An exploration of the UK’s housing deficit: issues surrounding the provision of new, affordable housing

Squibb, Benjamin (2015) An exploration of the UK’s housing deficit: issues surrounding the provision of new, affordable housing. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This research looked to explore the issues surrounding the provision of new, affordable housing. It looked closely at policy surrounding the provision of affordable housing and provided new insights from the views of professionals.

    There is an undeniable fact that the demand for housing is not being met through the current housing supply system. The deficit in housing is increasing further each year and, with the UK’s population growing and house prices rising, it is clear that a radical change in the provision of housing is needed. This failure to meet housing requirements in the private housing market has had a knock on effect to affordable housing provision. Statistics showed how the proportion of new, affordable housing produced each year is in decline. This is a result of Property Developers working towards avoiding affordable housing contributions. These contributions are forced onto Property Developers through obligations under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. Under these obligations Property Developers proposing a new housing development are required to provide an affordable housing contribution. This may be in the form of housing, finance or land contributions. These obligations are imposed by Local Authorities but the affordable housing is dealt with by Housing Associations, who work on behalf of Local Authorities to provide the affordable and social housing needs. The issue however is not just a case of building more, as there were clear conflicting interests regarding the tenure type that need to be produced. The effectiveness of the policy is regularly criticised by professionals within the industry and it was important to gain their perceptions on the issue in order to make suggestions for change.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Alice Bentley
    Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2015 16:09
    Last Modified: 06 Aug 2015 16:09

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