Housing delivery is attracting a great deal of political interest in the run up to the 2015 General Election. Our Planning for Housing Network event will look at two of the latest examinations of housing delivery.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) will shortly publish new research into the use of planning obligations; their research studied the factors which affect the performance of planning obligations and emerging alternatives in six contrasting housing areas in England. They note that in a context in which discussion of the numbers of homes needed dominates, identifying effective mechanisms and strategies to ensure enough of those homes are affordable to those on lowest incomes is a key priority.
Sue Brownill of Oxford Brookes University, who led the research for JRF, will outline the findings and explore the issues arising.
The Lyons Review recently published its Report 'Mobilising across the nation to build the homes our children need’. The Report says: "the problem is not about those who sit on planning committees, or even those who advise them, it is about addressing the public’s concern that houses are often built in the wrong place, for the wrong people and without adequate attention to the pressures created for existing infrastructure. We therefore emphasise the importance of creating attractive places and housing for all."
Malcolm Sharp MRTPI was one of the Lyons Review Commissioners and he will outline the Report's recommendations and will be able to explain the thinking behind them.
The RTPI has recently published two very relevant Policy Papers with a series of recommendations for decision-makers. Delivering Large Scale Housing: Unlocking Schemes and Sites to Help Meet the UK's Housing Needs, was developed around six roundtables that were held in England and Scotland, as well as a call for evidence. Strategic Planning: Beyond "Cooperation" looks at the experience in England prior to a UK Paper being published next month.
Joe Kilroy is a Policy Officer for the RTPI and he will use these papers to outline the RTPI position on housing delivery.
As always, available places are limited and so early booking is advised.
There are companion events to this being held in Manchester, London, Bradford & Swindon.