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CCHPR projects fall under the following broad topics. Please click on a topic for a list of relevant projects.

Cross Tenure Costs Comparison

Affordable Rents assessment for Cambridge City
This research was undertaken in order to provide an assessment of affordability of housing association and local authority rents when they are pegged at given ratios of prevailing market rents within Cambridge City and the housing sub-market.
Market-pegged rents in the social sector
This project examined the affordability of rents set as percentages of open-market prices, as proposed in the HCA's Affordable Rents Framework. The project reviewed the literature on affordability, and looked at data on recent trends in new lettings in the social sector.
Comparison of stock, rents and service charges among different types of social landlords
This project draws comparisons of stock, rents and service charges between four different types of social landlord; Traditional mixed funded Registered Social Landlords (RSLs); RSLs who have taken over local authority stock via Large Scale Voluntary Transfer; Local authorities (retention LAs); and Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs).
Affordability in the housing association sector
This project looks at the affordability in the housing associating (HA) sector. It also compares the position of HA tenants with those in the private rented and owner-occupier sector.
Assessing the impact on annual public spending of higher density housing in London
This project was commissioned by East Thames Housing Group to investigate the relationship between: increasing housing densities, dwelling mix and built form, and the incidence of service charges; the affordability of service charges to tenants and LCHO purchasers; whether particular service charges are associated with changes in built form and whether these can be linked to predictable ‘break points’ in housing density, to produce a ‘typology’ or archetypes for planning and financial feasibility purposes.
Comparative analysis of private and social sectors’ rates of return 2007-2009
These papers compare the findings on RSL sector and the private rented sector to provide a clear picture of the extent to which rent and rate of return differentials vary by area, type, etc.
Estimating rates of return on social sector rents
This paper analyses the relationship between social sector rents and house prices in order to examine the viability of the sector. Rents are the only form of return available to the social sector landlord (unlike in the private sector where capital gains are relevant).
Estimating rates of return on private sector rents: 1996/97 to 2005/06
This paper analyses the relationship between private sector rents and house prices in order to examine the viability of the sector in that rents are the only form of return available to the private sector landlord.
Comparing the costs of owner occupation with RSL rents: A geographical analysis
This study examines changes in house prices, RSL rents and the comparative costs of low cost home ownership and RSL renting over the decade 1989/90 to 1998/99.
Guide to local rents 2001-2010
Producing a guide to local rents was a Dataspring project funded by the Tenant Services Authority, for which outputs were published from 2001 until 2010. Parts I, II and III together provided the data to undertake comparisons of rents geographically for all three rented sectors (local authority, housing association and private rented), between individual housing associations and between individual local authorities.

Homelessness

FileThe Prevalence of Rough Sleeping and Sofa Surfing Amongst Young People in the UK
This article was published in Social Inclusion (ISSN: 2183–2803) 2016, Volume 4, Issue 4. It presents findings from an online survey of young people which found that rates of sofa surfing and rough sleeping among young people were much higher than previously thought. Twenty-six percent of young people (aged 16–25) had slept rough at some point in their life and 35 percent had ‘sofa surfed’ (stayed with friends or family on their floor or sofa because they had nowhere else to go).
Feasibility study of the prospect of developing a viable housing model for those entitled only to access the shared accommodation rate
Community Housing Cymru and the Welsh Local Government Association have commissioned CCHPR to undertake a study into viable housing models for single people only entitled to the housing benefit shared accommodation rate.
Poverty, evictions and forced moves
This project was awarded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and supported by Shelter, in order to understand the causes of landlord evictions and of forced moves, where tenants feel compelled to move home for reasons such as affordability, security or to move away from particular locations. The final report was published in July 2017.
Estimating the scale of youth homelessness in the UK
Centrepoint, the youth homeless charity, commissioned CCHPR calculate up to date estimates of the number of young people experiencing homelessness in the UK during a year.
The role of the private rented sector in preventing homelessness: identifying good practice and the impact of policy change
The Oak Foundation commissioned research into private rented sector access schemes that focuses on good practice as demonstrated through Oak funded projects. The research also looked more broadly at other successful practices and models. The intention was to share good practice from Oak funded schemes and others; to provide practical advice to existing schemes in order to respond to recent welfare policy changes; and demonstrate the potential for private renting schemes to meet specific housing needs.
Mapping the number of extra housing units needed for young people
Centrepoint, the youth homeless charity, commissioned CCHPR to carry out some work looking at the requirement for emergency homeless accommodation, supporting housing units, social housing and private rented housing with the use of Housing Benefit across England with a specific focus on the requirements for those aged 16-25.
Forty years of working with the homeless in Cambridge: Cambridge Cyrenians 1970-2010
A book on the 40 year history of Cambridge Cyrenians was published in 2010. The book traces the history of the Cyrenians’ work with the homeless in Cambridge from their origins in the late 1960s to the current day.
Evaluation of Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers
This project evaluated the implementation, operation and success of the Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers programmes. These aimed to develop innovative approaches to delivering housing services, extending to wider client groups and linking housing advice to wider advice about a range of issues. This work was lead by CCHPR, with involvement from Birmingham University (Centre for Urban and Regional Analysis) and Shared Intelligence.
Domestic violence - assistance for adults without dependant children
Communities and Local Government have commissioned Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to carry out research on housing support for people at risk of domestic violence.
Valuing success: A case study of Emmaus Village Carlton
CCHPR updated the evaluation methodology and evidence on the success of the Emmaus approach, this time using Emmaus Village Carlton as a case study. The project’s aim was to determine the cost effectiveness of the Emmaus Village Carlton Community including the economic value of their outputs and outcomes to their participants, the local communities within which they operate and to society and the economy at large.
Preventing homelessness: Efficiencies in lettings functions in LA and RSL stock
This project was commissioned by the Tenant Services Authority as one of a group of projects developing key themes of the Corporation’s ‘Tackling Homelessness Strategy’, published in December 2006. The project is intended to inform one of the key areas that underpin the Corporation’s approach to preventing and tackling homelessness, by analysing and promoting existing good practice among social landlords in their lettings functions at regional, sub-regional and local levels. It focuses on the use made by local authorities of nominations to RSLs, and the use of nominations to re-house households that are homeless and in priority need, for whom local authorities have a statutory duty to secure housing.
The Impact of a pan-London choice based lettings scheme on homelessness and temporary accommodation
The Association of London Government commissioned a short research project in order to understand the possible implications of a Pan-London CBL scheme for the management of homelessness and temporary accommodation. The key objective of the project was to understand how the offer of different proportions of available lettings for inter-borough moves might impact on the ability of individual boroughs to meet their statutory responsibilities for homeless households, and how this might impact on homeless households themselves.
An assessment of the role of Foyers in housing association provision
This research provided a systematic analysis of the national position in terms of numbers, their geographical and size distribution, information on both capital and revenue funding, clarification of the client groups and how clients come forward and are accepted, staffing, range of services provided, turnover and vacancies, rent determination and impact on employment/training opportunities, the expected impacts of Supporting People on the range and viability of clients, outputs in terms of move-on arrangements, qualifications, jobs attained, and qualitative evidence on client satisfaction.

Housing and Older People

Downsizing and moving in later life - new build housing or existing stock?
This research explores why older households move in later life and why they choose either new build housing or existing stock. It considers what the house building sector can learn from their experience.
Evaluation of support services in Kingston Royal Eye Clinic
The Thomas Pocklington Trust undertook a pilot scheme to provide support to people attending the Royal Eye Clinic at Kingston hospital. The main purpose of this evaluation was to enable lessons to be learned from the pilot, to ensure that others can benefit from its experiences.
Managing money better: Evaluation
The Managing Money Better (MMB) project has been evaluated in order to analyse the outcomes for vulnerable older people using the service. The project aimed to reach more vulnerable older people, particularly by providing money advice as a key element of housing and care options advice and support.
Analysing the experience of vulnerable groups with hearing loss in Cambridgeshire
The first phase of the research identified several gaps in knowledge about particular groups within the D/deaf community and also identified gaps in services in Cambridgeshire. The second phase of the research therefore concentrated on these three issues: (1) Rural isolation amongst people with hearing loss; (2) Older people in care homes; (3) Advocacy services.
Value for money assessment of Lincolnshire Home Improvement Agency's housing options service
CCHPR was commissioned to undertake a simple value for money assessment of Linconshire's Home Improvement Agency's Housing Options advice service, to use in informing future funding for the service. Funding for the service has been provided by Lincolnshire County Council and FirstStop. CCHPR is conducting the evaluation of the national FirstStop information and advice service for older people.
Early support for sight loss in Essex: Evaluation
The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to evaluate the Visionary Development Fund’s project: Early Support in Essex. This project aimed to improve referral to services for elderly people with sight loss in Essex.
Evaluation of Stourbridge lighting intervention
The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to undertake an evaluation of lighting interventions on quality of life and specifically on its impact on reduction of falls amongst recipients based on a case study of a scheme in Stourbridge.
Evaluation of new lighting intervention schemes being undertaken by benevolent trusts
The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to undertake an evaluation of lighting interventions on quality of life and specifically on its impact on reduction of falls amongst recipients.
Dementia and sight loss: Developing social care practice in different housing settings
This project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research sought to develop best practice in social care and support for people with dementia and sight loss in a range of housing settings. The research was led by York University and CCHPR lead the element of the study on the costs of care in different settings.
Housing wealth and wellbeing: understanding who uses housing equity release products and the impact they have on older people’s lives - scoping study
The UK population is ageing, placing pressure on housing, health and social care services. Most older people own their homes outright and prefer to remain in the same home as they age, which often requires financial investment, e.g. to pay for home adaptations and care. One way to meet these costs is to release equity from the home. This can be done by moving house, but it can also be done without moving by using equity release products. However, this is a practice about which we know very little.
The role of the planning system in delivering housing choice for older Londoners
This project is looking into the housing needs of older people in London for the Greater London Authority. It is being commissioned as a ‘think piece’ looking specifically at the role of the planning system in helping to ensure that older Londoners have a genuine choice of homes that they can afford and which meet their requirements for different sizes and types of dwelling in the highest quality environments.
Cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations
This project involved conducting a cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations for the Thomas Pocklington Trust, a charity providing housing, care and support for people with sight loss in the UK. The output compares the costs of lighting adaptations to estimates of the costs of falls by elderly people resulting from poor lighting.
Older people’s views of service provision in Cambridge
This project is a collaboration between CCHPR, the Department of Geography and the Office of External Affairs and Communications at the University of Cambridge. A study is being conducted on behalf of the Cambridge Older Peoples Reference Group (COPRG) to explore older people’s views of services in the Cambridge area. It is part of an undergraduate research methods course in the Department of Geography. Students will be taught research methods before being supported to conduct the research themselves. This innovative project links academic teaching, research and the local community.
Evaluation of the FirstStop information and advice initiative
The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research evaluated the FirstStop service information and advice service for older people for six years between 2009 and 2015.
Housing association rents and service charges for supported housing and housing for older people
Average housing association rents and service charges for the combined categories, supported housing and housing for older people , by local authority area were collected by the Housing Corporation for the first time in 2005. This project looked in detail at these figures.
Supported housing and housing for older people
The evaluation of the changes relating to Sheltered and Supported Housing will take place from September 2005 to the end of January 2006. The first stage will be a quantitative analysis clarifying whether the changes are as expected and therefore whether what has been asked for is what has been reported. This is particularly important in relation to the time series data. In the second stage, any evidence of significant differences will the analysed through interviews with relevant HAs. Depending on the problems encountered there will be a third stage involving a series of interviews with associations where major changes in categorisation have occurred and those who have experienced little change – to assess whether the new definitions reflect real differences; how demands vary between categories of housing; and housing association attitudes to the definitions now they have been operationalized.

