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The affordability of housing for young people in Birmingham May 18

Young people face acute and growing problems of affordability yet there is little research evidence available at the local level.

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St Basils - which works with young people to prevent homelessness - has been funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government to develop an integrated housing, education and employment pathway for young people in Birmingham. Housing Vision's project will contribute to developing the pathway by reviewing young people's employment patterns and income levels; assessing the affordability of their housing options, and developing an investment model for housing which would be truly affordable in the city.

Housing Vision strengthens its rural research profile May 18

The 2012-based Household Projections have provided the opportunity for rural areas under pressure from inward migration to reassess their future housing needs.

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Since the start of the year, we've successfully complete two studies at very different scales, firstly, additional analysis of household and housing projections for the Exmoor National Park Area and at the much more local level, an assessment of household projections to inform the development of a Neighbourhood Plan for Sandbach in East Cheshire.

Greg Ball, expert demographer, joins Housing Vision May 18

We're pleased to announce that Greg has joined us an Associate to apply 30 years' professional experience in demography and planning to Housing Market Assessment.

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Greg was previously Principal Demographer for Birmingham City Council and has worked in a range of metropolitan, urban and rural areas. Greg has contributed to national working groups on methodological developments for the Office for National Statistsics and the Department of Communities and local Government, and is a member of the Council of the Briish Society for Population Studies.

SHMA Updates in the South West Sep 22

We have recently completed a series of updates for North Devon, Torridge and West Somerset Councils and for the Exmoor National Park Authority.

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The Updates have focused on the implications for household and housing growth of the 2012-based Subnational Population Projections. These new Projections differ markedy from those issued previously.

We have also provided, for the first time, a separate projection of the future housing requirements for the Exmoor National Park area.


Telford SHMA now available Jul 12

The SHMA produced for Telford and Wrekin in 2013-14 is now available on the Council's website at: file/3346/strategic_housing_market_assessment_shma

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The SHMA includes specific emphasis on the role of the private rented sector; it considers the impact of population movement in and out of the area and has particular implications for the potential of Telford to meet housing need and demand from the wider West Midlands.