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Housing Need and Supply

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.
Wylfa Newydd Housing Study
The Wylfa Newydd Housing Study (Stage 1), commissioned by the Isle of Anglesey County Council and undertaken by CCHPR, reviewed Horizon Nuclear Power’s Construction Worker Accommodation Strategy. It identified the key issues and impacts of the proposed development, and outlined the measures required to alleviate impacts, on the local housing market. The purpose of the second stage of the study is to further define and justify the mitigation measures required, and to provide the required evidence, to underpin the ‘Housing Fund’ in the s106 Agreement in order to ensure that the Isle of Anglesey County Council has a robust and credible evidence base leading into the Development Consent Order (DCO) investigation.
The Edge Debate: OxMKCam growth corridor symposium
Gemma Burgess gave a presentation at Edge Debate 87: The Oxford – Milton Keynes – Cambridge Growth Corridor. The debate looked at the potential to plan for sustainable growth, making places that work for people.
Purpose built student accommodation
CCHPR have conducted research into identified demand for undergraduate and postgraduate student accommodation on behalf of Vita Group.
The Prevalence of Rough Sleeping and Sofa Surfing Amongst Young People in the UK
Assessment of Student Housing Demand and Supply for Cambridge City Council and Oxford City Council
Cambridge City Council and Oxford City Council commissioned this study to inform planning policy with regard to the provision of student accommodation, and its impact upon housing need, within the two cities.
The impacts of family support on access to homeownership for young people in the UK
The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) commissioned CCHPR to undertake research that focused on the relationship between parental background and young people’s access to homeownership. This research formed part of SMC’s role as an advocate for social mobility in the UK, and informed the 2016 State of the Nation report to Parliament.
New housing, business space and infrastructure in London
This research was conducted in partnership with University College London (UCL).
Housing Need and Supply
Using household income data at micro-level to aid social housing providers’ decisions on affordable rents levels, ‘pay-to-stay’ and other market-based policies
This project aimed to increase the usage of our recent research to develop an optimal method to estimate household income distributions at the very local level.
Refining the recent release of the ONS ‘Travel-To-Work Areas’ for housing planning purposes
This project objective was to refine the ONS Travel-To-Work Areas for Cambridge to make them more appropriate for housing planning purposes.
Multi generational living: potential opportunities for the house building sector?
This research for the NHBC Foundation analysed the scale and nature of multi generational living in England and explored the opportunities that this presents to the house building sector.
Downsizing and moving in later life - new build housing or existing stock?
This research explored why older households move in later life, the size of property they moved to and why they choose either new build housing or existing stock. It considered what the house building sector can learn from their experience and what opportunities that this presents to the house building sector.
Estimated net income distribution of working households by household type and locality
This project estimated working households’ net income distributions at local authority level. 'Net income' was defined as income excluding income-related benefits – most notably, Housing Benefit.
Identifying housing need in the horseracing industry
In order to inform its investment plans and future housing strategy Racing Homes wanted to ascertain the level of housing need currently experienced within the horse racing industry and, in particular, where they have existing housing stock. The aim of this research was to establish the degree and nature of current unmet need for affordable housing among racing staff and to make recommendations as to how that need may best be met.
Validation of an objectively assessed housing need for West Oxfordshire Council
West Oxfordshire Council commissioned CCHPR to validate projections of housing need in the selected local authority areas up to 2031, which was set out the Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA).
Baseline Study for Intermediate Housing Market in and around Cambridge City
This was a short term research project into the size of the intermediate housing market in the City of Cambridge and its immediate surroundings, and the likely demand for intermediate forms of tenure, both for rent and for partial ownership.
Estimated net income distribution for eight household types in the London Borough of Bromley at mid-Super Output Area (SOA) level
Information about household incomes at a local level is difficult to obtain yet social landlords may need such data in order to set rents. To address this issue, CCHPR has developed a model to estimate household income distribution by percentile for eight household types at local market level.
Increasing housing supply: Research to support Lloyds Banking Group’s Housing Commission
This project provided evidence to support the Housing Commission in exploring what works to increase housing supply. It looked at a range of policy measures such as New Towns, bringing empty homes back into use, self build and custom build, the role of taxation in promoting housing supply and affordability, different models of delivering affordable housing and ways of increasing overall housing production. It started with a policy and practice overview and produced an Interim Report in time to encourage discussion and debate at the party political conferences. It included consideration of regional and devolved government and concluded with recommendations.
Housing need and effective demand in England
The purpose of this note was to review current concepts and measures of housing need in use in England, and how they relate to effective demand. It looks at what is likely to be the new supply of housing that would be required to meet the need generated by population and household growth and change; how much of this supply could be generated by private effective demand; and how much would depend on assistance.
Housing need and demand in Wales
The objective of this project was to use new data to revise and update the modelling of need and demand undertaken by CCHPR for the Welsh Government in 2010. The key research question was 'What is the housing ‘need’ in Wales and how is it expected to evolve in the coming years?'
Looking into the future: How many homes do we need and what happens if we do not build them?
How many homes we need over the next 20 years is a highly contentious political issue and a major headache for local authorities who are required by the new planning system to decide their area’s “objectively assessed needs”. Presented by CCHPR Visiting Fellow Neil McDonald.
Review of “Young people and housing: transitions, trajectories and generational fractures”
Mike Oxley provided a review of “Young people and housing: transitions, trajectories and generational fractures”, edited by Ray Forrest and Ngai ming Yip, for the International Journal of Housing Policy.
Local public finance and housing policy conference. Presentation by Dr Gemma Burgess - Case Study UK: rising house prices and under supply
Dr Gemma Burgess gave a key note speech at the local public finance and housing policy conference in Israel in December 2014, hosted by the Gazit-Globe Real Estate Institute at IDC Herzliya. The presentation - Case Study UK: rising house prices and under supply – focuses on housing supply constraints.
Housing Supply– challenges for policy makers. Presentation by Dr Gemma Burgess to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Social Science and Policy, 21 October 2014, House of Commons
Dr Gemma Burgess gave a presentation to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Social Science and Policy, 21 October 2014, at the House of Commons as part of the session on Housing Supply– challenges for policy makers. The presentation focuses on the constraints on new housing supply.
Understanding recent changes in household formation rates and their implications for planning for housing
This project will assist those producing local plans to understand what has happened recently and, in the light of that, make an informed judgement about the assumptions they should make for their plan period.
Mechanisms to increase housing supply in England
The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research recently completed an international review of land supply and planning systems, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation March 2013. The review identified measures taken successfully in other countries to bring land forward for housing. However, it showed that in England many of these mechanisms are already available or in place in some form. The key issue is therefore why are they not used more widely or more effectively? This new research, funded by the RICS, builds on this review to identify the relevant comparable instruments in England and what the barriers and constraints are on using these mechanisms more successfully.
An economic and spatial analysis of the future development of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire
This work aimed to assess: (1) The current economic profile of Wisbech; (2) The likely future economic role of Wisbech under different scenarios; (3) The sectors most likely to have potential for future employment growth; and to make (4) Make broad recommendations for future economic and spatial strategies to 2020.
The implications of the 2008-based household projections for estimates of housing need
Alan Holmans’ new article was published in the September 2012 issue of the TCPA journal.
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.

Living on the edge

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