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2012

CCHPR's publications during 2012.
Analysis of the private rented sector in Richmond upon Thames and surrounding areas
Richmond Council, together with Richmond Housing Partnership, commissioned this short piece of work to help form the evidence base of their tenancy strategy. This research examined the operation of the private rented sector in Richmond and nearby with a particular focus on the availability of housing for low income groups. The research drew on a large dataset of advertised rents in the private rented sector supplied by home.co.uk which were mapped with GIS software.
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.
Changing the profile of social housing: The impact of prioritising working applicants on letting patterns - Working Note
Analysis by CCHPR models the likely impact of allocating a larger proportion of social housing to working households.
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.
Evaluation of the FirstStop information and advice service for older people, their families and carers - summary report
A summary of the evaluation to 2012 was 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 MPs and Peers.
Freedom to succeed: liberating the potential of housing associations
In 2011 and 2012 CCHPR worked with the Housing Futures Network to explore future directions for housing associations. We are now able to circulate the summary and final reports from that work.
Freedom to succeed: liberating the potential of housing associations
This report for the Housing Futures Network explores both the current context and the future operating environment for housing associations in England. It argues that a transformation in role and function is underway with a number of unresolved tensions, the costs of which will be borne by tenants and associations. It concludes by setting out the case for plurality and greater operational freedom.
Funding future homes
The National Housing Federation wanted to produce a vision of the sector beyond 2015. As part of this work CCHPR produced a substantial background report drawing together the evidence. This included an appendix on development and funding models. The NHF produced an Executive Summary which is also available here.
Household Projections in England: their history and uses
Alan Holmans has produced a new report on the Household Projections in England: Their History and Uses. Household projections are an important tool for estimating future housing demand and need and the land supply required if all households are to be adequately housed.
Housing in transition: Understanding the dynamics of tenure change
This is a study of patterns of housing tenure in England and London, looking back at the period 1993 to 2010 and then projecting trends forward to 2025. It also looks at the tenure patterns for low to middle income households and families with children. The study was for the Resolution Foundation and Shelter.
Mapping the number of extra housing units needed for young people, Report
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.
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. It was part of an undergraduate research methods course in the Department of Geography. Students were taught research methods before being supported to conduct the research themselves. This innovative project linked academic teaching, research and the wider community. The report has provided a useful piece of research to a local community group working to support older people.
Rural housing at a time of economic change
This research was funded by the Commission for Rural Communities in order to improve understanding of likely future changes in housing markets in rural areas in England in the wider context of changing housing market pressures and government policies on affordable housing and Housing Benefit. It aimed to provide up-to-date evidence to enable CRC, Defra and other government agencies to influence housing policy at national and local levels and ensure that these policies are rural-proofed.
Tackling housing market volatility in the UK: A progress report
Volatility has plagued the UK housing market for four decades. The JRF Housing Market Taskforce identified ways to create a more sustainable housing market, suggesting credible long-term policy options to avoid extreme house price fluctuation and protect vulnerable households from its effects. One year on, our new paper follows up this work, assessing the Government’s progress in tackling volatility.
The private rented sector in the new century – a comparative approach
This study examines the role of regulation in the private rented sector across 11 European countries. A key finding is that well-conceived and well-managed regulation can enhance the private rented sector for both tenants and landlords.
The role of the planning system in delivering housing choice for older Londoners, Report
This study was commissioned by the Greater London Authority to investigate the role of planning in meeting the housing needs of older Londoners. It is partly a ‘think piece’ to look specifically at the role of the planning system in helping to ensure that older Londoners have a choice of homes that they can afford and which meet their requirements for different sizes and types of dwellings in high quality environments. The study also includes original research on the scale of need for specialist housing at local level.
Under-occupation and the housing benefit reforms: Four local case studies
This report and summary were commissioned by the Housing Futures Network in January 2012 looking at the impact of the proposed Housing Benefit reforms for under-occupying social tenants in four local case study areas.
Under-occupation and the new policy framework
This report was commissioned by the Housing Futures Network as part of the Facing the Future work being carried out by Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research. This report looks at under-occupation within social housing and explores in detail the implications of the proposed cuts to housing benefit that will affect under-occupiers of working age from April 2013. It draws on the findings of a survey of under-occupiers, analysis of national level data on the implications of the reforms and also on focus group discussions held in the autumn of 2011.
Understanding the second-hand market for shared ownership properties
This report, commissioned by Thames Valley Housing Association and the National Housing Federation explores the operation of the second-hand market for shared ownership properties. It also also examines the practice of ‘staircasing’, whereby a shared owner may purchase additional shares of their home.

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