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2008

Projects commencing in 2008.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.