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The impact of the market downturn on housing policy in England - a London case study

Bowie, Duncan (2009) The impact of the market downturn on housing policy in England - a London case study. In: European Network for Housing Research Conference (ENHR), 28 June - 01 July 1999, Prague, Czech Republic. (Submitted)



This paper will examine the political and ideological background to the ‘ credit crunch’ and will consider the role of British state agencies in generating the market downturn. The paper will examine the consequences of the fall in housing market transactions and housebuilding on wider government policy objectives on housing production targets, the affordable housing programme, the estate regeneration programme and the development of sustainable communities. Through using development appraisal methodology the paper will assess the impact of the fall in sales values on specific major developments proposals in London. The paper will then consider the successive policy initiatives proposed by the British government and government agencies, including the newly established Homes and Communities Agency, to maintain the housing programme within the changed economic context. It will assess the potential impact of these initiatives and consider the prospects of further interventionist measures. The paper concludes that the ‘credit crunch’ has demonstrated the need for a fundamental shift in British housing policy based on abandoning the dependence on an unregulated housing market and replacing it by public sector led intervention to ensure effective long term stability in the housing market and the affordable housing programme.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:10505
Deposited On:31 May 2012 12:35
Last Modified:31 May 2012 12:35

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