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“Inclusionary housing policy in England: the impact of the downturn on the delivery of affordable housing through Section 106” – just published in the Journal of Housing and the Built Environment by Dr Nicky Morrison and Dr Gemma Burgess.

The purpose of this article is to explore how negotiations between local authorities and developers with regard to meeting S106 have altered during the economic downturn in England. Drawing on recent empirical research, and through the use of case studies, the article highlights the ways in which S106 agreements have been renegotiated at the site level, with the discretionary nature of the planning system allowing compromises to be made. Despite S106 being tied to market activity, with developer contributions being reduced in a downturn, it remains an important policy tool in securing affordable housing and achieving inclusionary housing goals within England to date.

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