The social housing deficit in England: an investigation into the impact of empty dwelling regeneration and utilisation as a potential solution to the shortage

Dalton, Harriet (2014) The social housing deficit in England: an investigation into the impact of empty dwelling regeneration and utilisation as a potential solution to the shortage. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The housing shortage in England is an undeniable truth that has become an increasing priority for government and local authorities nationally. Over the last decade, new development has simply not met increasing demand, and the deficit requires a boom in the construction industry to meet the housing needs of the country. Social housing has been particularly affected by the tightening of government budgets in a challenging fiscal climate. This project will look to consider an alternative solution, in the retrofit of the existing housing stock, investigating the viability of their use for social homes. This concept was developed through a genuine interest and moral dissatisfaction with the number of wasted assets in England, while there are thousands of families that are refused a basic human right-a home. Literature will provide context and knowledge, which is important for any research project, providing a detailed background for primary research to build upon. In order to gauge an understanding of the extent to which empty homes could aid the deficit, it is necessary to assess its plausibility, through interviews with empty homes officers nationally, and two leading charities that seek to house those in need; Shelter and Empty Homes. These interviews add depth to the literature and provide perceptions that could not be gained through any other means. The research uncovered the complexity of regeneration, and led to a consensus that it would be a beneficial venture but is difficult to achieve for a number of reasons. Demographics, lack of legislation, and personal circumstances all pose challenges regarding the creation of a national regeneration project, which is further hindered by the financial constraints of local authorities (LAs) and property owners. Despite this, empty homes officers are keen to see empty homes brought back into use and nearly 50% of empty homes are almost habitable. An extra ‘push’ could therefore provide much needed housing, and with LA intervention and enforcement, social housing. Regeneration requires the dedication of LAs and empty homeowners to ease pressure on the construction industry and create more sustainable communities, but unfortunately, empty homes will always ‘blight’ England for varying reasons.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 15:00
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:47
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16447

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