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Planning and affordable housing in Australia and the UK: a comparative perspective

Gurran, Nicole and Whitehead, Christine M E (2011) Planning and affordable housing in Australia and the UK: a comparative perspective. Housing Studies, 26 (7-8). pp. 1193-1214. ISSN 0267-3037

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Identification Number: 10.1080/02673037.2011.618982


Land use planning systems in Australia and the United Kingdom (UK) share a common history. In both nations, one objective of town planning has been to improve housing conditions for the urban poor and facilitate sufficient housing supply for growing post-war populations, with UK legislation serving as a model for Australia, at least until the Town and Country Planning Act 1947. Since this time however, approaches have diverged. In the UK, housing assistance and the land use planning system have co-evolved, with planning an important tool for securing affordable housing, particularly in England. In contrast, a deep cleavage between urban planning and housing policy persists in Australia. Drawing on a series of studies undertaken separately by the authors over the past decade which concentrate on Australia and England, the paper compares urban and housing policy in both nations, and examines planning system performance in securing new affordable homes.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group
Divisions: Economics
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2012 13:23
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 02:02

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