Housing and Poverty

CCHPR begin work on an evaluation of the New Horizons Project
The New Horizons Project works with people in Cambridgeshire and West Norfolk to help them move closer to the job market. They do this in a number of different ways: by helping people feel more confident and in control of their money, by helping them get online and by giving them the tools to be able to look for work.
Building Better Opportunities: New Horizons
CCHPR has been commissioned to evaluate the New Horizons programme. New Horizons combines elements of financial inclusion, digital inclusion and employability delivered by employees hosted delivered from hubs in Peterborough, Wisbech, Kings Lynn and Cambridge with rural outreach.
Consultancy input into Evaluation of the JRF’s Housing and Poverty Programme
Anna Clarke is working with Cambridge Policy Consultants as an advisor on their evaluation of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Housing and Poverty Programme.
Poverty, evictions and forced moves
This project was awarded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and supported by Shelter, in order to understand the causes of landlord evictions and of forced moves, where tenants feel compelled to move home for reasons such as affordability, security or to move away from particular locations. The final report was published in July 2017.
Understanding the likely poverty impacts of the extension of Right to Buy to housing association tenants
This short piece of research, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation aims to better understand likely poverty impacts of the extension of Right to Buy to housing associations and the associated sale of higher value local authority stock.
The role of housing and housing providers in tackling poverty experienced by young people in the UK
CCHPR was awarded funding for this work from the ESRC as part of their What Works in Tackling Poverty programme. The ESRC funded four new research projects that aimed to advance understanding of effective strategies for tackling poverty. This project explored the role of housing and housing providers in tackling poverty experienced by young people in the UK.
Poverty focused review of housing organisations’ strategic and business plans
The Joseph Rowntree foundation commissioned CCHPR to carry out a poverty-focussed review of housing organisations’ strategic and business plans. With input from Savills, this project exploreed where poverty fits within the strategies, policies and business plans of local authorities, housing associations and private landlords. It involved detailed analysis of business plans, housing and organisational strategies, annual reports, tenancy strategies, allocations and lettings policies and other relevant strategies.
Building social capital through community timebanking: an evaluation of the Cambridgeshire timebanking project
TTimebanking is an exchange system in which time is the principal currency. For every hour participants ‘deposit’ in a timebank they are able to ‘withdraw’ an hour of support when they are in need. This research evaluated the development of a timebanking project in Cambridgeshire by Cambridgeshire County Council and the CHS Group.
Poverty, evictions and forced moves
Deprivation and community need in Suffolk
This project sought to assemble a coherent evidence place on where deprivation is experienced in Suffolk, how it is concentrated and where it may be hard to identify. It built on an assumption that deprivation can be material, physical or social and may be obscured by being concentrated in certain places or among certain groups of population. It may also arise from a combination of personal and place characteristics.
Economic and housing market downturn and potential impact on renters and rented sectors
This is an ‘expert panel’ study for CLG looking at the impact of the economic and housing market downturn on the rented sector of the housing market.
Evaluation of Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers
This project evaluated the implementation, operation and success of the Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers programmes. These aimed to develop innovative approaches to delivering housing services, extending to wider client groups and linking housing advice to wider advice about a range of issues. This work was lead by CCHPR, with involvement from Birmingham University (Centre for Urban and Regional Analysis) and Shared Intelligence.
The ward penalty in Birmingham
The Barrow Cadbury Trust approached Land Economy and CCHPR to conduct an investigation into the relationships between race, place and poverty in Birmingham. The study begins from the observation that many of the highly deprived parts of the city, particularly the inner urban areas, are also those with large minority ethnic populations.
The Working Neighbourhoods Fund scoping study
The Working Neighbourhoods Fund was established by Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions in 2008. Replacing the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, it directs funding to 65 local authorities to help them tackle concentrations of worklessness. A team from the Department of Land Economy, under the direction of Prof Peter Tyler and including several members of CCHPR, is leading the scoping study and interim evaluation of the Working Neighbourhoods Fund. CCHPR provided expertise for an online survey and qualitative fieldwork with districts in receipt of funding. Other elements of the whole research programme were carried out by Cambridge Econometrics and EDuce consultancy.
The Poor Pay More
This research, published by the energy consumer watchdog, examined the limits of competitive markets in the provision of essential services to low-income consumers.
Building Better Opportuities - New Horizons
CCHPR has been commissioned to evaluate the New Horizons programme. New Horizons combines elements of financial inclusion, digital inclusion and employability delivered by employees hosted delivered from hubs in Peterborough, Wisbech, Kings Lynn and Cambridge with rural outreach.

Housing Association Sector

Using household income data at micro-level to aid social housing providers’ decisions on affordable rents levels, ‘pay-to-stay’ and other market-based policies
This project aimed to increase the usage of our recent research to develop an optimal method to estimate household income distributions at the very local level.
Understanding the likely poverty impacts of the extension of Right to Buy to housing association tenants
This short piece of research, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation aims to better understand likely poverty impacts of the extension of Right to Buy to housing associations and the associated sale of higher value local authority stock.
Estimated net income distribution of working households by household type and locality
This project estimated working households’ net income distributions at local authority level. 'Net income' was defined as income excluding income-related benefits – most notably, Housing Benefit.
Prospects for investment in social housing
The project investigates whether institutional investors can be attracted to expand the social housing sector in the UK. It also examines how the needs of institutional investors and social housing providers can be better aligned by drawing on experience in other countries.
Analysis of available data on affordable housing investment
Using existing data sources, the purpose of this project was to provide a strong evidence base to show what the current provision of affordable housing built over the last 20 years looks like in terms of location, type of housing and size, and whether it is significantly different compared with past provision. The aim was to demonstrate what has been achieved in terms of investment in affordable housing, and to link this with tenant satisfaction.
Housing association service charges for general needs housing
This project examined how service charges applied to general needs stock by housing associations varied between different property types and sizes, and between types of association.
Time series data on the housing association sector
The research team at Dataspring constructed two linked relational databases with which longitudinal analysis of this rich data source can be carried out. This can be used to both historically to provide evidence of trends and to promote forward-looking scenario planning for the future of the sector.
The role of housing associations in the intermediate market
This study investigates the extent to which housing associations (HAs) are involved in the provision of homes on the intermediate market and the form of that provision.
The National Register of Social housing: Lessons Learned Phase II
This research focuses on housing association that submitted data once or sporadically since November 2005. The aim is to find out the reasons associations do not submit data to the National Register of Social Housing on a regular basis and what can be done to ease the process. This follows Phase I of the research which focused on housing assocaitions that did submit data on a regular basis.
Housing association sector trends
The housing association sector trends project brought together 15 years of data from the Regulatory and Statistical Return, the annual census of housing associations registered with the Tenants Services Authority to form a cohesive relational database. This gives added value to the data as it can be used for time series analysis to determine trends in the housing association sector and relate these to changes in policy, finance and regulation. Such data is also useful for scenario planning for future directions.
The wider role of housing associations
Housing associations are increasingly seen as having a role beyond the provision of social rented housing. Many own and/or manage non-social housing stock as well as being involved in non-housing activities. This project aimed to provide a picture of the extent to which associations were involved in these activities.
Affordable housing in London: Mobility and locational aspirations: Evidence from the London Household Survey 2002: Dataspring Discussion Paper 8
This discussion paper forms part of a broader project detailing moving aspirations of London’s social housing tenants.
Defining the size of the housing association sector
This project grew out of the need to review the definitions used to calculate the size of the housing association sector.
Target rents 2004-2011
This series of papers looked at rent restructuring and housing association movement towards target rents during the period 2004 to 2011.
The growing importance of group structure arrangements in the housing association sector in England
This briefing paper reviews the nature and complexity of HA group structures and their activities in terms of what was learnt about their operational realities, their impact on the current statistical profile of the sector and the implications of this for the TSA (then Housing Corporation) in any review of their approach to groups.
Housing association stock managed pending transfer into ownership
This report used Regulatory and Statistical Return (RSR) data for 2002 to provide some base data on the number of housing associations and units involved in this type of stock management. It broke data down between types and sizes of association to examine which associations were most involved in this type of stock management.
Multiplication and division: the distribution of stock between landlords in the housing association sector
This Sector Study builds on the earlier report 'Sector Study 10: The spatial distribution of general needs housing associations and their stock'. This report uses the same measures of concentration to compare distribution of all social housing stock between social landlords within local authorities. It therefore provides a measure of the effect of large scale voluntary transfer on HAs and tenants in transfer LAs in terms of stock distribution and choice.
Adapt and survive: Housing associations' response to changes in housing policy at the beginning of the new century
Using data from the Regulatory Statistical Return (RSR) and on the profile of new tenants from CORE, this paper examines recent changes in the Housing Association sector and interprets these in the light of changing emphases in government housing policy.
Definitions of ownership. Phase IV: The Group RSR
Fourth phase of the research: focused on housing association group structures and developing an overarching Group RSR.
The impact of the large scale voluntary transfer of local authority housing stock on the housing association sector
This Sector Study examines the growth and spread of Large Scale Voluntary Transfer (LSVT) associations, their effect on the housing association stock profile at district level, the changes in vacancy rates associated with the transfer of stock needing renovation and the difference in tenant profiles of LSVT and non-LSVT associations.
The profile of the housing association sector 2002-2010
This study was a Dataspring project funded by the Tenant Services Authority, for which outputs were published from 2002 until 2010. Publications consisted of sets of data tables and technical papers outlining housing association stockholdings and changes within the sector over the year.
The spatial distribution of general needs housing associations and their stock
This Sector Study examines the distribution of RSLs and their stock at the local authority level. It finds some areas where the fragmented distribution of stock between many HAs could inhibit efficient local provision, while in other areas the domination of local provision by one or two associations could diminish tenant choice, another important factor in current housing policy.
Definitions of Ownership Phase III: The Shadow RSR
The third Definitions of Ownership project operationalised the recommended changes and put the form out for trial .
Registered social landlords and changes in rent
This was the third annual analysis of registered social landlords' performance in limiting rent increases. It was also the first in the series of Sector Studies (Research and Good Practice).

