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Cambridge Centre for Housing & Planning Research


This project objective was to refine the ONS Travel-To-Work Areas for Cambridge to make them more appropriate for housing planning purposes.

The objective of this project was to refine for housing planning purposes the recently published ONS Travel-To-Work Areas (TTWA) for Cambridge. The existing approach to TTWAs was problematic because it did not allow for areas to overlap; each area was assumed to be discrete – to feed into only one city or central hub. This approach, which allowed for overlap, has the potential to make TTWAs more useful for housing planning purposes.

Experimental review of the Cambridge Travel to Work Area (TTWA) as a tool for informing local housing policy - including a study of the Ely housing market in the context of the Cambridge TTWA

Travel To Work Areas are used primarily to understand local labour markets, but are also used in housing planning. However, TTWAs do not allow for overlap. Taking Cambridge as their example, Chihiro Udagawa and Dr Paul Sanderson identified commuting areas for Cambridge that lie within the boundaries of other employment hubs. Their study suggested that care should be taken when using TWAs for housing planning purposes.

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ESRC IAA Discretionary Fund

Project Start Date

December 2015