Collected her are some of the best papers, research pieces and policy publications from 2016 and earlier. We also hold relevant reports from the, now dissolved, NHPAU (National Housing and Planning Advice Unit).
Comparing (social) objectives for decision-making in housing associations
This report from 2006 (and entered into our archive section) focused on how Dutch housing associations adeptly prioritized their social goals during financially challenging times. The article delves into the implementation of an analytic hierarchy process, a methodology proven effective in board sessions. It facilitated the setting of priorities for each board member, establishing target levels and non-negotiables for objectives, while also determining the weights of these objectives. This process proved instrumental in guiding housing associations to strategically prioritize mitigation measures. I believe this article could offer valuable perspectives from the Dutch context. Sharing these insights in the International section might contribute to the diverse discourse on navigating challenges in the social housing sector.
A real treasure trove of data and recommendations that support the proposition that a lack of long term thinking, supply issues and generational inequality is reducing home ownership. The Oxford Economics report that modelled the macroeconomic drivers of house prices and home ownership and underpins the review is also available by clicking here. The full Redfern Review can be accessed by clicking the read button
Recommends government support to improve productivity by promoting prefabricated and other modern construction methods. Takes a post Brexit view of the shortage of labour and the impact this will have on delivering the housebuilding aspirations. Highlights potential issues related to the construction worker age demographic.
Rethinking planning obligations balancing housing numbers and affordability
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
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.
National Housing and Planning Advice Unit