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Sustainable development, regeneration and communities

The housing market and the wider economy
Our collaborative research programme for Places for People will take an in depth look at the housing market and the complexity of its relationship with society and the wider economy.
Creating positive economic communities
Funded by The Local Trust, Prof Pete Tyler and Dr Gemma Burgess led a team of researchers in reviewing how positive economic change might be sustainably created in communities with a population of 5,000 to 15,000, where there is sufficient local involvement and adequate long term support.
London Strategic Housing Initiative Evaluation
Trust for London and Citizens UK have commissioned CCHPR to undertake the evaluation of an initiative aimed at improving housing in London for citizens on low incomes.
New housing, business space and infrastructure in London
This research was conducted in partnership with University College London (UCL).
Provision of information on London’s development
For an international comparative study on global cities’ development, this project aimed to provide the following pieces of information about London: (1) information about Urban Development Projects over the following decade, (2) information about Infrastructure Development Projects over the following decade, (3) information about a range of socio-economic policies over the following decade.
Mixed communities literature review
This review of the literature around the benefits of mixed communities was carried out under the call-off contract for the Scottish Government. This is to meet some of the analytical needs which the Communities Analytical Services Division (CASD) will have in 2009 and 2010.
The contribution of housing, planning and regeneration policies to mixed communities in Scotland
This short study looked at whether and how mainstream housing, planning and regeneration policies in Scotland are contributing to "mixed communities ". In particular, it investigated the ways in which these policies are fostering neighbourhoods which have a mix of housing tenures, and are therefore likely to attract households with a range of incomes.
Mixed communities policy review
The Minister for Housing & Communities in the Scottish Government requested a review to explore how Scottish Government policies that aimed to create mixed communities were being implemented on the ground. The purpose of the review was to: 1. clarify what housing, regeneration and planning policies the Scottish Government had which should lead to the creation of mixed communities; 2. identify whether and how these policies were being implemented and what impact they were having; 3. consider policy implications.
The UK government national carbon reduction targets and regional housing market dynamics: Compatible or contradictory?
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICs) commissioned research from CCHPR with the aim of raising the profile of RICS at a regional level in the policy debates on sustainability and climate change.
The contribution of housing to urban renaissance
The purpose of this scoping study was to explore the role of housing development across the West Midlands region in generating urban renaissance.
The ward penalty in Birmingham
The Barrow Cadbury Trust approached Land Economy and CCHPR to conduct an investigation into the relationships between race, place and poverty in Birmingham. The study arose from the observation that many of the highly deprived parts of the city, particularly the inner urban areas, are also those with large minority ethnic populations.
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.
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.
Promoting mixed communities through balanced lettings and asset management
The aims of the project, carried out for the Tenant Services Authority and Communities and Local Government, were to understand how to achieve a better balance between allocating social homes to the most needy, and preserving or improving the mix of the housing stock, in particular through balanced lettings and asset management policies. The project conducted 30 qualitative interviews with Chief Executives of RSLs and ALMOs and local authority Directors of Housing.
Evaluation of the Mixed Communities Demonstration Projects
CCHPR was part of a consortium evaluating the Mixed Communities Demonstration Projects. These aimed to develop comprehensive approaches to neighbourhood renewal through major changes to the housing stock and tenure / income mix, improvements to the environment and action to reduce worklessness and crime. Whilst previous housing and regeneration programmes have included tenure and income diversification, the MCI aimed to do this further and faster to achieve genuine and sustainable change in disadvantaged areas.
Sustainable development in the Kent Thames Gateway
CCHPR worked in a multi-disciplinary team with others across the university to carry out this piece of research looking at sustainable development in the Kent Thames Gateway.
Additional housing supply: implications for sustainable communities
This is part of DCLG’s (then ODPM) response to the Barker Review of Housing Supply’s recommendations that many more dwellings are needed to reduce house price inflation. It draws on the results of a model of house price response to additional supply developed in a parallel project at Reading University.

Living on the edge

Gemma Burgess and Lynne McAulay talk about the evaluation of the New Horizons project