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The Martin Centre Research Seminar Series: Securing Affordable Housing through the Planning System

Nicky Morrison (Lecturer, Department of land Economy, University of Cambridge)
When Feb 19, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where Lecture Room 1, Department of Architecture
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Section 106 of England's 1990 Town Planning Act provides local planning authorities with powers to require developers to contribute towards affordable housing provision.Over the last two decades the success of S106, which seeks to extract some of the developmenlvalue created by planning consent, has been predicated on rising land values and market demand, thus enabling developers to fulfill their planning obligations. This talk highlights the way in which the negotiation position between local authorities and developers has altered during the economic downturn, with developers across the country seeking to renegotiate their S106 agreements.Not only has the discretionary nature of the English planning system enabled compromises to be made at the site level, the Coalition government has also endorsed it.

Nicky is a lecturer in the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and Senior Associate of Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research. Her research focuses on comparative housing and urban planning at the city and neighbourhood level At an international level. she has collaborated with a number of European academics on comparative housing and neighbourhood renewal projects funded by the European Commission, the Nordic-Baltic, German and UK Governments. She has also advised the Shenzhen municipal government on their affordable housing policies and has worked on an Amnesty International project on housing rights in Ghana. More locally, she was on the steering committees of the 'Cambridge sub-region 2030' and 'Wisbech 2020 visioning' projects and is a Board member of a Cambridge-based housing association.