Assessing local housing requirements: a study with reference to planning practice

Guillou, N.J.H., 1990. Assessing local housing requirements: a study with reference to planning practice. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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Making provision for new housing is a key function of development plans. The demographic approach is an established method for determining Structure Plan housing provision, but there exists no sufficiently comprehensive study of component techniques. The thesis includes a detailed study of the demographic approach. In the mid-1980's, Coopers and Lybrand identified a number of indicators of housing demand for planning authorities to use in policy formulation. The thesis builds on this work by subjecting the recommended indicators to a rigorous evaluation. Recent interest in Structure Plans has tended to focus on the South-East. In recognition of the need to consider practice elsewhere the East Midlands is chosen as a context within which to select themes for detailed consideration. The thesis includes an assessment of current practice in Nottinghamshire and neighbouring counties in the region. The Nottinghamshire study encompasses both the strategy and implementation of the existing Structure Plan, and the proposals of the 1989/90 review. In these counties, . balancing housing demand against other planning considerations essentially means making provision for an "unconstrained" increase in households at broad spatial scales, with "non-demand" factors ass\iming increasing significance at progressively local levels. Forecasting exercises are becoming increasingly pragmatic. Intuitive assumptions are made regarding migration, while the assumptions underpinning DoE headship rates are rarely questioned in the Structure Plan process. The plans give only very limited attention to tenure and the qualitative aspects of housing. The contribution which Coopers and Lybrand's indicators could make to strategic planning is limited, principally because they relate to the interaction of market forces at particular points in time. Nevertheless, the case-study research would suggest that while strategic planning is still important, the nature of strategic planning is changing. Policies in Nottinghamshire have been interpreted flexibly, and there is an increasing tendency to engage in more frequent reviews.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Guillou, N.J.H.
Date: 1990
ISBN: 9781369324129
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 10 Nov 2020 16:10
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2023 10:08

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