Contributing to the Political Debate on Planning and Affordable Housing Round Table
The objectives of this project for the JRF are 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.
This research project is evaluating the FirstStop information and advice service for older people, their families and carers that is funded partly by Communities and Local Government (CLG) and the Big Lottery Fund (BLF).
Input into the consultation on the abolition of the Regional Spatial Strategies for the JRF
CCHPR were commissioned by the JRF 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.
The Future of Inclusive Design: the success of initiatives aiming to reduce inequality in spatial planning and the built environment
The aim of this research is to explore the success of equality-related initiatives in the field of spatial planning and the built environment. It will work with Women’s Design Groups, Disability Access Groups and Inclusive Design Groups.
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.
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.
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. This short publication compares the costs of lighting adaptations to estimates of the costs of falls by elderly people resulting from poor lighting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Building Social Capital through Community Timebanking: an evaluation of the Cambridgeshire timebanking project
This research will be evaluating the development of a timebanking project in Cambridgeshire by Cambridgeshire County Council and the CHS Group. Timebanking is a community scheme which enables local people to exchange skills and support in a structured way around the swapping of units of their time. It can help to build social capital in local communities, but may also have the potential to generate cost savings.
Maximising the performance of the new Section 106 and Community Infrastructure Levy Planning Framework with Local Authorities: Developing a Planning Gain Model
The Centre is currently developing 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. We propose a project to further develop the model for local authority use. We will work with a sample of local authorities to test and refine the model with a view to eventually making it publicly available for use by local authorities to assist in developing their new CIL and S106 charging frameworks. This will transfer our academic knowledge and expertise into a tool that can be used by local authorities in policy and practice.
Scoping study on service use of the Cambridgeshire D/deaf communities
The purpose of the research is to act 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.
The Provision of Affordable Housing Through Section 106: the situation in 2007. RICS Research Paper Series Vol 7 No 14
This project explored how Section 106 is working on the ground to deliver affordable housing against an uncertain policy background. The study found that local authority policy and practice vary across the country. Whilst increasing numbers of affordable units have been provided through S106, there is still room for improvement. more
The provision of affordable housing through Section 106: an update
This project explored how Section 106 (S106) is working on the ground to deliver affordable housing against an uncertain and changing policy background. It is the full report of the ‘Findings’ published by the JRF in December 2007. more
Final Report to the East of England Regional Assembly
The purpose of the research is to identify the changes in the intermediate housing market since the Affordable Housing Study II 2004, in terms of need/demand and supply, and to consider the implications for regional policy formulation and investment in the future. more
Good practice guide to delivering affordable housing through Section 106
Local authorities are actively involved in negotiating S106 Agreements to provide affordable housing. This guide, commissioned by the London Commuter Belt authorities and funded by Inspire East, provides a compendium of good practice in the application of S106 Agreements to affordable housing. more
Rapid evidence review of the research literature on the impact of worsening affordability
The National Housing and Planning Advice Unit (NHPAU) Board commissioned the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to undertake a rapid evidence assessment of the effects of worsening market housing affordability on the demand for affordable housing, with particular emphasis on social housing as part of its research programme. more
Delivering affordable housing using Section 106 agreements: Practice guidance
This Practice Guidance to Section 106 Agreements is a tool to support local planning authorities (LPAs) in delivering more affordable housing through the planning system. It aims to assist LPAs to improve the development, negotiation and implementation of Section 106 Agreements.
Common Starting Points for Section 106 Affordable Housing Negotiations
This report has been drawn upon by CLG to inform the development of the Community Infrastructure Levy. The aim was to explore current LPA practice, to evaluate the relative merits of different CSPs, consider issues such as a single CSP and identify whether the adoption of CSPs would be beneficial. more
Low Cost Home Ownership: affordability, risks and issues
The Housing Corporation commissioned the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR) to explore the impact of the credit crunch and housing market turbulence on Low Cost Home Ownership (LCHO). more
Low Cost Home Ownership and the Credit Crunch: a report on regional markets and competition with private developers
The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR) report for the Tenant Services Authority, exploring the impact of the credit crunch and housing market turbulence on Low Cost Home Ownership (LCHO), has just been published. more
Planning and the Gender Equality Duty – why does gender matter?