Housing, Health and Disability

Housing, Health and Disability
Evaluation of support services in Kingston Royal Eye Clinic
The Thomas Pocklington Trust undertook a pilot scheme to provide support to people attending the Royal Eye Clinic at Kingston hospital. The main purpose of this evaluation was to enable lessons to be learned from the pilot, to ensure that others can benefit from its experiences.
Evaluation of Visual Impairment Parliament in Kingston
The Thomas Pocklington Trust established a ‘Visual Impairment Parliament’ for people in Kingston living with Sight Loss. This research evaluated the process of setting up the parliament.
Sight loss is not life loss: Evaluation
The Sight Loss is not Life Loss project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It aims to help people with sight loss to achieve greater independence, to reduce social isolation and to have greater access to information, advice, support and specialist equipment. The aim of the proposed research is to provide an evaluation of the Sight Loss is not Life Loss project with a focus on achievement of outputs, outcomes and client satisfaction.
Analysing the experience of vulnerable groups with hearing loss in Cambridgeshire
The first phase of the research identified several gaps in knowledge about particular groups within the D/deaf community and also identified gaps in services in Cambridgeshire. The second phase of the research therefore concentrated on these three issues: (1) Rural isolation amongst people with hearing loss; (2) Older people in care homes; (3) Advocacy services.
Service use by Cambridgeshire deaf communities
This scoping study was undertaken as a tool for the D/deaf partnership to better understand its constituency, with a particular view to making an input into the revised Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.
Early support for sight loss in Essex: Evaluation
The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to evaluate the Visionary Development Fund’s project: Early Support in Essex. This project aimed to improve referral to services for elderly people with sight loss in Essex.
Evaluation of Stourbridge lighting intervention
The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to undertake an evaluation of lighting interventions on quality of life and specifically on its impact on reduction of falls amongst recipients based on a case study of a scheme in Stourbridge.
Evaluation of new lighting intervention schemes being undertaken by benevolent trusts
The Pocklington Trust commissioned CCHPR to undertake an evaluation of lighting interventions on quality of life and specifically on its impact on reduction of falls amongst recipients.
Dementia and sight loss: Developing social care practice in different housing settings
This project, funded by the National Institute for Health Research sought to develop best practice in social care and support for people with dementia and sight loss in a range of housing settings. The research was led by York University and CCHPR lead the element of the study on the costs of care in different settings.
Cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations
This project involved conducting a cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations for the Thomas Pocklington Trust, a charity providing housing, care and support for people with sight loss in the UK. The output compares the costs of lighting adaptations to estimates of the costs of falls by elderly people resulting from poor lighting.

Housing Market Analysis

Provision of expert advice on UK Housing Statistics
CCHPR is providing expert advice to the Regulatory Arm of the UK Statistics Authority in its review of Housing Statistics.
The impacts of family support on access to homeownership for young people in the UK
The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) commissioned CCHPR to undertake research that focused on the relationship between parental background and young people’s access to homeownership. This research formed part of SMC’s role as an advocate for social mobility in the UK, and informed the 2016 State of the Nation report to Parliament.
Using household income data at micro-level to aid social housing providers’ decisions on affordable rents levels, ‘pay-to-stay’ and other market-based policies
This project aimed to increase the usage of our recent research to develop an optimal method to estimate household income distributions at the very local level.
Refining the recent release of the ONS ‘Travel-To-Work Areas’ for housing planning purposes
This project objective was to refine the ONS Travel-To-Work Areas for Cambridge to make them more appropriate for housing planning purposes.
Estimated net income distribution of working households by household type and locality
This project estimated working households’ net income distributions at local authority level. 'Net income' was defined as income excluding income-related benefits – most notably, Housing Benefit.
Validation of an objectively assessed housing need for West Oxfordshire Council
West Oxfordshire Council commissioned CCHPR to validate projections of housing need in the selected local authority areas up to 2031, which was set out the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA).
An economic and spatial analysis of the future development of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire
This work aims to assess: (1) The current economic profile of Wisbech; (2) The likely future economic role of Wisbech under different scenarios; (3) The sectors most likely to have potential for future employment growth and; (4) Make broad recommendations for future economic and spatial strategies to 2020.
Housing markets in the Channel Islands
This overview of housing markets and their economic context in the Channel Islands, based upon secondary data, was commissioned by One Savings Bank.
International review of land supply and planning systems
The JRF Housing Market Taskforce has identified land supply as a key reason contributing to housing market volatility and problems of housing affordability in the UK. This desk based research aims to assess which policy approaches to land supply and land markets are most likely to work in the English context.
Market Intelligence toolkit for Orbit Housing Group
This project involved tightly focused research to critically assess the market intelligence that Orbit needed to develop in support of effective decision making over future decades in terms of asset management, investment and potential expansion.
Economic and social impacts of housing
The Scottish Government commissioned CCHPR to write a literature review on the subject of the social and economic impact of housing.
The operation and dynamics of the housing market and the form and nature of regulation of the surveying profession
The RICS have commissioned this work from CCHPR to investigate in a detailed manner and make recommendations for action on some of the issues involved in the recent global financial turmoil and the linkages with the real estate profession.
Economic and housing market downturn and potential impact on renters and rented sectors
This is an ‘expert panel’ study for CLG looking at the impact of the economic and housing market downturn on the rented sector of the housing market.
Regional and sub-regional analyses: Residential mobility of social tenants and those entering Low Cost Home Ownershipin the north of England
This study concentrates on four aspects of household mobility in the northern regions:The results reflect a generally immobile sector across all regions in the north with very little systematic pattern in terms of the mobility that does occur.
Residential mobility of social tenants and households entering Low Cost Home Ownership (LCHO): A comparison of London and the Northern Regions
This report compares the residential mobility of social tenants and households entering LCHO in London with mobility in the northern regions of England.
Secondary Analysis of Housing Market Data
This short project using secondary data to analyse the role of the social sector in different kinds of housing market was part of a suite of secondary projects commissioned by JRF to inform their thinking about housing markets. The results were presented to the JRF at a special event in York.
Brighton and Hove Housing Research
This short piece of work was conducted for Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority to help them to think imaginatively about housing as a barrier to further economic development and how to overcome this. Focus group discussions were held with employees of major companies and a brainstorming session involved key local stakeholders.

