Housing Vision delivers its first new style SHMA Jan 14
Commissioned by St Albans City and District Council, a new approach was adopted by providing a detailed and critical review of official demographic projections and an NPPF-compliant assessment of housing need including a range of future scenarios informed by commissioned projections.Read more
The SHMA Report is now available at the following link:
and a webcast of the initial presentation to Councillors provided by the Director of Housing Vision, Dr Richard Turkington is available at:
2013 ends with a flurry of affordability and housing needs projects. Jan 1
What was anticipated as a quiet end to the year went into reverse when we were commissioned to deliver a series of projects to tight schedules.Read more
Central Bedfordshire UA and East Northants DC both commissioned reviews of the affordability of private rented and shared equity housing, and we completed another parish housing needs survey for a private sector client, a growing area of our work.
Housing Vision's contribution to the pioneering Thame Neighbourhood Plan Dec 11
This Neighbourhood Plan was the first to allocate housing sites and has just been tested by the approval of a major housing application.Read more
Housing Vision undertook the original assessment which identified the scale and profile of future housing need in the town.
New uses for an old church - delivering a local parish survey Dec 2
St Denys' Church in Severn Stoke, Worcestershire is threatened with closure, but the results of a survey have given strong support for a new future. As our 150th project, we undertook this work free of charge.Read more
Almost 300 households were surveyed by hand-delivered questionnaire - and a 40% response rate showed the level of interest in providing new uses for the local community. The first choice was offering a farmer's market; the second a community shop and the third an artists' or designers' exhibition. A public meeting at which the Director of Housing Vision presented the findings on 25th November was packed, Richard added: "The strength of feeling was evident from the survey, people wanted to see the Church as a place of worship but could see its potential as a focal point for the local community".
Affordability - the NPPF and SHMAs - the Care Bill and Older People: a series of free to attend seminars Oct 10
We have launched a series of free half day seminars which are directly relevant to developing Housing, Core and Older Persons’ Strategies.Read more
The seminars will be of interest to anyone working in Policy Planning, Housing Strategy and the Assessment or Commissioning of Care Services for Older People. One seminar will consider how to assess the affordability of housing.