“Welcome the poor to your neighbourhood!?”: the successes and failures of affordable housing provision in Portsmouth

Quartermain, Daniel (2009) “Welcome the poor to your neighbourhood!?”: the successes and failures of affordable housing provision in Portsmouth. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The research begins by establishing that affordable housing policies and targets are presented by the Department for Communities and Local Government through Delivering Affordable Housing and Planning Policy Statement 3: Housing. It goes on to examine how these targets are met through Section 106 agreements that aim to ensure that developers provide a minimum amount of their property as affordable on sites of a certain capacity. It was established that housing is most commonly provided as affordable when the property is purchased by a local housing authority such as the Portsmouth Housing Association who gradually sell the property to the resident through a payment scheme. The interviews showed how it is possible that policy will change in the near future to lower site thresholds nationwide whilst being undecided on the future within Portsmouth. The research also gave that it is entirely possible that neighbouring property values are lowered but because the policy is so young and the current property market is so weak, any figures are polluted and cannot be conclusive. The main conclusion reached by the research is that whilst affordable housing targets are being met in Portsmouth, overall housing provision is far from being met in the South East. Therefore, the policy must be given more time to develop before significant changes are made because otherwise the overall supply of housing may suffer. As developers are already avoiding certain sites and favouring others that will not be affected by the policy, lowering thresholds in an attempt to increase affordable housing supply may achieve the opposite and act to further stunt, the already failing, supply.

    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/986

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