Steven Tolson: Developer contributions in Scotland

On 9 July 2021, the Scottish Government published a report on The Value, Incidence and Impact of Developer Contributions in Scotland. The report is an independent piece of research on Section 75 planning obligations – the equivalent of Section 106 in England – and other developer contributions mechanisms. It draws on quantitative and qualitative evidence to assess the scale, use, spread, and effectiveness of existing mechanisms, and inform the Scottish Government’s wider review of developer contributions. The research concludes that the system is generally accepted as working well, albeit more so for affordable housing than for infrastructure contributions; but it could be improved if, among other things, 1) participants were better informed on performance and delivery through a coordinated and comprehensive monitoring system; and 2) local planning authorities shared good practice more widely. The report also highlights questions of equity in the provision of planning obligations between areas with high land values and those with low land values. At a recent meeting of the CaCHE Housing and Place Delivery Forum, we were joined by three of the report’s authors, Dr John Boyle, Prof Kath Scanlon and Stefano Smith, to discuss the key implications of their research. This blog, written by the chair of the HPDF, Steven Tolson, offers some reflections on the research and discussion.

Published 6 September 2021

Second report launched into wellbeing in private rented sector

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) will launch its latest report today which aims to increase understanding of how living in the private rented sector affects wellbeing.

Published 21 July 2021

Report: Health and Wellbeing in the private rented sector

The first of two papers looking at ‘Health and Wellbeing in the private rented sector’ has been published by the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) exploring the relationship between living in the private rented sector and subjective wellbeing.

Published 8 July 2021

Report: Current policies fail to ensure human right to an adequate home

Housing is a human right and ensuring that every household has an adequate house is one of the key obligations on the Scottish Government and local councils but a new report published by the Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO) has shown that not every household enjoys this right and current housing policies may not be doing enough to improve things.

Published 9 June 2021

Adriana Mihaela Soaita: The experiences of private tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic in Great Britain

In this blog, Adriana Mihaela Soaita from the University of Glasgow looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has augmented the importance of a good neighbourhood and a comfortable home to peoples’ health and wellbeing. They have also brought under the spotlight home’s vulnerabilities, which take a particular intensity in the private rental sector (PRS). It is thus timely and relevant to understand private tenants’ renting experiences during the pandemic, which I explored through the experiences of 60 respondents from Great Britain.

Published 3 June 2021

ALACHO and CaCHE prepare to unveil research into human right to adequate housing in Scotland

The Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO) and the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) are to launch a report on the human right to adequate housing in Scotland next week.

Published 1 June 2021

CaCHE reports aim to guide newly elected governments in housing policy change

In the run-up to national elections in Scotland and Wales, the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) is publishing new papers that set out evidence-informed priorities for the incoming governments of both nations.

Published 26 April 2021

Jennifer Harris: Innovating to improve access to advice for renters

Jennifer Harris, senior research associate at the UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE), looks at how new UK-wide research highlights examples of how services are adapting to improve access to advice and information for people living in the private rented sector. This is part of a wider programme of work funded by TDS Charitable Foundation and Safe Deposits Scotland Charitable Trust.

Published 6 April 2021

Ken Gibb: Stepping out on to the road - the Housing to 2040 roadmap

UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) director Ken Gibb welcomes the launch of the Housing to 2040 roadmap and, after reading it several times, reflects on its intent, actions and aims for positive change.

Published 25 March 2021

New CaCHE publication examines housing system's resilience to COVID-19 pandemic

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) has published a new report which outlines the preliminary evidence of a project that seeks to examine the evolution of the housing system between the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) and the COVID-19 pandemic, and the early impact of the pandemic. 

Published 19 March 2021

Phil O’Brien: Scottish Government announces continued investment in affordable housing

Phil O’Brien reflects on the affordability of housing as an ongoing issue in Scotland and how the Scottish Government have recently announced future plans to tackle the issue of affordable housing.

Published 12 March 2021

The role of PRS landlords in making a rented house a home

Steve Rolfe and Kim McKee (University of Stirling) present an overview of a new research report that they have produced, along with Tom Simcock, Julie Feather and Jenny Hoolachan, which considers what landlords can do to make their tenants feel more at home in the Private Rented Sector (PRS).

Published 18 February 2021

CaCHE reports outline COVID-19 homelessness responses and domestic abuse policies of home nations

The UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) has published two interim reports into the COVID-19 crisis response to homelessness in Great Britain and domestic abuse policy in the four nations of the UK prior to the pandemic.

Published 11 February 2021

Design quality of new homes across the UK remains 'stubbornly low', finds University of Glasgow-led study

An in-depth study published by a team led by the University of Glasgow has found that the design quality of new homes and neighbourhoods across the UK remains stubbornly low.

Published 8 December 2020

University of Glasgow housing studies programme re-accredited by CIH

The Housing Studies Programme at the University of Glasgow has been re-accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) for a five year period.

Published 18 November 2020