Residents' views of new forms of high-density affordable living
April 2008 - Ref 2191
New forms of high-density, affordable housing are often advocated as a response to current policy concerns related to housing shortages, containing suburban sprawl, and the desire to promote an 'urban renaissance' in some cities. This study explored residents' views about living in new affordable higher density housing and how far residents' expectations of living in high-density developments were met.
Residents often reported that they did not feel that they lived at 'high densities', even though this was the case. They appreciated the innovative architecture and design that offered a sense of space and light within the homes.
Low cost home ownership (LCHO) respondents sometimes struggled to pay the cumulative costs of mortgage, rent and service charges. Some social rented tenants also found it hard to make ends meet.
Find more: The full report, Residents' views of new forms of high-density affordable living by Joanne Bretherton
Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation 2008, http://www.jrf.org.uk/knowledge/findings/housing/2191.asp