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Solutions to the housing crisis – Housing Associations in the Private Rented Sector?

            How do housing stakeholders align future private and public spending to identify investment opportunities and help meet the City’s broader economic and spatial planning priorities – through the private rented sector?The private rented sector represents a growing proportion of the housing market nationally and locally and the only housing option for many households priced […]

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Building Procurement

                  The procurement stage of the building process is critical to the success of any building project, and as such must be understood by everybody entering the industry. Building Procurement is designed to familiarize the novice with the principles and methods of building procurement, starting at the most basic […]

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Community self-build schemes enabling holistic solutions for ex-servicemen

              It is worth looking at the impact of community self-build schemes, especially as many have helped ex-service personnel rehabilitate whilst gaining new skills. Promotion of this type of scheme can encourage and inform future projects and to gain political and financial support. Schemes often involve ex-service personnel encountering difficulties in adapting […]

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Tax Increment Financing (TIF) as an urban policy for spatially targeted economic development initiatives

Urban policy transfer between the US and UK has long been of interest to researchers and practitioners. Given the recent wider context of reduced direct funding and the absence of a coherent regeneration policy, the introduction of Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to the UK is one approach of stimulating spatially targeted economic development initiatives. Questions are raised […]

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Socially Responsible Property Investment (SRPI) as the new sustainable development growth model

In examining the effectiveness of the investment practice known as ‘Socially Responsible Property Investment’ (SRPI), funds and developers make special claims for their regeneration schemes, namely, that they deliver enhanced social benefits. But what in regeneration practice distinguishes SRPI from the actual priorities and behaviours of investors and developers in the sub-sector? Plus what are SRPI regeneration schemes moving […]

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Low Demand Neighbourhoods – Housing Market Renewal Experience

I completed a PhD from the University of Manchester (2009), that predominantly focused on exploring the drivers and dynamics associated with what I termed ‘low demand neighbourhoods’ – those areas (particularly those in industrially restructuring cities) that have had high void rates, high population turnover, low value and heavy out-migration. Along side this was a […]

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Transcendental Meditation (TM)

          I have been practicing transcendental meditation (TM) for nearly 2 years. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made in improving many aspects of my life. A sense of calm, being centred, postive, focused and prioritising what matters have been a few benefits. After an initial induction […]

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