Sign relating to affordable housing in national park
Housing Corporation and Countryside Agency
- Professor Martin Elson (Department of Planning), co-director, OISD:SPU
- Liz Cairncross (Department of Planning), co-director, OISD:UPM
- Lesley Downing (Department of Planning), project manager, OISD:SPU
- Andrew Chadwick (Department of Planning), OISD:IAU
- Dr Lucy Nichol, formerly Dept of Planning, Oxford Brookes, currently South Oxfordshire District Council
- Dr Steve Green, Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University
- total grant value: £62,674
- time duration: March 2003-March 2004
Examine the need for affordable and supported housing in the context of the National Parks’ housing markets and with reference to National Park Purposes; Establish the key obstacles and opportunities (at national, regional and local level) for developing affordable and supported housing in National Parks; Identify and provide guidance on ways of improving the provision of affordable and supported housing provision in National Parks, and securing it to meet the needs of local communities in the long term.
Initially, National Park Officers with a remit for housing were interviewed. A more detailed investigation was then undertaken at the regional and local authority level. Selected Planning Policy Officers, Registered Social Landlords, Rural Housing Enablers, voluntary organisations offering support services to housing providers, and tenants groups were interviewed to give examples of innovative practice.
- Discussions with stakeholders from the National Park
- Authorities, Government Regional Offices, Local Planning andHousing Authorities, Housing Associations and Rural Housing Enablers prompted the following key recommendations:
- National Park Authorities' duty to foster the economic and social welfare of local communities should be elevated in importance.
- National Park Authorities’ officers require more knowledge of housing practice and management. This could be developed by Rural Housing Enablers as part of their role within a National Park Authority.
- Key agencies and groups should continue to develop effective strategic and operational joint working practices for the provision of both affordable and supported housing.
- New ways of securing affordable private homes in perpetuity are needed, if National Park Authorities are to effectively ensure that housing remains 'more affordable'.
- National Park Authorities and local authorities should work in partnership to achieve a Supporting People strategy that identifies needs and delivers services in National Parks where appropriate.
- Eighteen case studies demonstrating innovative practice are grouped within the body of the final report to provide a ‘fit’ with the recommendations.
Green, S., Cairncross, L and Downing, L. (2004) Planning for Affordable Housing: Lessons from the English National Parks. Paper presented to the Housing Studies Association Conference, Belfast, September.
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