GL Hearn launches Housing research with Bartlett School of Planning at UCL

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13 September 2018

GL Hearn, in collaboration with the research team at the Bartlett School of Planning at UCL led by Professor Janice Morphet and Dr. Ben Clifford, is supporting national research into local authority housing development.

The trend for councils across the country to become developers in their own right, either through their housing revenue accounts, local housing companies or joint venture arrangements shows no signs of slowing. 

The research is designed to investigate the motivators for councils to become directly involved in housing delivery and to assess the funding mechanisms that enable this to happen. 

The survey is open to all local authorities and will gather the views of local planners, housing staff and members. Field work will be conducted over September with a series of regional round table focus groups hosted by GL Hearn in October and November. 

Jules Bickers, Director of Housing Consultancy at GL Hearn said “The growth in local authority development is arguably the most significant trend of the last couple of years.  Many of our local authority clients are involved in housing delivery, some at the early stages of working through their options and others already delivering substantial numbers of new homes.  This research, fronted by the exceptional talents of Janice and Ben, will do two things: in the first place it will quantify the activity across the country and identify the ingredients of success around structures, tax, tenure, governance, funding and delivery and secondly, it will bring together developing local authorities and support their sharing, learning and the emergence of best practice through a growing community.”

The first stage of fieldwork is an online survey open to all local authorities.  To take part in the research, and book a place at one of the regional round tables in Bristol, Birmingham, Cambridge, London and Manchester, please follow this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C9ZHCDH.

For further Information please contact Jules Bickers.

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The growth in local authority development is arguably the most significant trend of the last couple of years. Many of our local authority clients are involved in housing delivery, some at the early stages of working through their options and others already delivering substantial numbers of new homes."
Jules Bickers
Director of Housing Consultancy

GL Hearn

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