Axis, vol.59, Sept./Oct. 2005, p.12
Demolition of surplus dwellings in County Durham has led to a steep rise in prices and an upsurge in homelessness. The charity Centrepoint has been working with a group of homeless young people in the locality to develop plans for a new self-build and self-renovation housing project.
Axis, vol.59, Sept/Oct 2005, p.14-15
The government's housing market renewal pathfinders are running into opposition from local groups fighting plans for large-scale demolition of homes and from owner-occupiers, most of whose wealth is tied up in their houses, and who object to their being pulled down. There is also concern that pathfinders have failed to engage with and win over local communities and a suspicion that the government may abandon the programme to save money.
G. Bramley and N.K. Karley
Housing Studies, vol.20, 2005, p.685-715
Paper proposes a standard set of assumptions that could be run across different populations, geographical areas and time periods to assess the state of access to, and affordability of, housing. These assumptions are as used in a recent UK official index, and define local geographical units, price thresholds, affordability criteria, target groups and reckonable incomes and wealth. The approach uses a combination of the two main approaches to affordability derived from the literature, a ratios approach supplemented by a residual income test. Measures of recent and prospective needs for additional affordable housing provision, derived from this analysis of affordability, are presented and assessed.
Housing, Care and Support, vol.8, Sept. 2005, p.9-11
Report summarises lessons from a project which experimented with various approaches to increase the involvement of young tenants in housing association decision-making.
Financial Times, October 11th 2005, p.2
A growing number of young families earn too much for housing benefit but are too poor to buy even the cheapest properties in their area, according to a study published today. There are 1.25m younger households in this state according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The research identified a gap that schemes such as shared ownership and affordable private renting could fill.
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 2005
In order to release more land for house building when needed a four step process is proposed:
(For comment see Axis, vol.59, Sept./Oct 2005, p.10-11)