Published: 29th Mar 2018

The social value act is empowering local councils to develop housing that with greater social and environmental value, as Jamie Hailstone reports. The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has published a new guide to help developers and local authorities deliver social value in new developments. The guide, Social Value in New Developments, looks at how social value can be provided in three key areas – jobs and economic growth; health, wellbeing and the environment; and strength of community. It notes that social value is ‘not understood in a consistent way’ by different local authorities and developers. ‘There is a general lack of understanding of the potential social value of high quality development and the scope of outcomes that can be achieved from new development,’ the report states. ‘There is sometimes a lack of knowledge on how to develop strategies that will embed social value across new developments.’ It adds that … (To read the full article, subscribe below)