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Complete list of publications and presentations, with the most recent at the top.
Increasing land supply for housing
Dr Gemma Burgess and Sarah Monk discuss the findings from their RICS research paper into the mechanisms available to increase housing land supply.
Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: Interim Report
The Interim Report from the Evaluation of the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (often referred to as the 'bedroom tax'), carried out jointly by CCHPR and Ipsos Mori, has been published. The report explores the effects of the cuts to Housing Benefit for working age social housing tenants who are deemed to be under-occupying their home.
Economic analysis of the Wisbech travel to work area
The University of Cambridge was commissioned to undertake an economic analysis of the Wisbech travel to work area in order to help address the current and future challenges facing Wisbech and to maximise the opportunities available to the town and its surrounding area as set out in the Wisbech 2020 Vision.
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.
Mechanisms to increase housing land supply in England and Wales
A recent review conducted by CCHPR identified measures taken successfully in other countries to bring land forward for housing (Monk et al, 2013). However, it showed that in England and Wales many of these mechanisms are already available or in place in some form. This new research funded by the RICS builds on the review to identify case study examples where the mechanisms have been used successfully.
The role of the private rented sector in preventing homelessness: Identifying good practice and the impact of policy change
The report is in three main parts: identifying good practice; implications of welfare reform; and strategies, solutions and models. The report concluded that while there were clearly many challenges facing private rented sector access schemes in the coming months and years, there were also many examples of good practice in addressing them. Overall, while there was no single solution that works in all housing markets, PRS access schemes were piloting a range of approaches and responding well to the challenges posed by welfare reform. The situation in London was more difficult, but nevertheless schemes were optimistic. PRS access schemes had grown over the previous ten years and seemed likely to continue to do so, despite the challenges posed by welfare reforms.
Managing hearing loss in vulnerable groups of the Cambridgeshire D/deaf communities
This study is the second of two pieces of research exploring the use of different services in Cambridgeshire by people who are D/deaf.
The changing delivery of planning gain through Section 106 and the Community Infrastructure Levy
The aim of this research was to consider the issues shaping the delivery of planning obligations through S106 and to explore the potential impact of the new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), particularly on the delivery of affordable housing.
Scoping study on service use by the Cambridgeshire D/deaf communities
This study explored the use of different services in Cambridgeshire by people who are D/deaf. The research identified several gaps in knowledge about particular groups within the D/deaf community as well as gaps in services in Cambridgeshire.
Social housing in the East: Challenges for the region and implications for the UK
This report informed the strategic thinking of national and local government and the social housing sector. It also aimed to build public understanding of the key challenges and opportunities that the region would face in the future.
International review of land supply and planning systems
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation published an international review of land supply and planning systems conducted by CCHPR, looking at what works and whether successful mechanisms from other countries could be transferred to the UK context. The review suggested that land supply was a key issue contributing to housing market volatility and the problems of housing affordability in the UK.
The role of the planning system in delivering housing choice for older Londoners, Report
This study was commissioned by the Greater London Authority to investigate the role of planning in meeting the housing needs of older Londoners. Partly a ‘think piece’, the study looked specifically at the role of the planning system in helping to ensure that older Londoners have a choice of homes that they can afford and which meet their requirements for different sizes and types of dwellings in high quality environments. The study also included original research on the scale of need for specialist housing at local level.
Changing the profile of social housing: The impact of prioritising working applicants on letting patterns - Working Note
Analysis by CCHPR models the likely impact of allocating a larger proportion of social housing to working households.
The private rented sector in the new century – a comparative approach
This study examines the role of regulation in the private rented sector across 11 European countries. A key finding is that well-conceived and well-managed regulation can enhance the private rented sector for both tenants and landlords.
Capturing planning gain – The transition from Section 106 to the Community Infrastructure Levy
The Community Infrastructure Levy came into force in April 2010 (DCLG, 2011a), allowing local authorities in England and Wales to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in their area. The money could be used to fund a wide range of infrastructure needed as a result of development. This research for the RICS explores the issues arising in the transition to the new system.
Rural housing at a time of economic change
This research was funded by the Commission for Rural Communities in order to improve understanding of likely future changes in housing markets in rural areas in England in the wider context of changing housing market pressures and government policies on affordable housing and Housing Benefit. It aimed to provide up-to-date evidence to enable CRC, Defra and other government agencies to influence housing policy at national and local levels and ensure that these policies are rural-proofed.
Funding future homes
The National Housing Federation wanted to produce a vision of the sector beyond 2015. As part of this work, CCHPR produced a substantial background report drawing together the evidence, including an appendix on development and funding models. The NHF produced an Executive Summary, which is also available here.
