting higher sustainability standards in their planning policies. This new resource sets out some practical steps for the adoption and implementation of progressive policies, including leading edge case studies, timeline and actions, and resources. 

This resource hub has been created and is managed by the Good Homes Alliance, with the support of consultants and GHA members, Bioregional and Etude, alongside GHA partners Passivhaus Trust and Town and Country Planning Association.

Network Members

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
Brighton and Hove City Council
Cornwall Council
Enfield Council
Essex County Council
Gravesham Borough Council
North West Leicestershire District Council
Oxford City Council
Somerset Council
South Cambridgeshire District Council
Southampton City Council
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Warwick District Council
Wiltshire Council
Winchester City Council

Membership benefits

In addition to Standard membership benefits, Vanguard (local authorities), Pathfinder (housing associations/RSLs), Net Zero Developer Network (private sector developers) and Pioneer (BPE network) members benefit from:

  • Quarterly network members’ meetings to share learning and best practice
  • Discussions on common issues and barriers. GHA will help facilitate and develop collaborative solutions where possible
  • Influence and help scope new guidance/research and further development of a library of resources on the GHA Knowledge Base. Examples include:
  • Advocacy and representation of the network to Government departments and industry bodies such as the Future Homes Hub, TCPA and UKGBC
  • Regular press and PR, highlighting achievements of the networks and its members
  • Develop specifications, Employer’s Requirements, SPDs and model planning policies for new housing (subject to further funding)
  • Facilitated partnerships and introductions to members of GHA’s networks and wider membership which includes architects, consultants, product manufacturers, academia and more

Members Map


Case studies and exemplar site visits

A series of exemplar case studies and a programme of site visits to share learning and best practice.

Resource library/ knowledge base

A virtual library of best practice resources and examples to aid the development of sustainable housing policy and projects.

New research and guidance

Member-led research and new guidance development including building performance evaluation studies.

Meetings and workshops

Vanguard network members’ only meetings plus free or discounted tickets to our core events and conferences

Get Involved

Local authority membership

Share best practice and learning with your peers by joining our local authority Vanguard network. Open to local authorities and LA housing delivery arms.

Vanguard Network member – £1,200

Fee is for 1 year membership and exclusive of VAT.

Network sponsorship

Help support the development of the network and interact with local authorities at the forefront of sustainable development by becoming a network supporter, sponsor or partner.

Network supporter – £2,500

Network sponsor – £5,000

Network partner – £10,000

All fees are for 1 year sponsorship and exclusive of VAT.

Vanguard Campaign

Before launching the Vanguard Network, we led a two-year Vanguard Campaign in order to encourage and support local authorities and developers to adopt enhanced sustainability standards for new homes and to help them respond to Climate Emergency declarations.

During the campaign we ran a series of regional events across the country (Cambridge, Leeds, Exeter, London, Cardiff) to over 200 public and private-sector developers.

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