This research looked at how those involved in planning and regeneration in local authorities have been including an emphasis on promoting gender equality in their work. The study took an early look at how the Gender Equality Duty is shaping planning and regeneration policy and practice. more
Evaluation of the FirstStop information and advice service for older people, their families and carers
FirstStop Advice is a service providing information and advice about care and housing options in later life to older people, their families and carers. The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge is undertaking an independent evaluation of the FirstStop service. This report details the initial findings of Phase 1 of the evaluation. more
The Incidence, Value and Delivery of Planning Obligations in England in 2007-08
Researchers from the Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield found that in 2007-08 private developers agreed to fund £5 billion of England’s local capital infrastructure, including roads and schools and new affordable housing in England. The research, which was commissioned by the Department of Communities & Local Government (CLG) and published by CLG, shows planning obligations have led to these very substantial contributions by developers. more
We are not delivering the quantity and quality of new housing required, especially affordable housing. The planning system is seen as one of the main barriers to the delivery of new housing. This Solutions paper, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, contains lessons for policy and practice. It analyses the potential of a more localised system housing and planning system. more
Response to the CLG Select Committee Inquiry on the abolition of regional spatial strategies for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) submitted a response to the CLG Committee’s Inquiry into the abolition of regional spatial strategies. This response was drafted on behalf of JRF by Gemma Burgess, Sarah Monk and Christine Whitehead, CCHPR, University of Cambridge, and Alison Bailey, Consultant Planner. more
FirstStop Advice is a service providing information and advice about care and housing options in later life for older people, their families and carers. The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge is undertaking an independent evaluation of the FirstStop service. This short report discusses some of the emerging findings from the evaluation about older people moving home.
This report details the findings from Phase 1 of the evaluation of FirstStop, an information and advice service for older people, their families and carers partly funded by the Department of Communities and Local Government. more
The Uneven Geography of Participation at the Global Level: Ethiopian Women Activists at the Global Periphery.
A new journal article, The Uneven Geography of Participation at the Global Level: Ethiopian Women Activists at the Global Periphery, has been published by Dr Gemma Burgess in a special edition of Globalizations – Gender, Governance and Power: Finding the Global at the Local Level. more
Delivering local infrastructure and affordable housing through the planning system: the future of planning obligations through Section 106 - just published. This journal article draws on our extensive research on Section 106. more
Presentation of FirstStop evaluation research findings
Dr Gemma Burgess presented findings from the evaluation of the FirstStop information and advice service for older people at a series of conferences organised by Care & Repair. The conferences, ‘In our own hands: Improving information and advice for later life decision making’ were attended by policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholder and were an opportunity to share knowledge and to discuss emerging policy agendas. The evaluation presentation can be downloaded below. For more information please contact Dr Burgess email@example.com.
Domestic violence, assistance for adults without dependent children - Final report
The study explored the extent to which adults without dependent children who have to leave their homes as a result of domestic violence, and who seek housing assistance from a local authority, receive sufficient assistance to ensure they do not have to return to accommodation where they would be at risk of violence. more
When the personal becomes political: using legal reform to combat violence against women in Ethiopia in Gender Place & Culture
A new journal article has been published by Dr Gemma Burgess in Gender, Place & Culture. The article focuses on Ethiopia's first civil society organisation, the Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association (EWLA), which has been campaigning for legal reform to secure women's rights and address violence against women. more
The Women's Design Service was funded to run a project by London Councils (2008-2011) to set up Women's Design Groups (WDG) across twelve London Boroughs. The aim of the Groups was “to increase community engagement and participation in local and regional planning and policy development”. The remit of the Women's Design Groups was to comment on local and regional (London) major planning applications and policy proposals from a gender perspective, using women's experience of the built environment and to try to remove barriers to women that may be built into new developments. The Women’s Design Service commissioned Dr Gemma Burgess at the University of Cambridge to conduct an evaluation of the Women's Design Groups project.
