The contribution of substantial historic building conversion addressing the South East's housing targets

Marsh, Elizabeth (2008) The contribution of substantial historic building conversion addressing the South East's housing targets. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    As the population of England continues to increase, especially in the South East, so does the demand for housing, but there is a lack of supply of developable land to satisfy this demand. This dissertation focuses on achieving housing targets in the South East and suggests that these could be supported with the help of converting historic buildings into residential properties. An extensive literature review gave conflicting results. Some people wanted to preserve our heritage in a traditional way at all costs and others had suggested adapting these estates into institutional use which in many cases has proved to be a costly exercise. Other solutions needed to be found. Primary data was collected, first, by way of a convenience survey and this was used to help formulate questions for, secondly, interviews with estate agents, developers, the Regional Government Agency and an owner of an estate. The questions sought to examine the opinions of these groups towards heritage property and its role. Two completed case studies were used to add support to the research. The dissertation concludes that the cost of converting a substantial historic building into residential use is not discouraging developers, but the communities most in need of housing are not being targeted because of the financial implications as well as the impact of planning restrictions, making it more likely for developers to target a more affluent market.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/948

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