New research from REP looks critically at the shared ownership housing choices

23 February 2015

New research from REP looks critically at the shared ownership housing choices

Dr Anupam Nanda and Professor Gavin Parker from the School of Real Estate & Planning, have published new research which critically examines the shared ownership housing schemes in England.

New research by REP academics, Dr Anupam Nanda and Professor Gavin Parker, critically examines the shared ownership housing schemes in England. Planners in England routinely include shared ownership (SO) housing in the affordable housing element of new developments. Government policies in a number of European countries have also backed intermediate housing market mechanisms as a solution to housing affordability. The rhetoric of such mechanisms makes claims about its social progressiveness, its role in facilitating socio-economic mobility and helping people move from rented accommodation into full owner-occupation. SO schemes in England have been justified on the grounds of being transitional tenures and planners have accepted SO on this basis. However, given the paucity of rigorous empirical work, there is a concern that this is a policy based on assumption rather than evidence. This research delineates existing knowledge, clarifies dimensions of the intermediate housing market and highlights underlying policy issues based on a large data-set of shared owners in England. The analysis indicates that SO may not be appropriately classified as affordable housing, and justifiable policy requires further evidence.

The research paper is published in the journal - Planning Practice and Research http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02697459.2015.1008801#abstract .

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