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Complete list of projects, with the most recent at the top.

Read more at: Promoting policy change to boost the supply of affordable housing

Promoting policy change to boost the supply of affordable housing

The project sought to influence (a) public policy on affordable housing supply policy instruments and (b) public understanding of policy measures that would increase the supply of affordable housing through the production of a short film, a policy workshop, and engagement with politicians and the...


Read more at: Increasing housing supply: Research to support Lloyds Banking Group’s Housing Commission

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...


Read more at: Sight loss is not life loss: Evaluation

Sight loss is not life loss: Evaluation

The 'Sight Loss is not Life Loss' project was funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It aimed to help people with sight loss to achieve greater independence, to reduce social isolation and to have greater access to information, advice, support and specialist equipment. The aim of the proposed research was...


Read more at: Performance bonds for highways and water supplies for new housing developments

Performance bonds for highways and water supplies for new housing developments

The NHBC, together with the NHBC Foundation, commissioned this research project to investigate the circumstances and consequences of performance bonds required by highways authorities and water supply companies for housing developments. The NHBC estimates that it is the provider of 80% of the...


Read more at: Estimating the scale of youth homelessness in the UK

Estimating the scale of youth homelessness in the UK

Centrepoint, the youth homeless charity, commissioned CCHPR to calculate up to date estimates of the number of young people experiencing homelessness in the UK during a year.


Read more at: Research on the nature of planning constraints

Research on the nature of planning constraints

The aim of this research was to analyse the nature of planning constraints on the provision of housing. The research was commissioned by the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee.


Read more at: Managing Money Better: Evaluation

Managing Money Better: Evaluation

The Managing Money Better (MMB) project has been evaluated in order to analyse the outcomes for vulnerable older people using the service. The project aimed to reach more vulnerable older people, particularly by providing money advice as a key element of housing and care options advice and support.


Read more at: S106 Affordable Housing Provision: What is Going On?

S106 Affordable Housing Provision: What is Going On?

This project aimed to find out what was happening on the ground to S106 negotiations and affordable housing delivery in a context of considerable uncertainty in the national and regional regulatory framework.


Read more at: Forecasting and Managing Planning Obligations for Developer Contributions to Affordable Housing: A Feasibility Study

Forecasting and Managing Planning Obligations for Developer Contributions to Affordable Housing: A Feasibility Study

This feasibility study into how to improve the performance of S106 in delivering additional affordable housing comprised a policy and data review of the South West region, stakeholder interviews at national, regional and local levels, and four case studies from within the South West’s housing...


Read more at: Good practice guide to delivering new affordable housing on S106 sites

Good practice guide to delivering new affordable housing on S106 sites

The project aimed to explore current local planning authority practice, in order to identify which aspects contributed to the successful delivery of affordable housing on S106 sites.


Read more at: A review and analysis of changes in the intermediate housing market in the East of England 2004-2007

A review and analysis of changes in the intermediate housing market in the East of England 2004-2007

The purpose of the research was to identify the changes in the intermediate housing market since a previous study into affordable housing of 2004, in terms of need/demand and supply, and to consider the implications for regional policy formulation and investment in the future.


Read more at: Impact of worsening affordability on the demand for social housing

Impact of worsening affordability on the demand for social housing

This project was a literature review of the impact of worsening market housing affordability on the demand for affordable housing, private renting, new household formation, and regional variations in these impacts.


Read more at: Overview of availability and quality of Data Sources relevant to the work of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit (NHPAU)

Overview of availability and quality of Data Sources relevant to the work of the National Housing and Planning Advice Unit (NHPAU)

The National Housing and Planning Advice Unit (NHPAU) was an independent body set up to advise national and local government and other bodies on the affordability of market housing. Its creation followed Kate Barker’s Review of Housing Supply in 2004 and her recommendation for the creation of a...


Read more at: Common starting points for S106 affordable housing negotiations

Common starting points for S106 affordable housing negotiations

Communities and Local Government commissioned a two-stage research project to improve evidence on the dynamics of S106 negotiations for affordable housing and to explore what the best ‘common starting point’ (CSP) might be.


