Current projects

We are currently undertaking the following projects:

Low Carbon City Villages Framework and Toolkit

a project for Sunderland City Council

This highly innovative project is being undertaken by a collaborative team led by GENECON with Urban Pollinators and Steve Skinner Associates.

Sunderland was originally made up of almost 100 separate villages, many of which merged to create the city’s suburbs and neighbourhoods. The concept of ‘Low Carbon City Villages’ celebrates Sunderland’s historical ‘village’ character and contributes to the city’s ambitions for low carbon economic growth by enabling neighbourhoods to connect with new opportunities and to become more resilient to economic change. The project will:

  • develop a practical tool for defining the characteristics of a Low Carbon City Village.
  • assess the current position, capacity for change and progress of each neighbourhood towards meeting Low Carbon City Village status, including resident involvement.
  • develop a practical approach to partnership working that can be used to address key neighbourhood issues in achieving Low Carbon City Village status.
  • identify how the resulting approach to place-shaping and neighbourhood management can be integrated into service planning and investment planning.

Housing and Health: working together to achieve better outcomes

a project for the Department of Health, West Midlands

Building on our 2010 project with Gill Leng to identify ‘The contribution that can be made to health outcomes by regional housing policy’, we have been commissioned to provide an advice briefing and training for senior public health and local authority officers which explain how housing can contribute to improved health outcomes, both in the transition period to new health arrangements, and in the longer term.

Developing a Private Sector Housing Policy and Strategy

for the North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Housing Market Area

Chesterfield Borough Council and North East Derbyshire, Bolsover and Bassetlaw District Councils working together as the North Derbyshire and Bassetlaw Housing Market Area have commissioned Housing Vision and GLHS to develop a Private Sector Housing Strategy to tackle a range of issues including empty and non-decent homes; fuel poverty and standards in the private rented sector. The main objectives of the project are to:

  • identify gaps in the current services provided by the private sector housing teams and other organisations across the HMA area
  • establish the priorities for housing services to the private housing sector
  • recommend key interventions and policy solutions to deliver those priorities
  • maximise funding in the context of the Sheffield City Region and the East Midlands
  • increase value for money of private sector housing services, and
  • identify best practice in partnership working for private sector housing services.

The project will be achieved using a combination of research, data analysis, policy and service review and wide engagement with councils and stakeholders.