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Prioritising local housing needs through land-use planning in rural areas: Political theatre or amenity protection?

Gallent, N; Hamiduddin, I; Stirling, P; Kelsey, J; (2019) Prioritising local housing needs through land-use planning in rural areas: Political theatre or amenity protection? Journal of Rural Studies , 66 pp. 11-20. 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2019.01.028. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper examines housing investment pressures and the local planning response in St Ives, Cornwall, where a Neighbourhood Development Plan introduced a principal residence restriction affecting all new-build homes in the locality in 2016. Ostensibly, the objective of this policy is to reserve new-build housing for local residents, thereby delivering improved housing market access for those needing to live and work in the area, who are seen to have greater claim on local resources. However, our study of the development and anticipated impacts of ‘Policy H2‘, drawing on semi-structured interviews, highlights concerns amongst long-term residents and working households as to the economic impacts of the policy relative to its impacts on housing access. Greater support for the policy was found to exist among in-migrant and retired households, who view the policy as a means of slowing development, preserving local character, and defending property values. Evidence from prior experiments with residence restrictions in the Lake District and in Wales suggest that an overall reduction in house building (triggered by a shrinking of the market of eligible homebuyers) and a shift in demand by investors from new homes to the second-hand market can elevate house-prices and reduce overall housing affordability. Local needs planning policies may be politically expedient, with local politicians responding to a call to action, but they also carry the risk of unintended consequences.

Type: Article
Title: Prioritising local housing needs through land-use planning in rural areas: Political theatre or amenity protection?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2019.01.028
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrurstud.2019.01.028
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett Sch of Const and Proj Mgt
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066633
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