Memorandum submitted to the House of Commons Communities & Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the financing of new housing supply
A memorandum was submitted to the House of Commons Communities & Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the financing of new housing supply from the University of Sheffield, University of Cambridge and the LSE.
A comprehensive information and advice service enabling older people to better plan ahead for their future housing and care needs is a key requirement if Britain is to cope successfully with its ageing society. The evaluation of FirstStop shows how it is helping older people to make difficult decisions about their housing and care. more
Book review by Dr Gemma Burgess published in Journal of Social Policy
Book review published in Journal of Social Policy. Dr Gemma Burgess reviews Patricia Kennett and Chan KamWah (eds.) (2011), Women and Housing: An International Analysis. Abingdon: Routledge. £34.99, pp. 247, pbk. doi:10.1017/S0047279411000882
Older people’s views of service provision in Cambridge
This project was a collaboration led by Dr Gemma Burgess between CCHPR, the Department of Geography and the Office of External Affairs and Communications at the University of Cambridge. A study was conducted on behalf of the Cambridge Older Peoples Reference Group (COPRG) to explore older people’s views of services in the Cambridge area. more
Evaluation of the FirstStop initiative summary report April 2012
A summary of the evaluation so far of the FirstStop initiative has just been published, showing the continued success of the service. It was included as an insert in the 26th April issue of The House parliamentary magazine which is sent to all MP's and Peers.
Capturing Planning Gain – The Transition from Section 106 to the Community Infrastructure Levy
The Community Infrastructure Levy came into force in April 2010 (DCLG, 2011a). It allows local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in their area and the money can be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure that is needed as a result of development. This research for the RICS explores the issues arising in the transition to the new system. more
Equity release round table event November 7th Nuffield Foundation
The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research at the University of Cambridge has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation to explore the key current issues shaping equity release by older home owners. As part of this research a round table discussion was held on the 7th of November in London bringing together key stakeholders from different sectors to discuss issues shaping the use of equity release now and looking into the future. This briefing note reflects on the discussion.
Mapping the number of extra housing units needed for young people
Centrepoint, the youth homeless charity, commissioned CCHPR to undertake this piece of 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. more
International review of land supply and planning systems
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has just published an international review of land supply and planning systems conducted by CCHPR, looking at what works and whether successful mechanisms from other countries could be transferred to the UK context. The review suggests that land supply is a key issue contributing to housing market volatility and problems of housing affordability in the UK. more
There is increasing interest in the role the use of equity release products can play in coping with some of the pressures of an ageing population. This study analyses what we already know about the use of equity release products by older homeowners to identify what might it be valuable to research further.
The scoping study reviews our understanding and knowledge from research on the use (or not, in most cases) of equity release products by older homeowners. It pulls together findings from the existing literature, reviews different data sets and draws on stakeholder discussions to identify what is already known about equity release in later life, what is missing from the current evidence base and the key research questions that need tackling in relation to likely future policy directions. more
Building Social Capital through Community Timebanking: an interim evaluation of the Cambridgeshire timebanking project
This research is evaluating the development of a timebanking project in Cambridgeshire for Cambridgeshire County Council and the CHS Group. Timebanking is a community scheme which enables local people to exchange skills and support in a structured way around the swapping of units of their time. It can help to build social capital in local communities, but may also have the potential to generate cost savings. The interim report suggests that the time banks are developing successfully, with increasing numbers of members and exchanges. There is evidence of a range of benefits to the members who are involved and evidence of positive soft outcomes. The challenge for the time bank coordinators is to grow the time banks and consider how they may become sustainable long term.