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2011

Projects commencing in 2011
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

North West Cambridge rent policy

This paper analysed University staff incomes and made recommendations for rent policy in north west Cambridge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Other Publications

The remaining publications from the year that are not listed under CCHPR projects - e.g. related journal articles by CCHPR researchers.

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