Abstracts: October 21st, 2002

By Tony Crook, Jennie Currie, Alastair Jackson, Sarah Monk. Steven Rowley, Kerry Smith and Christine WhiteheadThis report summarizes the findings of an evaluation of the impact of planning agreements on affordable homes. The research was funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, with the Housing Corporation, the Countryside Agency, the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Town Planning Institute. The growing use of ‘planning gain’ powers to secure social housing from developers has done little to raise the total number of affordable homes being provided. The financial contributions from developers have been relatively modest, and most homes have still needed subsidy from the limited pot of public money available. However, planning gain arrangements have enabled affordable housing to be built on recycled, ‘brownfield’ land that would not otherwise have been viable.

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