‘Pepper-potting’ does not adversely affect house prices

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Staff reporter (Leader Live)

New research by the NHBC Foundation has found that house prices are not reduced on developments which successfully integrate social and private housing.

The research, ‘Tenure Integration in housing developments’ found mixed tenure developments are now commonplace in the UK and, contrary to fears, do not negatively impact house prices as long as the design and the quality of the housing is of a high standard.

The NHBC Foundation, in collaboration with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), commissioned a review of existing literature to explore issues surrounding tenure integration in new housing developments.

It concludes that mixed tenure is now a part of UK life with most researchers agreeing single tenure developments are now a thing of the past.

Integrated housing or ‘pepper-potting’ – where social and private homes are located side-by-side – are found to increase social cohesion. Meanwhile, developments which segregate social and private housing have higher rates of negative feelings and division.

The research shows house builders and social landlords should consider a wider range of house types and sizes to further encourage social cohesion and stabilise neighbourhoods. This would encourage residents to move from private rented to purchase or for those in apartments to move into family housing.

The report recommends that more research should be carried out into how mixed tenure developments are managed as well as the impact of the boom of the private rented sector. High levels of privately-rented properties can damage community cohesion as there is a greater turnover of residents in these properties and a lack of management accountability from absentee landlords.

The report also found that popular mixed-tenure developments can become over popular and ‘gentrified’ driving out those on low incomes by pricing them out of an area.

NHBC Foundation chairman Nick Raynsford said that in the past there was an ‘unsound’ assumption that people of different economic or social status should be housed in separate locations leading to extensive problems of deprivation and social exclusion on stigmatised ‘sink estates’.

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