Read more at: Practice guidance on affordable housing clauses in Section 106 agreements for local planning authorities in Wales

Practice guidance on affordable housing clauses in Section 106 agreements for local planning authorities in Wales

Through this project the Welsh Assembly Government aimed to provide practice guidance for local authorities in Wales on the drafting and application of affordable housing clauses in Section 106 (S106) agreements.


Read more at: Taking the Gender Equality Duty into account in regeneration: Identifying good practice

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.


Read more at: Low Cost Home Ownership: Affordability, risks and issues

Low Cost Home Ownership: Affordability, risks and issues

The main purpose of this research was to analyse the impact of the recent housing market turbulence on the affordability of and demand for Low Cost Home Ownership products, and to explore the risks that this might present to social housing providers.


Read more at: Domestic violence - assistance for adults without dependant children

Domestic violence - assistance for adults without dependant children

Communities and Local Government commissioned Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research to carry out research on housing support for people at risk of domestic violence.


Read more at: Low Cost Home Ownership and the credit crunch: Regional markets and competition with private developers

Low Cost Home Ownership and the credit crunch: Regional markets and competition with private developers

The aim of this study was to expand upon research conducted for the Housing Corporation, Low Cost Home Ownership: Affordability, Risks and Issues, in early 2008.


Read more at: Valuing planning obligations in England 2007/08

Valuing planning obligations in England 2007/08

This project for Communities and Local Government built on two previous studies valuing planning obligations in England in 2003-04 and 2005-06. The study aimed to estimate the total number of agreements and obligations in 2007-08 and their value.


Read more at: Economic and housing market downturn and potential impact on renters and rented sectors

Economic and housing market downturn and potential impact on renters and rented sectors

This is an ‘expert panel’ study for CLG looking at the impact of the economic and housing market downturn on the rented sector of the housing market.


Read more at: The contribution of housing to urban renaissance

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.


Read more at: Contributing to the political debate on planning and affordable housing

Contributing to the political debate on planning and affordable housing

This project, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation aimed to understand in more detail the range of instruments that are proposed as means of achieving both local empowerment and higher levels of market and affordable housing and to clarify the potential benefits and costs of moving to a...


Read more at: Input into the consultation on the abolition of the Regional Spatial Strategies

Input into the consultation on the abolition of the Regional Spatial Strategies

CCHPR were commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to assist in submitting their consultation response for the inquiry into the abolition of regional spatial strategies. The consultation focussing particularly on the implications for house building.


Read more at: Evaluating the Women’s Design Group project for the Women’s Design Service

Evaluating the Women’s Design Group project for the Women’s Design Service

This project evaluated the Women’s Design Group project for the Women’s Design Service, reflecting on the success of the project and making recommendations for taking the initiative forward.


Read more at: The future of inclusive design: the success of initiatives aiming to reduce inequality in spatial planning and the built environment

The future of inclusive design: the success of initiatives aiming to reduce inequality in spatial planning and the built environment

The aim of the research was to explore the success of equality-related initiatives in the field of spatial planning and the built environment. CCHPR worked with Women’s Design Groups, Disability Access Groups and Inclusive Design Groups.


Read more at: The impact of the recent financial crisis on planning for affordable housing in England

The impact of the recent financial crisis on planning for affordable housing in England

This research aimed to identify: (1) how S106 was being used in very different market conditions and whether it could still work to deliver sufficient affordable housing; (2) how preparations for new policies that wpuld affect affordable housing delivery, such as the Community Infrastructure Levy (...


Read more at: Older people’s views of service provision in Cambridge

Older people’s views of service provision in Cambridge

This project was a collaboration 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...


Read more at: Estimating the impacts of the changes in S106 with the introduction of CIL on the quantity of affordable housing delivered

Estimating the impacts of the changes in S106 with the introduction of CIL on the quantity of affordable housing delivered

This project, conducted jointly with the University of Sheffield, estimated the impacts of the changes in Section 106 (S106), with the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL, on the quantity of affordable housing delivered for the National Housing Federation.


Read more at: Cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations

Cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations

This project involved conducting a cost benefit analysis of lighting adaptations for the Thomas Pocklington Trust, a charity providing housing, care and support for people with sight loss in the UK. The output compares the costs of lighting adaptations to estimates of the costs of falls by elderly...


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