Housing Need and Demographics

The growing trend towards multigenerational living
The NHBC Foundation have released their report 'Multigenerational living - an opportunity for house builders?'
Assessment of Student Housing Demand and Supply for Cambridge City Council and Oxford City Council
Cambridge City Council and Oxford City Council commissioned this study to inform planning policy with regard to the provision of student accommodation, and its impact upon housing need, within the two cities.
The impacts of family support on access to homeownership for young people in the UK
The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) commissioned CCHPR to undertake research that focused on the relationship between parental background and young people’s access to homeownership. This research formed part of SMC’s role as an advocate for social mobility in the UK, and informed the 2016 State of the Nation report to Parliament.
Housing Need and Demographics
Using household income data at micro-level to aid social housing providers’ decisions on affordable rents levels, ‘pay-to-stay’ and other market-based policies
This project aimed to increase the usage of our recent research to develop an optimal method to estimate household income distributions at the very local level.
Refining the recent release of the ONS ‘Travel-To-Work Areas’ for housing planning purposes
This project objective was to refine the ONS Travel-To-Work Areas for Cambridge to make them more appropriate for housing planning purposes.
Multi generational living: potential opportunities for the house building sector?
This research for the NHBC Foundation analysed the scale and nature of multi generational living in England and explored the opportunities that this presents to the house building sector.
Estimated net income distribution of working households by household type and locality
This project estimated working households’ net income distributions at local authority level. 'Net income' was defined as income excluding income-related benefits – most notably, Housing Benefit.
Identifying housing need in the horseracing industry
In order to inform its investment plans and future housing strategy Racing Homes wanted to ascertain the level of housing need currently experienced within the horse racing industry and, in particular, where they have existing housing stock. The aim of this research was to establish the degree and nature of current unmet need for affordable housing among racing staff and to make recommendations as to how that need may best be met.
Housing need and demand in Wales
The objective of this project was to use new data to revise and update the modelling of need and demand undertaken by CCHPR for the Welsh Government in 2010. The key research question is what is the housing ‘need’ in Wales and how is it expected to evolve in the coming years.
Understanding recent changes in household formation rates and their implications for planning for housing
This project will assist those producing local plans to understand what has happened recently and, in the light of that, make an informed judgement about the assumptions they should make for their plan period.
Housing in transition: Understanding the dynamics of tenure change
This short project explores patterns of tenure by household type, income group and region in England using data from the Survey of English Housing and English Housing Survey and then develops a forecast of how tenure trends might develop over the period to 2025. It builds on existing work undertaken by Oxford Economics for the National Housing Federation.
Mapping the number of extra housing units needed for young people
Centrepoint, the youth homeless charity, commissioned CCHPR to carry out some work looking at the requirement for emergency homeless accommodation, supporting housing units, social housing and private rented housing with the use of Housing Benefit across England with a specific focus on the requirements for those aged 16-25.
Providing the evidence base for housing needs assessments
This short project for Shelter seeks to explore the appetite of both representatives from the housing supply sector and local planning authorities for additional guidance in the current policy context. In particular PPS3 still requires an evidence base for affordable housing targets yet overall housing targets have been abolished along with the regional bodies. The work comprises telephone interviews with the major stakeholders, an email survey of local planning authorities and a round table discussion on how to take the work forward. The outputs will be a short report plus worked up costs of the different options proposed at the round table.
Under-utilisation of the housing stock: Eight local case studies
Shelter commissioned CCHPR to undertake eight local authority case studies into under-utilisation of the existing housing stock. The research looked at empty properties, second homes and under-occupation.
Under-occupation in North Hertfordshire
CCHPR were commissioned to carry out a study of under-occupation amongst social housing tenants in North Herts. The study included a survey of tenants as well as analysis of other data sources.
Housing transformation in Jersey
This consultancy project was carried out for the States of Jersey to provide support for the proposed Housing Transformation Programme.
Analysis of available data on affordable housing investment
Using existing data sources, the purpose of this project was to provide a strong evidence base to show what the current provision of affordable housing built over the last 20 years looks like in terms of location, type of housing and size, and whether it is significantly different compared with past provision. The aim was to demonstrate what has been achieved in terms of investment in affordable housing, and to link this with tenant satisfaction.
Developing a local development framework affordable housing evidence base
The purpose of the project is to produce a short, usable guide for local authority officers in the South East to help them develop a robust affordable housing evidence base to inform their Local Development Frameworks. The affordable housing guide will sit within the South East England Partnership Board’s current LDF delivery suite.
An assessment of current and future housing seeds and demands in Wales
The Welsh Assembly Government commissioned this ‘top down’ assessment of the future demand and need for additional housing together with current unmet need for affordable housing.
Under-occupation project in the East of England
The NHF East of England has commissioned this work as part of a wider project to quantify the potential to meet housing need in the region and to provide landlords and other partners with tools to address the issue. The strategic aim of this work is to quantify the potential from tackling under-occupation in social housing. The study will collect data from social landlords in the region and carry out analysis to draw out key information.
Updated estimates of future housing demand and need in the West Midlands, incorporating revised household projections
The West Midlands Regional Assembly commissioned CCHPR to update estimates of need for affordable housing in the West Midlands from 2006 to 2026. The updates to the estimates, originally done by CCHPR in 2007, will take account of the revised household projections, and comment on the implications of the housing market downturn for the region's housing strategy.
Assessment of future Regional requirements for affordable housing in the East of England
The aim of this project was to contribute to the evidence base to inform a review of the Regional Spatial Strategy (the East of England Plan 2008) and the second round of Regional Funding Advice.
Housing need in England: A new analysis
This estimates current need for social rented housing in 2006, and the needs for social rented and intermediate housing in 2006-26. It is being produced for Shelter as part of the Shelter Housing Investment Project series. It makes extensive use of official household projections, at regional as well as national level. It also provides new estimates of the backlog of current un-met need at national and regional level.
Future prospects for housing wealth and inheritance
This work was carried out for the Council of Mortgage Lenders to study who owes owner-occupied housing wealth, and the implications for bequest and inheritance of housing wealth.
Impact of worsening affordability on the demand for social housing
Literature review of the impact of worsening market housing affordability on the demand for affordable housing, private renting, new household formation, and regional variations in these impacts.
Official projections of future numbers of households in England and their implications for housing
This project analysed and commented on official estimates (projections) of the number of households in future years, the types of household, and the ages of household heads.
West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy revisions – Re-run of the affordable housing figures
CCHPR carried out a series of re-runs of the affordable housing calculations for the West Midlands Regional Assembly to support its work as Regional Housing and Planning Body.
The use of the existing housing stock in the South East
This report was commissioned by the South East England Regional Assembly. It analyses the ways in which the existing housing stock is used presently and how this might change over the next twenty years.
More households to be housed – where is the increase in households coming from?
This project updated analysis of the Government's 2006 household projections; examining the elements making up the growth; the robustness of the projections; and their implications for housing requirements.

Housing Policy Evaluation

Government Policy and the Profile of Housing Provision in England
CCHPR were commissioned by Places for People to explore the impact on government policy on the profile of housing provision in England. It will consider the impact of the Housing and Planning Bill and other reforms to welfare, housing and planning policy on the social and affordable housing sector in England.
Consultancy input into Evaluation of the JRF’s Housing and Poverty Programme
Anna Clarke is working with Cambridge Policy Consultants as an advisor on their evaluation of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Housing and Poverty Programme.
Understanding the likely poverty impacts of the extension of Right to Buy to housing association tenants
This short piece of research, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation aims to better understand likely poverty impacts of the extension of Right to Buy to housing associations and the associated sale of higher value local authority stock.
Increasing housing supply: Research to support Lloyds Banking Group’s Housing Commission
This project provides evidence to support the Housing Commission in exploring what works to increase housing supply. It looks at a range of policy measures such as New Towns, bringing empty homes back into use, self build and custom build, the role of taxation in promoting housing supply and affordability, different models of delivering affordable housing and how to increase overall housing production. It starts with a policy and practice overview and will produce an Interim Report in time to encourage discussion and debate at the party political conferences. It will include consideration of regional and devolved government and conclude with recommendations.
Promoting policy change to boost the supply of affordable housing
The project will seek to influence (a) public policy on affordable housing supply policy instruments and (b) public understanding of policy measures that would increase the supply of affordable housing through the production of a short film, a policy workshop, and engagement with politicians and the general public.
Review of Affordable Housing Gateway in Jersey
The States of Jersey has commissioned CCHPR to undertake a full and independent review to ensure that the new Affordable Housing Gateway, launched in January 2012, is supported appropriately in respect of policy, process and procedures; that it is appropriately resourced (both staff and IT) and that it is as efficient as it can be and is fit for purpose. The work uses a ‘lean methodology’ that combines data analysis with interviews with staff and clients and comparison with best practice in the UK.
Support in the preparation of a housing strategy for Jersey
The States of Jersey commissioned CCHPR to provide support to its embryonic Strategic Housing unit in the preparation of an island wide, cross tenure Housing Strategy. The project comprises a series of papers for discussion with officers and the relevant Ministers between November 2012 and April 2013, leading to the production of a public Consulation Paper for circulation in May and a final Strategy Paper for debate in the States Assembly in June/July 2013. It identified the main issues and options in order to built a shared understanding of the issues, the range of policy options available and the financial implications. The aim is to develop a broad consensus on the appropriate housing strategy for Jersey.
Research into the future of the social rented sector
This project has been commissioned by East 7, a group of housing associations in the East of England, to inform their own strategy and policy development and to assist East 7 members in engaging in the policy debate with ministers and other opinion formers.
Making best use of a scarce asset: Can we use social housing more efficiently?
This project will run throughout 2012 and will involve a series of six half-day workshops, to be attended by social landlords throughout the UK in order to share research evidence and help them to develop their policies and practice in making best use of their housing stock.
Delivering insights through typologies of place
The use of place typologies in government policy has been actively promoted by CLG and its predecessor departments for nearly thirty years, with the development of the Index of Local Conditions (later the Index of Local Deprivation and Index of Multiple Deprivation) in 1981. The department has made active use of these indices in targeting interventions, such as its Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, and in evaluating performance and progress, for example in comparing the performance of NDC areas with other areas of similar deprivation.
A review of social housing in Jersey
This project was commissioned by the Housing Department of the States of Jersey to review the need for social housing in Jersey, and to make recommendations on the future ownership and management of the States’ social housing stock.
Response to the Housing Green Paper
The Housing Green Paper was published in 2007. CCHPR was asked to prepare a response on behalf of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Evaluation of English housing policy since 1975
A major research project for DCLG (then ODPM) which was joint with the universities of Glasgow and Heriot Watt. It is organised under five themes, but includes a cross cutting overview summary report which will be widely disseminated as well as a defined, structured analysis of the period.

