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Projects commencing in 2005.
Almshouse Charities

Almshouse charities have been active in providing social housing, mostly for older people, for centuries. This project looks at the profile of almshouse charities registered with the Tenant Services Authority.

Delivering affordable housing through s106: outputs and outcomes

There is anecdotal evidence that what is finally delivered on the ground through s106 may be different from what was originally negotiated – for example, a large site may be broken up and sold to different developers who may re-negotiate the S106 affordable housing provision. The project aimed to assess whether affordable housing is being lost or modified through negotiated changes to the initial agreed S106 as well as through non take-up of planning permission; and to gain an understanding of why this is happening and of patterns of behaviour. The project was undertaken jointly with the University of Sheffield.

Housing association sector trends

The housing association sector trends project brought together 15 years of data from the Regulatory and Statistical Return, the annual census of housing associations registered with the Tenants Services Authority to form a cohesive relational database. This gives added value to the data as it can be used for time series analysis to determine trends in the housing association sector and relate these to changes in policy, finance and regulation. Such data is also useful for scenario planning for future directions.

Low Cost Home Ownership in different housing markets

The government has identified the need to concentrate investment, both public and private, in the provision of low-cost homeownership (LCHO) as first time buyers find it more and more difficult to access owner-occupation through traditional open market routes. New initiatives are concerned with increasing the role of private finance through equity mortgages as well as providing a range of shared ownership schemes aimed at key workers and pressure areas. This raises important issues for both private finance institution and government: the institutions are taking on new risks about which they know little, while government wishes to target assistance closely on those who cannot achieve owner-occupation in other ways.

National Register of Social Housing (NROSH)

Dataspring provided assistance to TSA evaluating the implications for data collection via the National Register of Social Housing (NRSOH). Data collected for regulatory purposes by the TSA was collected via their annual Regulatory and Statistical Return (RSR), which all HAs were required to complete on a stock wide basis. DCLG planned to introduce NROSH as a means of data collection on an individual property basis from both HAs and LAs. Dataspring were commissioned to evaluate if NROSH alone would suffice as a means of data collection for TSA’s regulatory purposes.

The complementary roles of Social Housing Grant and affordable housing through the planning system in achieving additional affordable housing

This study compares the provision of new affordable housing via S106 with the 'traditional' approach whereby housing associations develop land with the aid of Housing Corporation funding. It looks at costs and additionality and finds that s106 is replacing the traditional approach, largely because it is an important means of accessing land for housing associations.

The wider role of housing associations

Housing associations are increasingly seen as having a role beyond the provision of social rented housing. Many own and/or manage non-social housing stock as well as being involved in non-housing activities. This project aimed to provide a picture of the extent to which associations were involved in these activities.

Other Publications

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