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Complete list of projects, with the most recent at the top.
Research into the impact of family support on access to homeownership for young people in the UK
The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) commissioned CCHPR to undertake research that focuses on the relationship between parental background and young people’s access to homeownership. This research forms part of SMC’s role as an advocate for social mobility in the UK, and will inform the 2016 State of the Nation report to Parliament.
Data Analysis for Second Evaluation of Private Rented Sector Licensing Scheme within Newham
This project assesses the impact of the compulsory landlord Licencing Scheme which has been operating in Newham since 2013. Drawing on the four-wave panel data of a tenants’ survey, configured by Newham Council the data allows analysis on a range of spheres of tenants’ welfare, local environments and property management, addressing statistical bias and allowing consideration of the sustainability of any impacts over a longer term.
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.
A better quality PRS: the role of SME investment
This project commissioned by Lloyds Bank Group explores the role of SME investment in the private rented sector. It aims to raise the profile of this part of the PRS, add to the understanding of its impact and inform policy discussion.
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.
Poverty, evictions and forced moves
This project has been 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.
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.
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.
Research on the effect of rent stabilisation measures in London
The London Assembly’s Housing Committee is undertaking an investigation in autumn 2015 into the likely impact of a range of rent stabilisation measures on London’s housing market.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Baseline Study for Intermediate Housing Market in and around Cambridge City
A short term research project into the size of the intermediate housing market in the City and its immediate surroundings, and the likely demand for intermediate forms of tenure, both for rent and for partial ownership.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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Mar 14, 2017

Initiatives run by social housing providers to help young people aged 16-25 increase their independence and employment prospects are helping to reduce youth poverty, says our new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Research into student housing in Cambridge published

Jan 30, 2017

New research into the housing needs of students in Cambridge has been published this week. Cambridge City Council commissioned the study to help to inform planning policy regarding student accommodation and its impact upon housing need, in relation to the emerging Local Plan.

New research into housing needs of non-resident parents, seeks participants!

Jan 19, 2017

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.

We're recruiting! Looking for a new Research Assistant to join our team

Jan 05, 2017

We're currently looking for a new Research Assistant to join our team working on a range of projects in the field of ousing and planning. Salary £25,298-£29,301.

Festival of Ideas event - The potential for Time Credits to generate public health outcomes

Nov 07, 2016

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