Over the last almost 60 years the way people live has changed, the technology we have in our homes was inconceivable in the post war years, the size and structure of households has evolved and people live longer with many more active years after retirement. The way that homes are designed perhaps has not kept up with these changes: there is a mismatch between what is available and what people aspire to.
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Brisbane’s inner city is one of only a few places in the world where there is an industry in literally moving houses. This is because the traditional ‘Queenslander’, as it is called, is made of weatherboard, squats on stumps, and can be lifted intact onto the back of an articulated lorry and carted to its next location.
It is easy to think about the housing crisis as if it were a single and relatively crude problem of just too few homes. In many ways this is readily understandable and easy to communicate, to paraphrase Bob Geldof, ‘just build the #[email protected]*% homes!’ And at one level, this is true. However, the reality is much more complex and messier, making it easy for policy makers to focus on one dimension and offer a single solution.
Two years on from when the builders and bulldozers moved in, there is a feeling that real, long-term regeneration is happening in the Anfield neighbourhood.
Changes affecting the wider housing sector also affect community-led housing providers; loss of properties through the Right to Buy, coupled with the proposed rent reductions, threaten the viability of business plans and reduce the borrowing potential needed to build new homes.
Marks Out Of Tenancy is a website set to launch at the end of 2015, where a picture of the rental market is offered through the eyes of the tenant.
The announcement in the last budget of a 1% decrease in rents has presented a real challenge to councils and housing associations alike. The cumulative impact is to make development schemes undeliverable and challenge whether plans of improvements to homes are affordable. Achieving better value for money is a mantra for us all, but what does and should this mean?
There has always been a strand of opinion that saw housing associations as undemocratic and unaccountable, taking on responsibilities that properly belonged to elected councils. This has been made stronger by the transfer of local authority housing to associations whether for redevelopment or simply as a way of bringing in private capital.
The ‘northern powerhouse’ has already suffered one major setback. The decision to delay the introduction of new electric rolling stock on trans-Pennine lines has caused much gnashing of teeth and rightly so, the whole powerhouse edifice stands on the principle of connectivity. The logic of the northern powerhouse is that three of the five largest (more…)
To make town centres resilient they need to be more compact and have more space for pedestrians in order to provide places to stop and talk or window shop without causing an obstruction.