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The best from previous years

Scroll down for the best of the papers, research pieces and policy publications from before 2016. To view each report click on the front cover. If the report has been reviewed by our Editorial Panel you will see a small pencil/pad icon below the headlines and you will be taken to the review page first.  We also hold a page of relevant reports from the, now dissolved, National Housing and Planning Advice Unit (NHPAU) here.



Review of Housing Supply

Dame Kate Barker, March 2004

A report that really set the agenda for more house building by demonstrating the negative economic impact of building homes at below an annual rate of 200,000-240,000. It makes a strong case that building in response to a financial bubble exaggerates the downturn. Recognises the economic importance of location rather than just build numbers.

The Lyons Housing Review

Sir Michael Lyons, 2015

Comprehensive report covering how to better release and use public sector land, give councils freedoms, ensuring tenancies follow need and are not for life and a call for better data.

Review of the barriers to institutional investment in private rented homes

Sir Adrian Montague for DCLG, 2012

A far reaching analysis and assessment of how to increase the quantity of homes in the private rented sector.

Ends and Means: The Future roles of social housing in England

John Hills, ERC, 2007

John Hills assembles a wealth of material in a report that made an impact in understanding how social housing helps communities and social mobility.

Freeing Housing Associations

Chris Walker, Policy Exchange, 2014

This review of financial capacity and scope to increase building rates in the housing association sector has influenced policy.

Elphike-House Report into the local authority role in housing supply

Natalie Elphike and Keith House for DCLG, 2015

If you want to better understand the constraints and potential of local authority house building this is the report for you.

Approaches to tenancy management in the social housing sector

Mary-Kathryn Rallings, HACT, 2014

A great summary of how housing associations can improve social mobility, aspirations and the potential to free up housing stock.

The potential impact of extra care on local housing need

Aster Living Case Studies

A brief but useful analysis of the housing stock tied up by older owner occupiers that seeks to demonstrate the downsizing multiplier effect. Every one person rehoused in extra-care provides released capacity for two-three.

Credit constraints and the composition of housing sales. Farewell to First-time buyers.

Felippe Carozzi, SERC/LSE 2015

All you need to know about the current state of the first time buyer market and the economic implications.

What will the housing market look like in 2040

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Mark Stephens et al, 2014

This research explores how the housing market is likely to change in the coming decades and how this effects poverty and living rents.

The impact of migration on access to housing and the housing market

LSE, December 2011

A report for the Migration Advisory Committee that looks at the impactfo Tier 1 and 2 migrants on the market for housing.

Immigration and the Access to Social Housing in the UK

Centre for Economic Performance, April 2014.

Looks at the effect of immigration on access to social housing.  Subscribers to the Economic Journal may also like to read 'Immigration and House Prices in the UK' by Filipa Sa.


Every Tenant Matters: A review of social housing regulation

DCLG, Martin Cave, June 2007

Fundamental review that led to the TSA/HCA.  Also recommended the setting up of national tenancy body.

Perspectives on Ageing and Housing.

Hanover; Lord Best and nine thinktanks, September 2013 

Hanover's comprehensive analysis into how housing and attitudes need to respond to an ageing population.  The above is the final summary chapter.  All the other chapters are available here

Innovative financing of affordable housing, international and UK perspectives

Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Kenneth Gibb, Duncal Maclennan & Mark Stephens, March 2013

This report reviews international evidence from selected case studies, as well
as examples from specific UK nations. It also looks in detail at a small set of
specific case study policies.

Delivering Large Scale Housing

Joe Sarling & Richard Blyth, RTPI, September 2013

A report that tries to cut through the 'too liberal/too bureaucratic' debate on the UK planning system. Includes 15 recommendations.

Planning as 'market maker'
How planning is used to stimulate development in Germany, France & Netherlands

Alex Lord, Phil O'Brien, Olivier Sykes, John Sturzaker, RTPI, University of Liverpool, November 2015.

An in depth analysis into the planning lessons we can learn from our continental neighbours


Building the homes we need

KPMG and Shelter, October 2013

This report has been written through close collaboration between housing policy, financial and housing market experts in KPMG and Shelter. It draws on a wide range of expertise and new research to address the problems
and propose solutions.

Factors Affecting Housing Build-out Rates

Dept of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow for CLG,  David Adams and Chris Leishman, February 2008 

This report seeks to explain housing ‘build-out’ rates, by drawing on relevant academic and practice literature, national survey work among 18 housebuilders and a particular local example, where one large site has been developed by ten separate companies. 

The Effectiveness of Government Regeneration Initiatives

ODPM Select Committee, 2003

Contains a number of useful insights into the key components of effective regeneration.

Rethinking planning obligations balancing housing numbers and affordability

JRF, Sue Brownill, Youngha Cho, Ramin Keivani, Ilir Nase, Lesley Downing,
Dave Valler, Nicholas Whitehouse and Penny Bernstock, July 2015

Planning obligations have emerged as one of the main ways in which new affordable homes are built but
their operation varies according to local housing market conditions and has been affected by recent policy changes. This research re-examines the effectiveness of planning obligations and uses case study research to identify how the supply of
affordable housing can be increased in areas where planning obligations are not meeting local needs.