Land availability constraints and prospects for addressing the housing shortage in Portsmouth

Wilson, Stephen (2011) Land availability constraints and prospects for addressing the housing shortage in Portsmouth. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The UK housing supply is not meeting housing demand, and hundreds of thousands of people are now on housing waiting lists countrywide. The problem is particularly bad in Portsmouth: the city has over 2,500 people on its housing waiting list with well over 8,000 total applicants. This situation is worsened by the fact that there are very scarce amounts of land available to housing developers.

    The aim of this study was to assess the land availability constraints and prospects for addressing the housing shortage in Portsmouth. This will include investigating the land available for development, the housing situation in Portsmouth, the City Council's plans, and the developer‟s views of the situation.

    Interviews and questionnaires were carried out in order to collect the opinions of the City Council and the developers. Three themes that became apparent throughout the course of this investigation: the lack of availabile land for new housing development and the subsequent need to release land for development, the lack of finance available, and the ineffective nature of that which already exists. The results show that the outlook of the Council is much more positive than that of the developers, with the Council suggesting the development of substantial amounts of housing simply requires time and careful planning.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2011 09:54
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:48
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/5392

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