An assessment of land use sources of barriers and the community-based housing model in the UK

Oladotun, A and Ahmed, V 2014, 'An assessment of land use sources of barriers and the community-based housing model in the UK' , International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, 7 (4) , 539 -558.

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Purpose – The aim of this study is to define land use policy sources of barriers to community-based housing options in practice.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper accentuated the need to tackle land use sources of barrier to Community Land Trust (CLT) performance, through text analysis of semi-structured interview responses from key stakeholders.
Findings – This study found out that there is a need to ameliorate stakeholder approach to community-based housing (CBH), which is hampered by restrictive land use sources of barriers that occur in an urban and rural context. These barriers were found to include both planning inadequacies and a systemic inefficient network of knowledge transfer practices between stakeholders. Recommendations include the need for drastic policy intervention through the political willingness to address Section 106 shortcomings in the choice of affordable housing supply models, and the inaccessibility of land below market rate in an endogenous prescriptive planning system.
Practical implications – This paper highlights the subjective limitations of the CLT model in regards to grey areas between setting boundaries to what is an acceptable level of concessions to CBH and the socio-economic impact or benefits of a completely deregulated social housing system. These boundaries do vary from system to system, hence the need for UK housing institutions to address identified inherent barrier sources and their reconciliation with international best practices. Therefore, greater roles can be accorded to the CLT model in the UK affordable housing dynamics based on its confirmed strengths and merits.
Originality/value – This paper adds to literature through the practical identification and interpretation of various key stakeholder perspectives on sources of CLT barriers and an idealised strategy to tackling them accordingly. This contributes to the housing affordability debate on the viability of CBH options, and how it could be invariably hampered by direct and indirect effects of planning and restrictive land use policies in practice.

Keywords: Community-based housing, Community land trust, Restrictive land use policy, Urban and rural context, Stakeholders, Housing supply models

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1753-8270
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Professor V Ahmed
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2016 10:59
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 17:06

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