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Local Authority Direct Delivery of Housing: 2019 Continuation Research

This 2019 research explores how and why local authorities are directly delivering new housing in England. In particular it considers the role of planners in this process. It was funded by RTPI, RTPI East Midlands, RTPI North East and RTPI North West.

Report authors:

Professor Janice Morphet, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL
Dr Ben Clifford, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL

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The authors would like to acknowledge the funding of the RTPI for this research, and the support of their staff (particularly Tom Kenny). The direct survey was funded separately by GL Hearn. We are hugely grateful to all our roundtable attendees and interviewees for their time and willingness to participate in this research. The interpretation of all data is, of course, our own. Finally, we would also acknowledge our Research Advisory Group members for their time and advice. The group members were:

  • Sarah Davis, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Mike De-Ath, HTA Design LLP, architect
  • Mike Kiely, Planning Officers Society
  • Ken Lee, Reeveswood Consulting, chair of CIPFA Housing Panel
  • Gilian Macinnes, Gilian Macinnes Associates
  • Tony Mulhall, RICS
  • Andrew Piatt, Gateley Plc, solicitor
  • Nick Porter, LGA

Read the report


1) Introduction
2) Key findings
3) Conclusions and recommendations


For more information about this research RTPI