Planning for Housing

Valuing Planning Obligations
CCHPR is participating in a collaborative project entitled Research into the incidence and value of s106 and CIL. Led by the University of Liverpool, the project is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Performance bonds for highways and water supplies for new housing developments
The NHBC, together with the NHBC Foundation commissioned this research project to investigate the circumstances and consequences of performance bonds required by highways authorities and water supply companies for housing developments. The NHBC estimates that it is the provider of 80% of the outstanding bonds in the sector.
Research on the nature of planning constraints
The aim of this research is to analyse the nature of planning constraints on the provision of housing. The research has been commissioned by the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee.
Understanding recent changes in household formation rates and their implications for planning for housing
This project will assist those producing local plans to understand what has happened recently and, in the light of that, make an informed judgement about the assumptions they should make for their plan period.
Mechanisms to increase housing supply in England
The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research recently completed an international review of land supply and planning systems, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation March 2013. The review identified measures taken successfully in other countries to bring land forward for housing. However, it showed that in England many of these mechanisms are already available or in place in some form. The key issue is therefore why are they not used more widely or more effectively? This new research, funded by the RICS, builds on this review to identify the relevant comparable instruments in England and what the barriers and constraints are on using these mechanisms more successfully.
Maximising the performance of the new Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy Planning Framework with Local Authorities: Developing a planning gain model
The Centre developed a simple model to estimate the impact of charging different CIL and S106 rates on the economic viability of development. The model has huge potential to assist local authorities in modelling the impact of different CIL and S106 rates on the economic viability of development across their area.
Supporting assumptions used in planning for housing
This project aims to produce five short notes on the main drivers of demographic change that will support a basic excel ‘tool’ that local authorities can access freely to help understand the impacts on future housing requirements in their area.
The role of the planning system in delivering housing choice for older Londoners
This project is looking into the housing needs of older people in London for the Greater London Authority. It is being commissioned as a ‘think piece’ looking specifically at the role of the planning system in helping to ensure that older Londoners have a genuine choice of homes that they can afford and which meet their requirements for different sizes and types of dwelling in the highest quality environments.
Estimating the impacts of the changes in S106 with the introduction of CIL on the quantity of affordable housing delivered
This project, conducted jointly with the University of Sheffield, is estimating the impacts of the changes in Section 106 (S106) with the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on the quantity of affordable housing delivered for the National Housing Federation.
Helping inform the Labour Party Housing Review
This comprises six short papers, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, to help address the questions asked in the Labour Party Housing Review. The papers are on Planning, Places, Housing Supply, Owner Occupation, Social Renting and the Private Rented Sector.
The impact of the recent financial crisis on planning for affordable housing in England
The impact of the recent financial crisis on planning for affordable housing in England – local authority responses and future pathways. This research will identify, (1) how S106 is being used in very different market conditions and whether it can still work to deliver sufficient affordable housing; (2) how preparations for new policies that will affect affordable housing delivery, such as the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), have been altered by the financial crisis; (3) what alternative approaches are being considered or used for the delivery of affordable housing.
The future of inclusive design: the success of initiatives aiming to reduce inequality in spatial planning and the built environment
The aim of the research was to explore the success of equality-related initiatives in the field of spatial planning and the built environment. CCHPR worked with Women’s Design Groups, Disability Access Groups and Inclusive Design Groups.
Input into the consultation on the abolition of the Regional Spatial Strategies
CCHPR were commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to assist in submitting their consultation response for the inquiry into the abolition of regional spatial strategies. The consultation focussing particularly on the implications for house building.
Evaluating the Women’s Design Group project for the Women’s Design Service
This project evaluates the Women’s Design Group project for the Women’s Design Service, reflecting on the success of the project and making recommendations for taking the initiative forward.
Contributing to the political debate on planning and affordable housing
This project, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation aimed to understand in more detail the range of instruments that are proposed as means of achieving both local empowerment and higher levels of market and affordable housing and to clarify the potential benefits and costs of moving to a more incentives based system.
Further practice guidance on using Section 106 agreements to secure affordable housing during the economic downturn
The economic downturn has raised serious questions about the delivery of housing targets and the capacity of the planning system to deliver affordable housing. The Welsh Assembly Government wishes to provide further guidance on the use of S106 agreements to secure affordable housing during the downturn.
Valuing planning obligations in England 2007/08
This project for Communities and Local Government builds on two previous studies valuing planning obligations in England in 2003-04 and 2005-06. The study aims to estimate the total number of agreements and obligations in 2007-08 and their value.
Improving the capacity of the planning system
This project comprised a series of regional round table discussions in the North, Midlands, East, South, London and Wales to assess the capacity of the planning system to deliver the government’s housing targets in sustainable communities and to make practical recommendations for improvement.
Common starting points for S106 affordable housing negotiations
Communities and Local Government commissioned a two-stage research project to improve evidence on the dynamics of S106 negotiations for affordable housing and to explore what the best ‘common starting point’ (CSP) might be.
Practice guidance on affordable housing clauses in Section 106 agreements for local planning authorities in Wales
Through this project the Welsh Assembly Government aims to provide practice guidance for local authorities in Wales on the drafting and application of affordable housing clauses in Section 106 (S106) agreements.
Evaluation of data sources relevant to the work of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit
This project provided guidance on data sources to regions and local authorities.
Overview of availability and quality of Data Sources relevant to the work of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit (NHPAU)
The National Housing and Planning Advice Unit (NHPAU) was an independent body set up to advise national and local government and other bodies on the affordability of market housing. Its creation followed Kate Barker’s Review of Housing Supply in 2004 and her recommendation for the creation of a body to provide expert advice on housing matters, particularly affordability. The Unit was governed by an expert Board that was chaired by Professor Stephen Nickell, CBE, FBA, a former member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee. He is currently Warden of Nuffield College Oxford.
Good practice guide to delivering new affordable housing on S106 sites
The project aims to explore current local planning authority practice to identify what aspects contribute to the successful delivery of affordable housing on S106 sites.
Delivering affordable housing through the planning system in Wales
This project involved organising three training seminars in North and South Wales in May 2007 to inform local authority officers about the suite of material produced by the Welsh Assembly Government designed to improve their delivery of affordable housing through the planning system. A report on the seminars was produced for publication in November 2007.
Planning and affordable housing Member Training and Development Programme
This project was to deliver a training programme in negotiating affordable housing through S106 to elected members, particularly those with housing and planning portfolios. The work involved three seminars in North, Central and South Wales.
West Midlands Regional Spatial Strategy revisions – Re-run of the affordable housing figures
CCHPR carried out a series of re-runs of the affordable housing calculations for the West Midlands Regional Assembly to support its work as Regional Housing and Planning Body.
Forecasting and Managing Planning Obligations for Developer Contributions to Affordable Housing: A Feasibility Study
This feasibility study into how to improve the performance of S106 in delivering additional affordable housing comprises a policy and data review of the South West region, stakeholder interviews at national, regional and local levels, and four case studies from within the South West’s housing market areas.
S106 Affordable Housing Provision: What is Going On?
This project aimed to find out what was happening on the ground to S106 negotiations and affordable housing delivery in a context of considerable uncertainty in the national and regional regulatory framework.
Delivering affordable housing through s106: outputs and outcomes
There is anecdotal evidence that what is finally delivered on the ground through s106 may be different from what was originally negotiated – for example, a large site may be broken up and sold to different developers who may re-negotiate the S106 affordable housing provision. The project aimed to assess whether affordable housing is being lost or modified through negotiated changes to the initial agreed S106 as well as through non take-up of planning permission; and to gain an understanding of why this is happening and of patterns of behaviour. The project was undertaken jointly with the University of Sheffield.
The complementary roles of Social Housing Grant and affordable housing through the planning system in achieving additional affordable housing
This study compares the provision of new affordable housing via S106 with the 'traditional' approach whereby housing associations develop land with the aid of Housing Corporation funding. It looks at costs and additionality and finds that s106 is replacing the traditional approach, largely because it is an important means of accessing land for housing associations.

