Dr. Youngha Cho
School of the Built Environment
Oxford Brookes University, U.K.
In July 2015 our research funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) published ‘Rethinking planning obligations: balancing housing numbers and affordability’ which reported on the decline in the delivery of affordable housing through S106 agreements and ways in which this could be addressed. Eighteen months on from this report, the housing crisis in England has not gone away and there have been further changes in housing markets and policy. In this study, we revisit and update the original findings with data from 2014/15 and 2015/16, focusing on the trend of affordability for low income households in relation to the recent policy changes and the changing ability of the English planning system to deliver affordable homes. The results show that the numbers delivered through S106 remain volatile and show no overall indication of increasing. However, S106 remains an important tool in ensuring affordable housing delivery, particularly in the South and East of the country. In terms of policy mechanisms a contradictory picture emerges with some local planning authorities using positive planning policies to maximise and enable effective s106 delivery. However, the national policy picture continues to erode the ability of planning to delivery affordable homes to those on lowest incomes. With further policy changes coming through the Housing White Paper and reforms to the National Planning Policy Framework, the role of planning obligations in delivering affordable housing needs to be protected and enhanced.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Youngha Cho is a senior lecturer in the School of the Built Environment, Oxford Brookes University in the UK. Prior to this she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research, University of Cambridge (2001-2004) and a researcher at the Korea Research Institute for Human Settlement (1986-1994). She holds a first class honours degree and master degree in management studies from Ewha University, Seoul, Korea and gained her PhD from London School of Economics and Political Science in 2000. Her research interests include micro analysis of housing market and house building industry, social and affordable housing, intermediate tenure and residential mobility. She has published several research papers in leading academic journals including Journal of Housing Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Real Estate Economics, Applied Economics and Construction Management and Economics. She is member of a variety of academic research bodies, such as ENHR, APNHR, ERES, AsREA and AREUEA.
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