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The spatial and temporal patterns of residential house prices and housing affordability in England

Chi, Bin; (2021) The spatial and temporal patterns of residential house prices and housing affordability in England. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

Housing affordability is one of the most urgent issues facing the world. It has been a key political concern in the UK since the 1960s. The UK housing policy challenge is to reduce the gap between house prices and the housing people can afford. A more nuanced understanding of the housing affordability issues in England is essential to create a prosperous and equal country over the next century. Housing affordability is determined by two aspects, one is residential house price and the other is household income. The drivers behind the changes in the cost and affordability of housing are complex and operate at different scales. This research explores spatial and temporal patterns of housing affordability in England through an in-depth analysis of residential house price variations at small geographic levels. This research overcomes the difficulty of understanding house price and housing affordability variation in England at small geographic scales where house price data and income data are imperfect and the process is complex. A comprehensive geo-referenced housing price database is constructed, along with a systematic analysis of the house price variation at multi-geographic levels and further separate at different time scales. Through modelling and visualisation we can gain a deeper understanding of the spatial and temporal variations in house prices. The following research specifically focusses on the local authority level with annual time categorizations. Then by combining and comparing house price variation at local authority level and household housing budget for different types of buyers, this research creates a new method for understanding housing affordability, while highlighting housing affordability spatial-temporal patterns in England at small geographic scales and for different types of buyers. Suggestions regarding housing policy and planning are offered at the end in order to ease housing affordability issues in England.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: The spatial and temporal patterns of residential house prices and housing affordability in England
Event: UCL (University College London)
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2021. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
UCL classification: UCL
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 > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10139045
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