Private Rented Sector

Using incentives to improve the private rented sector for people in poverty
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation commissioned CCHPR to investigate how to improve the English private rented sector as a source of accommodation for people in poverty. The project explored whether taxation could be used to incentivise private landlords to improve the affordability, conditions or security of rented housing.
FilePrivate Rented Housing Sector: UK and ideas from other countries
Research into Letting Agents Fees to Tenants in Wales
The Welsh Government are currently funding CCHPR's research into fees charged to tenants in the private rented sector across Wales
A better quality PRS: the role of SME investment
This project, commissioned by Lloyds Banking Group, explored the role of SME investment in the private rented sector. It aimed to raise the profile of this part of the PRS, adding to the understanding of its impact and to inform policy discussion.
The effects of rent controls on supply and markets
This project, commissioned by Shelter, explored the possible effects of different rent control scenarios on the operation of the Private Rented Sector in England. Six different rent control options were considered, proposing different limits to rents and changes to security of tenure.
The private rented sector in North Hertfordshire
This project involved analysis of private sector data to assist North Hertfordshire District Council in developing its private sector housing strategy.
Tax credits for affordable housing in the USA: could they work elsewhere?
This article by Mike Oxley, published by Housing Finance International in Spring 2015, examines the operation of Low Income Housing Tax Credits in the USA.
Understanding private landlord financial and regulatory incentives for property investment
The private rented sector is growing rapidly yet has the worst physical property conditions of all tenures. More than nine million households rent privately yet more than a third of private rented homes fail to meet the Decent Homes Standard. Private renting is now the only option for a growing number of households who cannot afford home ownership yet will not realistically qualify for social housing. Shelter has commissioned CCHPR to investigate the financial provisions landlords put in place to maintain the condition of their property. The research is part of a wider programme of work to understand the dynamics of safety and housing conditions in the sector. The research aim is to understand the incentives and barriers to investment in upgrading the quality of private rented housing.
Understanding the role of private renting: a four country case study
The objective of this project, funded by Realdania, was to better understand the incentives and constraints around private rental provision across different institutional, economic and policy frameworks. The research also sought to clarify the factors that might help generate investment in private renting and an efficient and flexible sector which could meet household requirements.
The role of the private rented sector in preventing homelessness: identifying good practice and the impact of policy change
The Oak Foundation commissioned research into private rented sector access schemes that focuses on good practice as demonstrated through Oak funded projects. The research also looked more broadly at other successful practices and models. The intention was to share good practice from Oak funded schemes and others; to provide practical advice to existing schemes in order to respond to recent welfare policy changes; and demonstrate the potential for private renting schemes to meet specific housing needs.
Analysis of the private rented sector in Richmond upon Thames and surrounding areas
Richmond Council, together with Richmond Housing Partnership, jointly commissioned research in order to form the evidence base of their tenancy strategy. This work helped supplement this evidence base by improving understanding of the private rented sector in and nearby to Richmond with a particular focus on the availability of housing for low income groups. The research made use of data on advertised rents in the private rented sector and also drew on interviews with local letting agencies.
The contribution and potential of the private residential rental market in New Zealand
Providing country profiles for England, France and Germany in relation to a template provided by Darroch Ltd, the contractor.
Private housing sector: The UK and ideas from other countries
The private rented housing sector: The UK and ideas from other countries - a seminar presentation to the Social Market Foundation by Michael Oxley, March 2017
Poverty, evictions and forced moves
The private rented sector in the new century: A comparative approach
The objective of this research was to examine the extent to which different regulatory frameworks across Europe have generated different incentives to provide private rental housing; to live in private rental housing; and to fund that housing.
Housing benefit changes and their effects on the private rented sector
The project looks at short- and longer-term influences on the supply of private rented housing to poorer households in Britain. The new government’s emergency budget of June 2010 proposed substantial reductions in the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) payments made to private tenants who cannot afford their rent.
Estimating rates of return on private sector rents
The original reason for this research was to assess the extent to which it would be appropriate to use lower quartile house prices as a surrogate for private rents in regional and local analysis in the light of the difficulties in obtaining Rent Officer Service data on the rents they determine for Housing Benefit purposes.
Landlord portfolio management - past and future
This research explored how landlords manage their portfolios and make decisions over buying and selling stock. It was commissioned by Shelter in order to explore how landlords manage their businesses, how this might affect tenants and how this might change in the future.
Guide to local rents 2001-2010
Producing a guide to local rents was a Dataspring project funded by the Tenant Services Authority, for which outputs were published from 2001 until 2010. Parts I, II and III together provided the data to undertake comparisons of rents geographically for all three rented sectors (local authority, housing association and private rented), between individual housing associations and between individual local authorities.

Regulation

Valuing Planning Obligations
CCHPR is participating in a collaborative project entitled Research into the incidence and value of s106 and CIL. Led by the University of Liverpool, the project is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Research into Letting Agents Fees to Tenants in Wales
The Welsh Government are currently funding CCHPR's research into fees charged to tenants in the private rented sector across Wales
Designing compliance into regulatory codes
For this project Dr Paul Sanderson (supported by Daniel Banks and Prof. Simon Deakin) worked alongside BRDO staff in their offices, contributing from previous research knowledge on optimising compliance to (i) the design of regulatory codes, and (ii) communications about regulatory codes, affect approaches to compliance.
The effects of rent controls on supply and markets
This project, commissioned by Shelter, explored the possible effects of different rent control scenarios on the operation of the Private Rented Sector in England. Six different rent control options were considered, proposing different limits to rents and changes to security of tenure.
Research into potential solutions for business data sharing between regulators
This project for the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills draws on existing knowledge of regulation and regulatory data within the CCHPR to examine the potential for greater sharing of regulatory data between regulators. The aim was to increase regulatory efficiency and reduce the burden of regulation on business.
The citizen in regulation
This project for the Local Better Regulation Office is essentially a review of the existing policy, practice and academic literature relating to the citizen in regulation, encompassing citizen involvement and participation, co-regulation and co-production. The intention is to highlight potentially fruitful areas for further exploration by the LBRO.
Comparison of stock, rents and service charges among different types of social landlords
This project draws comparisons of stock, rents and service charges between four different types of social landlord; Traditional mixed funded Registered Social Landlords (RSLs); RSLs who have taken over local authority stock via Large Scale Voluntary Transfer; Local authorities (retention LAs); and Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs).
Housing association service charges for general needs housing
This project examined how service charges applied to general needs stock by housing associations varied between different property types and sizes, and between types of association.
Detailed analysis of the current pattern of RSL rents 2007-2009
As a baseline of reviewing the rent restructuring regime of 2000, this paper analyses the current pattern of key variables for registered social landlord (RSL) rents at detailed geographical levels. It also assessed current RSL rent patterns in terms of size effects and local effects.
Housing association sector trends
The housing association sector trends project brought together 15 years of data from the Regulatory and Statistical Return, the annual census of housing associations registered with the Tenants Services Authority to form a cohesive relational database. This gives added value to the data as it can be used for time series analysis to determine trends in the housing association sector and relate these to changes in policy, finance and regulation. Such data is also useful for scenario planning for future directions.
Target rents 2004-2011
This series of papers looked at rent restructuring and housing association movement towards target rents during the period 2004 to 2011.
Housing association service charges and their relationship to rents
This project examined housing association service charges and their relationship to rents. Understanding the relationship between rents and service charges is important for all stakeholders in the housing association sector. Tenants need to budget for their housing costs by understanding what elements of those costs relate to rent and service charges and which elements of these costs can be met from housing benefit payments.
2001 Census briefing paper series
Three reports published during 2003 and 2004 using data from the 2001 Census and Regulatory Statistical Returns.
Housing association stock managed pending transfer into ownership
This report used Regulatory and Statistical Return (RSR) data for 2002 to provide some base data on the number of housing associations and units involved in this type of stock management. It broke data down between types and sizes of association to examine which associations were most involved in this type of stock management.
Adapt and survive: Housing associations' response to changes in housing policy at the beginning of the new century
Using data from the Regulatory Statistical Return (RSR) and on the profile of new tenants from CORE, this paper examines recent changes in the Housing Association sector and interprets these in the light of changing emphases in government housing policy.
Dataspring
From the late 1990s until 2011 CCHPR ran Dataspring, a large dedicated research and consultancy unit specialising in UK social housing data, particularly stock and rents data. The unit has since been absorbed into the mainstream activity of the Centre.
Registered social landlords and changes in rent
This was the third annual analysis of registered social landlords' performance in limiting rent increases. It was also the first in the series of Sector Studies (Research and Good Practice).
Guide to local rents 2001-2010
Producing a guide to local rents was a Dataspring project funded by the Tenant Services Authority, for which outputs were published from 2001 until 2010. Parts I, II and III together provided the data to undertake comparisons of rents geographically for all three rented sectors (local authority, housing association and private rented), between individual housing associations and between individual local authorities.

Rural Housing

Identifying housing need in the horseracing industry
In order to inform its investment plans and future housing strategy Racing Homes wanted to ascertain the level of housing need currently experienced within the horse racing industry and, in particular, where they have existing housing stock. The aim of this research was to establish the degree and nature of current unmet need for affordable housing among racing staff and to make recommendations as to how that need may best be met.
Rural housing at a time of economic change
The Commission for Rural Communities funded CCHPR to carry out research into rural housing. The project looked specifically at the issues of changing rent levels and housing quality, the impact of policy change on rural areas, and whether some people are unable to remain in rural areas.
West Midlands rural housing
As part of a suite of research to understand regional housing markets, this study was commissioned with the intention of demonstrating the importance of social rented housing to help to sustain services and community in rural villages.
The extent and impact of rural housing need
Defra commissioned CCHPR and Land Use Consultants to carry out research to understand the nature of 'housing need' in rural areas and the implications of an under-supply of affordable housing for individuals, communities and economies.

Shared Ownership, Keyworker and Staff Housing

Shared Ownership Plus: a review of progress and potential
Thames Valley commissioned a review of their Shared Ownership Plus scheme, a shared ownership scheme which offers greater flexibility in terms of staircasing (buying further shares) for shared owners.
Shared Ownership: Ugly sister or Cinderella?
Shared ownership has been in operation for over 35 years and forms an established part of the UK housing landscape. It makes up a substantial and increasing proportion of new-build Affordable Housing, and is now set to be further expanded.
Reselling shared ownership properties after improvements
This short research project was commissioned by Thames Valley Housing Association in order to examine the practice of reselling shared ownership homes after the owner has undertaken (and paid for) improvements to their home.
Understanding the second-hand market for shared ownership properties
Thames Valley Housing Association and the National Housing Federation commissioned CCHPR to carry out research into the secondary market for shared ownership properties. The research examined national data sources on resales and involved a survey of all major shared ownership providers on resales and staircasing behaviour. It also involved more detailed qualitative work with Thames Valley clients.
Cambridge University staff housing survey 2011
This online survey of University and College staff appointed post 2007 was carried out in order to inform housing provision at in north west Cambridge.
North West Cambridge rent policy
This paper analysed University staff incomes and made recommendations for rent policy in north west Cambridge.
Low Cost Home Ownership and the credit crunch: Regional markets and competition with private developers
The aim of this study was to expand upon research conducted for the Housing Corporation, Low Cost Home Ownership: Affordability, Risks and Issues, in early 2008.
Low Cost Home Ownership: Affordability, risks and issues
The main purpose of this research was to analyse the impact of the recent housing market turbulence on the affordability of and demand for Low Cost Home Ownership products, and to explore the risks that this might present to social housing providers.
The role of housing associations in the intermediate market
This study investigates the extent to which housing associations (HAs) are involved in the provision of homes on the intermediate market and the form of that provision.
A review and analysis of changes in the intermediate housing market in the East of England 2004-2007
The purpose of the research was to identify the changes in the intermediate housing market since a previous study into affordable housing of 2004, in terms of need/demand and supply, and to consider the implications for regional policy formulation and investment in the future.
University of Cambridge Housing Needs Study
This project has been commissioned by Cambridge University’s Estates Management and Building Service to advise on the housing needs of University staff. The project has carried out an email survey of all University staff in order to assess the current rate of recruitment, the extent to which newly appointed staff who are moving to Cambridge from elsewhere, and the difficulties experienced by staff in the Cambridge housing market.
Modelling the future take-up of low-cost home ownership products
This was a two stage project. Stage 1 involved modelling tenure choice using a logit model and data from CORE pooled with Survey of English Housing over 6 years; Stage 2 involved entering the coefficients from the logit model onto an Excel spreadsheet in order to enable scenario planning and sensitivity testing. The outputs allowed DCLG to estimate the likely take-up of different low-cost home ownership products.
A review of Low Cost Home Ownership policies in Wales
The Welsh Assembly Government commissioned a review of Low Cost Home Ownership (LCHO) policies in Wales. The aims of the project were: to assess the effectiveness of LCHO schemes in meeting their stated policy objectives; to assess whether LCHO schemes have wider, or unforeseen consequences on local housing markets and problems; and to advise on whether LCHO schemes are meeting their stated objectives, or whether revisions to the schemes are required, within the policy flexibility available to the Welsh Assembly Government.
Low Cost Home Ownership in different housing markets
The government has identified the need to concentrate investment, both public and private, in the provision of low-cost homeownership (LCHO) as first time buyers find it more and more difficult to access owner-occupation through traditional open market routes. New initiatives are concerned with increasing the role of private finance through equity mortgages as well as providing a range of shared ownership schemes aimed at key workers and pressure areas. This raises important issues for both private finance institution and government: the institutions are taking on new risks about which they know little, while government wishes to target assistance closely on those who cannot achieve owner-occupation in other ways.
Regional and sub-regional analyses: Residential mobility of social tenants and those entering Low Cost Home Ownershipin the north of England
This study concentrates on four aspects of household mobility in the northern regions:The results reflect a generally immobile sector across all regions in the north with very little systematic pattern in terms of the mobility that does occur.
Residential mobility of social tenants and households entering Low Cost Home Ownership (LCHO): A comparison of London and the Northern Regions
This report compares the residential mobility of social tenants and households entering LCHO in London with mobility in the northern regions of England.
University of Cambridge staff housing requirements
The University was preparing its long term plans for the development of land in the north west of the city. Part of the proposals included new housing development, and this study was commissioned in late 2004 to find out about staff housing needs and past behaviour. The survey was web-based with the aim of repeating it in the future, perhaps on an annual basis.
Key worker housing in Surrey
These two short projects looked at the crisis in the recruitment and retention of key workers in these highly pressured housing markets on the edge of London.
Need for intermediate housing in the South East
This research developed a methodology for estimating the future need for intermediate market housing – housing that is affordable to those who cannot access market housing but who could afford to pay more than social housing rents. Not all households in the relevant income bracket would want intermediate housing, so estimating the need using secondary data was challenging.
Provision for key workers and unmet housing need
This is a follow up to a previous study which produced an estimate of newly arising demand and need for housing in the East of England. The current study produces an estimate of unmet need and of key worker housing requirements in the region. Part B of the project provides a template for districts and sub-regions to produce their own assessments of key worker housing. Both reports are available on the Assembly’ web site.
SHIP / Spending Review 2004
Shelter commissioned an update of their major Housing Investment Project originally completed and published in 2000. The findings were used to feed into government consultation on the 2004 Comprehensive Spending Review. The report was published by Shelter.
Affordability of Low Cost Home Ownership
This project was commissioned by Tower Homes and Metropolitan Home Ownership, two of the largest providers of Low Cost Home Ownership in the London area. It involved a survey of clients who had purchased on a shared ownership basis in the previous twelve months and a second survey of those who became shared owners between three and four years ago. The research looked at the longer term affordability and sustainability of Low Cost Home Ownership. Affordability was explored both by considering objectively the monthly outgoings incurred related to income, and subjectively as revealed in the surveys.
A Review of Low Cost Home Ownership policies in Wales
This project was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government in order to assess the effectiveness of LCHO schemes in meeting their stated policy objectives.
Shared housing for non-resident parents
Commonweal Housing has funded the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to research the housing needs and views of non-resident parents who live, or have considered living, in shared housing.

Social Housing Allocations

Professor Michael Oxley: keynote speaker at the 2017 Social Impact Festival
Mike Oxley will be a keynote speaker at the Social Impact Festival's Impact School: Home on Wednesday 19 July at the UWA Business School
Fundamental review of housing allocations policy in Northern Ireland
The Housing Division of the Department for Social Development (DSD) commissioned a research project to make a significant contribution to a fundamental review of social housing allocations in Northern Ireland. The purpose of the review was to ensure that the processes of applying for, and letting, social housing make the most effective use of scarce public resources in identifying and meeting housing need within the context of broader government priorities.
Local authority CORE data imputation and weighting methodology study
This research, commissioned by Communities and Local Government, considered how to adjust for missing local authority data within the Continuous Recording of Lettings (LA CORE) system.
Promoting mixed communities through balanced lettings and asset management
The aims of the project, carried out for the Tenant Services Authority and Communities and Local Government, were to understand how to achieve a better balance between allocating social homes to the most needy, and preserving or improving the mix of the housing stock, in particular through balanced lettings and asset management policies. The project conducted 30 qualitative interviews with Chief Executives of RSLs and ALMOs and local authority Directors of Housing.
Choice based lettings in Yorkshire and the Humber
This project was commissioned by the Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber to undertake a study to inform stakeholders about the resource and service delivery implications of implementing CBL in high demand and rural areas in Yorkshire and the Humber. It used Harrogate district council as a feasibility case study.
The Impact of a pan-London choice based lettings scheme on homelessness and temporary accommodation
The Association of London Government commissioned a short research project in order to understand the possible implications of a Pan-London CBL scheme for the management of homelessness and temporary accommodation. The key objective of the project was to understand how the offer of different proportions of available lettings for inter-borough moves might impact on the ability of individual boroughs to meet their statutory responsibilities for homeless households, and how this might impact on homeless households themselves.
A review of Welsh social landlords’ approaches to maximising choice in letting accommodation
The Welsh Assembly Government commissioned a review of lettings systems currently in use by social housing landlords in Wales, which are either choice-based or in which choice is an important component part.
Evaluating the choice based lettings pilots in England
This was a major project commissioned by DCLG to evaluate the 27 Choice Based Lettings pilots in England. The project was led by the School for Policy Studies at Bristol University, and the project report was published by DCLG (then ODPM).
Choice based lettings in Sunderland: An evaluation
This project was commissioned by Sunderland Housing Group, to evaluate the Group’s Choice Based Lettings scheme.

