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Local Policy for Housing Development

European Experiences, 1st Edition

By Roelof Verhage


314 pages

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This title was first published in 2002: When a developer wants to realize a housing scheme, what can the local planning authority do to assure that the resulting residential environment is of a high quality? This book explores the question through a cross-national comparison of housing development processes in The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and France. It analyzes how decisions about the residential environment are made in different situations, and by whom. By applying this analysis to housing development processes in different countries, the book paints a picture of how public policy and market mechanisms together influence the development of housing. From this, conclusions are drawn about how local planning authorities can achieve their objectives concerning the quality of housing areas.


’This is a very valuable detailed empirical study of the residential development process in France, Germany, The Netherlands and the UK. It combines an institutional analysis of the interplay of actors in the development process with careful attention to the different financial expenditures on the residential environment in different schemes. The study concludes with a comparative matrix relating degree and manner of reliance on market processes to the energy with which land policies are pursued. This is a very helpful addition to the literature on the interaction between policy and markets in the production of the built environment.’ Patsy Healey, School of Architecture Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK '…a very good piece of work and should be used quite extensively in urban planning courses.' Journal of Housing and the Built Enviornment

Table of Contents

Contents: Local policy for housing development and the residential environment; Cross-national comparison of housing development processes; The incidence of costs and revenues; Actors and activities, roles and relations; Decisions about the residential environment; Local policy for housing development: lessons to be learnt; References; Appendix.

About the Author

In 1995 he started, at the same university, a Ph.D. research project entitled: "Local policy for housing development: European experiences", which he finished in 2001. In this project he compared the development of new housing schemes in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and France.

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SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography