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The commitment to affordable housing: A tale of two boroughs

Kavanagh, Patricia Bernadette Cecilia; (1993) The commitment to affordable housing: A tale of two boroughs. Masters thesis (M.Phil), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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The current challenge posed by the publication of affordable housing legislation for planning professionals has proved to be full of complexities and contradictions. The progress of affordable housing provision through planning policy, implementation has gone ahead but not with the ease that the Department of the Environment believes their Planning Policy Guidance Note 3, Housing permits. The intervention of many other factors, particularly economic market forces, have occasionally conflicted with the aims of affordable housing 'enablers' to facilitate maximum provision of these homes. This thesis attempts to explore one aspect of intervening forces, that of political ideology. It focuses in on politicians at local government level and considers whether their political ideology has a direct effect on affordable housing provision in their respective boroughs. The two boroughs selected for this study are both situated in North London. For the purposes of this study they have both been selected because they have different political compositions. The fact that political ideology is intrinsically linked to Members decision making may have made the hypothesis too obvious to bother testing. However, during preliminary discussions with colleagues some contra-indications had been suggested by planning officers. The basis of their argument was that because of the close connections that local politicians, particularly Members, had with their constituents and constituencies they were more likely to make decisions based on their knowledge of local needs. Finally the researcher decided to stick with the original hypothesis, which suggested political ideology did have an effect.

Type: Thesis (Masters)
Qualification: M.Phil
Title: The commitment to affordable housing: A tale of two boroughs
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Thesis digitised by ProQuest.
Keywords: Social sciences; Affordable housing; Boroughs
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10099739
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