Social Housing Rents and Finance

Professor Michael Oxley: keynote speaker at the 2017 Social Impact Festival
Mike Oxley will be a keynote speaker at the Social Impact Festival's Impact School: Home on Wednesday 19 July at the UWA Business School
Feasibility study of the prospect of developing a viable housing model for those entitled only to access the shared accommodation rate
Community Housing Cymru and the Welsh Local Government Association have commissioned CCHPR to undertake a study into viable housing models for single people only entitled to the housing benefit shared accommodation rate.
Prospects for investment in social housing
The project investigates whether institutional investors can be attracted to expand the social housing sector in the UK. It also examines how the needs of institutional investors and social housing providers can be better aligned by drawing on experience in other countries.
Housing costs, affordability and rent setting
Affinity Sutton commissioned this work from CCHPR to update and build on the definitions of affordability discussed in previous work on market-pegged social rents and local income distributions to determine rent levels that may be deemed affordable according to local incomes and/or earnings, taking account of the impact of geography, household size/composition and the current changes in welfare benefits.
Update of UK Housing Finance entry
The Housing Finance Information Network (HOFINET) is a quality-assured web portal that consolidates regularly updated international housing finance knowledge in one central, easily accessible place (http://www.hofinet.org/). CCHPR supplied the UK entry.
NewBuy; a review of mortgage pricing
This project is a short piece of research based advice for officials in the Department of Communities and Local Government. It is not intended for publication.
Future investment in affordable housing
The National Housing Federation in partnership with CCHPR is exploring possible models for investment in new affordable homes. This research contributes to that work.
Facing the future: The future role and financing of social housing
The Housing Futures Network has commissioned CCHPR to produce new work looking at the future of the social housing sector. The work will look at the future options for financing the sector, and also at the implications of the latest policy reforms including welfare reform, housing benefits and under-occupation.
Affordable Rents assessment for Cambridge City
This research was undertaken in order to provide an assessment of affordability of housing association and local authority rents when they are pegged at given ratios of prevailing market rents within Cambridge City and the housing sub-market.
Housing association service charges for general needs housing
This project examined how service charges applied to general needs stock by housing associations varied between different property types and sizes, and between types of association.
Affordability in the housing association sector
This project looks at the affordability in the housing associating (HA) sector. It also compares the position of HA tenants with those in the private rented and owner-occupier sector.
Detailed analysis of the current pattern of RSL rents 2007-2009
As a baseline of reviewing the rent restructuring regime of 2000, this paper analyses the current pattern of key variables for registered social landlord (RSL) rents at detailed geographical levels. It also assessed current RSL rent patterns in terms of size effects and local effects.
Housing association rents and service charges for supported housing and housing for older people
Average housing association rents and service charges for the combined categories, supported housing and housing for older people , by local authority area were collected by the Housing Corporation for the first time in 2005. This project looked in detail at these figures.
Target rents 2004-2011
This series of papers looked at rent restructuring and housing association movement towards target rents during the period 2004 to 2011.
Housing association service charges and their relationship to rents
This project examined housing association service charges and their relationship to rents. Understanding the relationship between rents and service charges is important for all stakeholders in the housing association sector. Tenants need to budget for their housing costs by understanding what elements of those costs relate to rent and service charges and which elements of these costs can be met from housing benefit payments.
Social housing rents in Wales
This project was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government to collect data on the actual rents and service charges charged by every significant social landlord in Wales (22 local authorities and 33 housing associations), to establish the basis of each landlord’s policy for setting rents and the factors which the policies took into account, and to set rents and service charges in the broader context of affordability, including the heating costs of homes.
RSL Rents: Evidence from the Existing Tenants Survey 2000: Dataspring Discussion Paper 6
This report draws on the Existing Tenants Survey to examine rents in the social housing sector.
A matter of choice? RSL rents and home ownership: a comparison of costs
This Sector Study examines the gap between the weekly costs of home ownership and RSL rents over the last decade and how this varies across the country and the implications for RSLs when setting their rents.
Getting rents right
The main purpose of this study was to assess the use of the Continuous Recording system of lettings and sales (CORE) by registered social landlords as a tool to use when measuring affordability.
Registered social landlords and changes in rent
This was the third annual analysis of registered social landlords' performance in limiting rent increases. It was also the first in the series of Sector Studies (Research and Good Practice).
Guide to local rents 2001-2010
Producing a guide to local rents was a Dataspring project funded by the Tenant Services Authority, for which outputs were published from 2001 until 2010. Parts I, II and III together provided the data to undertake comparisons of rents geographically for all three rented sectors (local authority, housing association and private rented), between individual housing associations and between individual local authorities.

Sustainable development, regeneration and communities

New housing, business space and infrastructure in London
This research was conducted in partnership with University College London (UCL).
Provision of information on London’s development
For an international comparative study on global cities’ development, this project aims to provide the following pieces of information about London: (1) information about Urban Development Projects over the next decade, (2) information about Infrastructure Development Projects over the next decade, (3) information about a range of socio-economic policies over the next decade.
Mixed communities literature review
This review of the literature around the benefits of mixed communities was carried out under the call-off contract for the Scottish Government. This is to meet some of the analytical needs which the Communities Analytical Services Division (CASD) will have in 2009 and 2010.
The contribution of housing, planning and regeneration policies to mixed communities in Scotland
This short study looked at whether and how mainstream housing, planning and regeneration policies in Scotland are contributing to "mixed communities ". In particular, it investigated the ways in which these policies are fostering neighbourhoods which have a mix of housing tenures, and are therefore likely to attract households with a range of incomes.
Mixed communities policy review
The Minister for Housing & Communities in the Scottish Government requested a review to explore how Scottish Government policies that aim to create mixed communities are being implemented on the ground. The purpose of the review was to: 1. clarify what housing, regeneration and planning policies the Scottish Government have which should lead to the creation of mixed communities; 2. identify whether and how these policies are being implemented and what impact they are having; 3. consider policy implications.
The UK government national carbon reduction targets and regional housing market dynamics: Compatible or contradictory?
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICs) commissioned this research from CCHPR with the aim of raising the profile of RICS at a regional level in the policy debates on sustainability and climate change.
The contribution of housing to urban renaissance
The purpose of this scoping study was to explore the role of housing development across the West Midlands region in generating urban renaissance.
The ward penalty in Birmingham
The Barrow Cadbury Trust approached Land Economy and CCHPR to conduct an investigation into the relationships between race, place and poverty in Birmingham. The study begins from the observation that many of the highly deprived parts of the city, particularly the inner urban areas, are also those with large minority ethnic populations.
The Working Neighbourhoods Fund scoping study
The Working Neighbourhoods Fund was established by Communities and Local Government and the Department for Work and Pensions in 2008. Replacing the Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, it directs funding to 65 local authorities to help them tackle concentrations of worklessness. A team from the Department of Land Economy, under the direction of Prof Peter Tyler and including several members of CCHPR, is leading the scoping study and interim evaluation of the Working Neighbourhoods Fund. CCHPR provided expertise for an online survey and qualitative fieldwork with districts in receipt of funding. Other elements of the whole research programme were carried out by Cambridge Econometrics and EDuce consultancy.
Taking the Gender Equality Duty into account in regeneration: Identifying good practice
This study assessed the degree to which gender is taken into consideration in regeneration schemes in the light of the Gender Equality Duty and identified best practice that could be used to aid the success of schemes elsewhere.
Promoting mixed communities through balanced lettings and asset management
The aims of the project, carried out for the Tenant Services Authority and Communities and Local Government, were to understand how to achieve a better balance between allocating social homes to the most needy, and preserving or improving the mix of the housing stock, in particular through balanced lettings and asset management policies. The project conducted 30 qualitative interviews with Chief Executives of RSLs and ALMOs and local authority Directors of Housing.
Evaluation of the Mixed Communities Demonstration Projects
CCHPR was part of a consortium evaluating the Mixed Communities Demonstration Projects. These aimed to develop comprehensive approaches to neighbourhood renewal through major changes to the housing stock and tenure / income mix, improvements to the environment and action to reduce worklessness and crime. Whilst previous housing and regeneration programmes have included tenure and income diversification, the MCI aimed to do this further and faster to achieve genuine and sustainable change in disadvantaged areas.
Sustainable development in the Kent Thames Gateway
CCHPR worked in a multi-disciplinary team with others across the university to carry out this piece of research looking at sustainable development in the Kent Thames Gateway.
Additional housing supply: implications for sustainable communities
This is part of DCLG’s (then ODPM) response to the Barker Review of Housing Supply’s recommendations that many more dwellings are needed to reduce house price inflation. It draws on the results of a model of house price response to additional supply developed in a parallel project at Reading University.

Welfare Reform

Feasibility study of the prospect of developing a viable housing model for those entitled only to access the shared accommodation rate
Community Housing Cymru and the Welsh Local Government Association have commissioned CCHPR to undertake a study into viable housing models for single people only entitled to the housing benefit shared accommodation rate.
Benefit Cap: In-depth interviews with affected claimants
The DWP commissioned CCHPR to undertake a series of qualitative interviews with households affected by the benefit Cap.
The role of the private rented sector in preventing homelessness: Identifying good practice and the impact of policy change
The report is in three main parts: identifying good practice; implications of welfare reform; and strategies, solutions and models. The report concludes that while there are clearly many challenges facing private rented sector access schemes in the coming months and years, there are also many examples of good practice in addressing them. Overall, while there is no single solution that works in all housing markets, PRS access schemes are piloting a range of approaches and responding well to the challenges posed by welfare reform. The situation in London is more difficult, but nevertheless schemes were optimistic. PRS access schemes have grown over the last ten years and seem likely to continue to do so, despite the challenges posed by welfare reforms.
Housing costs, affordability and rent setting
Affinity Sutton commissioned this work from CCHPR to update and build on the definitions of affordability discussed in previous work on market-pegged social rents and local income distributions to determine rent levels that may be deemed affordable according to local incomes and/or earnings, taking account of the impact of geography, household size/composition and the current changes in welfare benefits.
Evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy and household Benefit Cap
This evaluation sought to understand the impact of the size criteria on claimants, landlords and other stakeholders and to explore how households responded to the reduction in their benefits.
Qualitative study on the impact of welfare reforms on Riverside tenants
Riverside is undertaking a study aiming to gain a more detailed understanding of the impact of welfare reforms and wider economic change on Riverside households. Anna Clarke, from CCHPR, was an advisor on the project.
Welfare Reform Impact Assessment
CCHPR is providing specialist input to IPSOS MORI as part of an extended piece of work for the National Housing Federation looking at the impact of current welfare reforms on housing associations and their tenants
Rural housing at a time of economic change
The Commission for Rural Communities funded CCHPR to carry out research into rural housing. The project looked specifically at the issues of changing rent levels and housing quality, the impact of policy change on rural areas, and whether some people are unable to remain in rural areas.
Facing the future: The future role and financing of social housing
The Housing Futures Network has commissioned CCHPR to produce new work looking at the future of the social housing sector. The work will look at the future options for financing the sector, and also at the implications of the latest policy reforms including welfare reform, housing benefits and under-occupation.
Housing benefit changes and their effects on the private rented sector
The project looks at short- and longer-term influences on the supply of private rented housing to poorer households in Britain. The new government’s emergency budget of June 2010 proposed substantial reductions in the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) payments made to private tenants who cannot afford their rent.

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