Planning for later life … where does retirement housing fit in strategic planning?

How does the planning system recognise and reflect the needs of different social groups for housing and amenities? And how should planning respond to current demographic trends? You would assume that these questions would be central concerns of strategic planning and local plan creation, given the long-term view that these processes require. Arguably however, statutory […]

Hacking against homelessness: how technology is rising to the housing challenge

Our recent “Ideas in practice” briefing for our members highlighted the difficulties in calculating the numbers of homeless people. And, as we’ve previously reported, the official figures don’t reflect the full scale of the problem. But there’s little doubt that homelessness continues to affect large numbers of people. Worldwide, more than 1.6 billion people are […]

Housing matters: our recent publications cover issues from homelessness to housing and health

By Heather Cameron The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) annual conference and exhibition, the largest housing-focused event in Europe, takes place this week. Over the next three days the conference will examine and explore the political and policy environment, the economic outlook and the latest thinking across the sector. A variety of topics will be addressed, […]

Hoarding and housing: person-centred approaches to a growing problem

Most people have possessions in their homes that they can’t bring themselves to throw out, from clothes and furniture to photographs, books and ornaments. But the growth of clutter around the house can sometimes escalate to become so severe that it causes significant risks to the health and wellbeing of residents and their neighbours. For […]

Digital inclusion in practice: how Reading Room is helping social housing tenants go online

In 2012, a Housing Technology report found that almost half of the UK’s adult population who do not use the internet live in social housing. The report’s contributors (including the Chartered Institute of Housing, the National Housing Federation and Peabody housing association) argued that digital inclusion gives tenants more choice and control and better access […]

Support for the squeezed middle: could public subsidies tackle London’s housing crisis?

A new report from the Centre for London has highlighted the potential of intermediate housing in supporting Londoners on middle incomes. The report – Fair to Middling – argues that not only could publicly-subsidised housing help those on modest incomes in London find better places to live, but could play a vital role in ensuring […]

New ideas for housing in London

2015 was the year London’s population reached 8.6 million, a peak figure last reached in 1939. The capital’s population is set to rise by a further 1.6 million over the next 20 years, and by 2050 may have reached 11 million, more than the current combined populations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The rising […]

Can Housing Zones help the housing crisis?

By James Carson The UK government believes that brownfield land has a crucial role in meeting the need for new homes. But development of brownfield sites has often been held back because of the need for high upfront capital and delays in obtaining planning permission. Last year, a new programme of Housing Zones (HZs) was […]

Starter Homes: affordable housing at an unaffordable cost?

By James Carson A report from homelessness charity Shelter has suggested that one of the UK government’s key affordable homes initiatives will be out of reach for many people on average incomes. The ‘Starter Homes’ initiative was launched in December 2014, offering first time buyers under the age of 40 in England a discount of […]

Designing for wildlife – can new housing developments support biodiversity?

By Morwen Johnson Britain has a reputation as both a nation of wildlife lovers and garden lovers. Many native species however are under threat, so conservation groups are increasingly highlighting the positive contribution that private green space can make to providing wildlife habitats, especially in urban areas. And with over 240,000 new homes needed each […]