Evaluation of FirstStop: Phase 2 Reports
The reports present the findings from an ongoing evaluation by the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, which is analysing and informing the development of the FirstStop service. The new initiative aims to provide older people, their families and carers with a one-stop shop for advice on issues like home improvements and care. Users can call on a freephone number, or visit a website, to obtain independent, impartial information and advice on housing, care options, their rights and financial support. FirstStop also provides face to face advice and assistance locally e.g. helping older people to move to a more suitable home.
Memorandum submitted to the House of Commons Communities & Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the financing of new housing supply
A memorandum was submitted to the House of Commons Communities & Local Government Select Committee inquiry into the financing of new housing supply from the University of Sheffield, University of Cambridge and the LSE.
Providing the evidence base for local housing demand and need assessments, Report
In the context of uncertainty over the need for an evidence base to support local authority plans for new housing, this report for Shelter presents the findings of research into the views of local authorities and stakeholders as to what might be feasible and useful to help them with their plans.
Evaluation of Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers programme: Final report
This project evaluated the implementation, operation and success of the Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazers programmes. These aimed to develop innovative approaches to delivering housing services, extending to wider client groups and linking housing advice to wider advice about a range of issues. This work was lead by CCHPR, with involvement from Birmingham University (Centre for Urban and Regional Analysis) and Shared Intelligence.
North Hertfordshire Under-occupation Study
This report was commissioned by North Herts Housing Partnership to assist them with the development of systems to identify under-occupiers and help them to meet their housing needs and aspirations. It reports the findings from a survey of tenants as well as analysis of other data sources.
Hidden Needs: Hidden Deprivation and Community Need in Suffolk. A Report to the Suffolk Foundation
Research by CCHPR commissioned by The Suffolk Foundation describes how even in a superficially affluent county like Suffolk, there are areas and families experiencing deprivation.
New Affordable Homes: What, for whom and where have Registered Providers been building between 1989 and 2009?
Using existing data sources, the purpose of this project was to provide a strong evidence base to show what the current provision of affordable housing built over the last 20 years looks like in terms of location, type of housing and size, and whether it is significantly different compared with past provision. The aim was to demonstrate what has been achieved in terms of investment in affordable housing, and to link this with tenant satisfaction.
Delivering local infrastructure and affordable housing through the planning system
Gemma Burgess, Sarah Monk and Christine Whitehead had a paper published in People, Place & Policy Online (2011): 5/1,pp1-11. Entitled 'Delivering local infrastructure and affordable housing through the planning system: the future of planning obligations through Section 106', the article draws on CCHPR's extensive research on Section 106.
Under-utilisation of the housing stock: Eight local case studies, Report
This report includes eight local authority case studies into exploring under-utilisation of the existing housing stock. It was commissioned by Shelter to feed into a wider strand of work and examines the issues of empty properties, second homes and under-occupation.
Mixed Communities Literature Review. Report to the Scottish Government: Communities Analytical Services
The Scottish Government commissioned CCHPR to write a literature review on the subject of mixed communities.
The Changing Role of Private Renting in Europe
This research suggests that it is economic pressures rather than government policies which have been most important in changing the role of private renting across Europe. The research, undertaken by LSE London with the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research and experts from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands found that demand for private renting is growing for four main reasons. First, in many places it has become harder to buy a home. Also, shifts in economic activity mean younger and more mobile people want to live in big cities and university towns, and the number of students (both national and international) in higher education has grown. Finally, there is some evidence that more young households are actively choosing to rent—some because of credit constraints and a growing feeling that home ownership is risky; others because renting privately offers better choice.
Evaluation of the Mixed Communities Demonstration Projects, Final Report
This is the final report of the evaluation of the Mixed Communities Initiative demonstration projects. It covers the period August 2006 to July 2009.
Response to the CLG Select Committee Inquiry on the abolition of regional spatial strategies for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) submitted a response to the CLG Committee’s Inquiry into the abolition of regional spatial strategies. This response was drafted on behalf of JRF by Gemma Burgess, Sarah Monk and Christine Whitehead, CCHPR, University of Cambridge, and Alison Bailey, Consultant Planner.

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Jan 12, 2021

Houses of Cards? The Rules and Institutions of Housing Illegality in Western Countries

Progress in Planning publish paper by Sonia Alves

Jan 05, 2021

The paper, Divergence in planning for affordable housing: A comparative analysis of England and Portugal, was published online, in December 2020, by Progress in Planning,

Four futures, one choice

Dec 14, 2020

Richmond Ehwi contributed to the CDBB's e-book, 'Four Futures, One Choice', which challenges its readers to think choose practices and lifestyles that use resources and data wisely.

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