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School researchers contribute to policy report

Devolution and the Housing Market (IPPR)

Dhruv Sookhoo (Visiting Lecturer/ Member of RIBA Housing Group) and Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones (Professor of Town Planning/ Director of Newcastle City Futures) have contributed to an Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report: Closer to Home: Next Steps in Planning and Devolution, prepared in partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects

Other participants included representatives of architectural practice and the Department for Communities and Local Government, Institution of Civil Engineers, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor, Construction Industry Council and the North East Chamber of Commerce. 

The report considers the potential of devolution to respond to the different housing opportunities, challenges and requirements across varying housing markets across the UK.  The report identifies ways devolution is already influencing housing delivery and makes recommendations for how regionally specific devolution deals could inform future investment, realising local plans and derisk planning to improve design quality and address issues of viability.

Professor Mark Tewdwr-Jones, Director of Newcastle City Futures commented: "Even though devolution in the North East remains uncertain at present, future housing provision, the proactive role of planning and the engagement of the region’s design and construction professions, remain highly relevant and essential ongoing tasks for the region. This report should be read by all those interested in the future of our communities.” 

Dhruv Sookhoo said: “The report makes a valuable contribution to the devolution debate, by connecting emerging forms of city politics with the potential for specific devolved powers over planning and housing investment to address local housing market conditions to promote more, better quality homes”.

The publication will be launched on the 31 October 2016 at an event hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University with speakers including: Ruth Reed, Past President of the RIBA and Chair of the RIBA Planning Group, Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (Shadow Local Government and Housing Minister/ Member of Parliament for Durham City) and Sean Anstee (Councillor and Conservative candidate for the Greater Manchester Mayoralty).  

published on: 31 October 2016