Evaluating the contribution of planning gain to an affordable housing legacy: a case study of London 2012

Bernstock, Penny (2019) Evaluating the contribution of planning gain to an affordable housing legacy: a case study of London 2012. Planning Perspectives. ISSN 0266-5433

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Abstract

When London won the bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic games in 2005 it heralded a new moment in games making where it was claimed that the hosting of a mega event would be galvanized to create an inclusive legacy. Affordable Housing was a key dimension of this legacy. This article seeks to interrogate four key policy assumptions that underpinned the strategy for delivering affordable housing associated with the Growth Dependent Planning Paradigm. Firstly, that rising land values would create the potential to capture value for public good. Secondly, that S106 agreements (Planning gain) introduced in the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act would capture this value. Thirdly, that state and market would work in a symbiotic relationship reconciling private profit with public good and fourthly, that governance of planning should be overseen by an appointed rather than elected body. This article interrogates these assumptions through a longitudinal analysis of planning applications between 2000 and 2017. It argues that this policy framework has been relatively ineffective in levering public good. The findings are relevant for those interested in planning gain, value capture, urban regeneration and the potential for mega-events to achieve broader social objectives.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Planning Perspectives on 17/07/2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02665433.2019.1639210
Uncontrolled Keywords: London 2012, Legacy, Affordable housing, Planning Gain, Mega Events, Growth Dependent Planning Paradigm
Subjects: Social sciences > Politics
Depositing User: Penny Bernstock
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2019 11:54
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2019 10:58
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/6246

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