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This paper draws out key lessons from the New Towns experience which should be considered in relation to the Growth Areas.
Locking in Value through Community Land Trusts
The use of community land trusts ensures that not only can housing remain affordable in perpetuity but also that local communities have collective control of land and property assets within their neighbourhood. This consultation identifies ways in which they can be more widely used.
Carried out in collaboration with the Centre for Alternative Technology and the School of the Built Environment at Nottingham University, this research report identifies 18 examples of environmentally sustainable housing projects in the East Midlands region, as well as providing detailed information on sustainable construction and design strategies.
Unlocking the Potential of Empty Properties
There are over 300,000 long-term empty homes in England and thousands of empty, decaying and redundant commercial properties. This Consultation identifies how to maximise the use of these wasted assets to meet the need for affordable homes in vibrant and healthy communities.
A report, funded in part by BSHF, outlining clear policy recommendations to ensure that best practice in sustainable housing design is incorporated into future housing construction in the UK.
Realising the Potential for Asset-based Community Development
Case studies have shown that the most socially sustainable communities are those that focus on what they have, rather than what they lack or need. This consultation identifies how an asset-based approach to community development can be encouraged and supported.
Developing Capacity and Knowledge
A report examining the role of local strategic partners and regeneration companies in developing sustainable housing projects.
Transferring Good Practice from the Margins to the Mainstream
Despite the widely available technology and the many benefits that sustainable housing solutions bring, they continue to remain on the margins of housing provision. This consultation identifies the barriers to their transfer to the mainstream and how these can be overcome.
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