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Projects

Complete list of projects, with the most recent at the top.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.

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New research shows numbers of first time buyers relying on 'bank of mum and dad’ hits historic high

Mar 28, 2017

Our new research on behalf of the Social Mobility Commission has been published this week showing that the number of first time buyers relying on the 'Bank of Mum and Dad' has hit a historic high. Drawing on Governmental and housing market data, Chihiro Udagawa and colleagues have analysed the recent pattern of parental help for first-time buyers. The research also includes trends and projections of such parental help.

Social landlords are stepping in to tackle youth poverty - study finds

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.

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