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The Housing and Health Academic Practitioner Partnership Mar 5

The Director of Housing Vision, Dr Richard Turkington is a member of the Housing and Health Academic-Practitioner Partnership (A-PP), an informal partnership of academics, housing and regeneration practitioners and housing and health researchers working to achieve better housing conditions in the United Kingdom.

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This group was formed in August 2015 when we met to discuss our concern about the lack of attention being given by government to the problem of older housing. In July 2016, we published a paper, Good Housing: Better Health which brought together some of the latest evidence about poor housing conditions in the UK. We presented this to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Healthy Homes and Buildings at its meeting in October 2016; and have contributed to subsequent meetings of the Group, including giving oral evidence in November 2017.

Other members of the Partnership consist of:

Peter Archer Trustee, founder member and formerChair, Care & Repair England; President, International Federation of Environmental Health

Dr Stephen Battersby MBE Environmental Health and Housing Consultant; Past President, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health

John Bryson Housing, Health and Regeneration Consultant; formerly with Sheffield City Council

Frances Heywood OBE Trustee, Care & Repair England; formerly Senior Research Fellow, School for Policy Studies,University of Bristol

Gill Leng Director, GLHS; formerly National Lead: Homes and Health, Public Health England

Professor Alan Murie CBE Emeritus Professor of Urban and Regional Studies, University of Birmingham

Simon Nicol Director for BRE Housing, Building Research Establishment

Professor David Ormandy Visiting Academic, Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School,University of Warwick

Karen Saunders Health and Wellbeing Programme Lead,Public Health England, West Midlands

Jon Stevens Housing and Communities Research, University of Birmingham

Barry Toon Selly Oak Caretaker Society: CP4SO Birmingham

Christopher Watson Centre for Urban and Regional Studies and Housing and Communities Research, University of Birmingham

[1] Secretary, A-PP

[2] Chair, A-PP


Social Infrastructure Capacity Assessments for 3 Lambeth Housing Estates Jun 21

Continuing our involvement in Lambeth Council's Estate Regeneration Programme, we are completing Social Infrastructure Capacity Assessments for 3 estates currently undergoing regeneration.

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These Assessments are taking account of capacity in relation to health care; educational provision; open space, sport and leisure, and community facilities.

The Optimum Housing Mix at Tresham Garden Village, Northamptonshire Jun 21

Located to the east of Corby, the former Deenethorpe Airfield is the site of one of the government's 14 proposed 'garden villages'

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Now known as 'Tresham Garden Village', Housing Vision has been commissioned with Jon Watson Consulting to determine the optimum housing mix taking account of demographic patterns and trends; housing requirements by income and affordability; housing demand; the need for affordable housing and financial and development viability. This commission builds on a range of projects to assess the optimum housing mix at schemes including the Newcastle 'Expo' Urban Village; the White City 'Opportunity Area' and numerous estate regeneration initiatives.

Researching the Housing Market in East Northamptonshire Jun 21

Whilst the need for affordable housing is a constant priority in many local authority areas, the adequacy of the supply of higher value new-build housing has been recognised as an issue in the district, with potential negative consequences for economic development.

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In addition to research profiling the housing market, extensive consultation has been undertaken with estate agents, developers, housebuilders and local employers who have recently moved to or expanded in the area. This work will inform the Local Plan and relevant policies.

Good Housing: Better Health Oct 25

Dr Richard Turkington, the Director of Housing Vision, is a member of the ‘Housing Renewal Partnership’, a network of academics and practitioners concerned with renewing the UK’s housing.

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The Partnership includes representatives from the Building Research Establishment, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, Public Health England, St Gobain and the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick.

Our report ‘Good Housing: Better Health’ was launched in July 2016 and makes the case for increasing the focus in current policy on older housing and the quality and use made of the existing housing stock.

The report was presented on 19th October to the All Party Parliamentary Group on ‘Healthy Homes and Buildings’.

A copy of the report is available at: