The Housing Challenge Cohort

The 2016/17 cohort of Crook Public Service Fellows are working on the theme of 'The Housing Challenge'

Faye Greaves

Faye CrookFaye Greaves, a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) joined CIH as a policy and practice officer in 2015, where her work focused on housing options, allocations and homelessness. Her blog posts have been regularly featured on the CIH website and have been published by high profile housing websites 24dash and Inside Housing.

In 2015, Faye conducted the analysis and reported the findings of a research project on behalf of Welsh Assembly Government, which considered joint working practices between housing associations and local authorities to tackle homelessness.

Faye has a track record of high achievement. She graduated with a first class professional housing studies degree in 2012, where she received an award for her dissertation about triggers for homelessness amongst 16 and 17 year olds. She was also a finalist at the 2014 Housing Heroes awards in the category for ‘career development star of the year’.

Faye worked in housing for eleven years, prior to joining the fellowship scheme and has a broad range of experience across front line service delivery, management and service development. Before joining CIH, she worked at Solihull Community Housing and The Bridge housing services charity in Loughborough.

The policy brief for Faye's fellowship project 'TACKLING HOMELESSNESS TOGETHER: The importance of local authorities and housing associations working in partnership' can be view here

Joseph Kilroy

Joseph CrookJoseph Kilroy worked in the policy and research team at the RTPI, whilst undertaking this fellowship, where his work focused on housing policy, devolution, and the spatial impact of the technology sector. He began his planning career working in community development in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.  In the UK he has worked in the third sector on social housing and vulnerable families, and in the higher education sector on the Research Excellence Framework.

Joseph's project

The Use of Alternative Land Value Capture Mechanisms to Deliver Housing in England and Wales

There is a long standing argument that the inability to fund local infrastructure is a major constraint on housing supply. The approach currently used in the UK has come in for sustained criticism in recent years (Peel, 2017). In this context, this project sets out to consider alternative approaches. It starts with an extensive review of the mechanisms used in different international contexts. This international evidence review is used to identify mechanisms that might be effective in the UK and has been used to inform our applied study. The applied research seeks to systematically explore the strengths and weaknesses, potential and pitfalls of these mechanisms. The empirical part of the project uses scenarios, based on hypothetical sites, as a means of testing different stakeholders perspectives on the likely impact of four different LVC mechanisms. The mechanisms tested include the current S106/CIL regime from the UK, a simple tariff mechanism, and two variants on the North American Impact Fee approach, one based on a payment schedule and the other negotiated at site level. The mechanisms are considered in the context of both brownfield and greenfield sites and the interviews seek to take account of variations across market conditions and economic cycles. The interviewees include Planners, Planning consultants, lawyers, valuers and land agents. The initial participants are all prominent in regional and national debates and have been selected on a reputational basis with further interviewees added using a snowballing approach. The interviews reveal that different mechanisms may alter the distributional impacts of LVC, changing the scale of the impact and shifting the burden between landowners, developers and consumers. It is clear that the effectiveness of LVC mechanisms is also dependent on other institutional arrangements, including the nature of the planning system, the tax system and the structure of the development industry.

More information is available on the RTPI website

Philip Glanville

Phil CrookCllr Philip Glanville is a passionate campaigner against social inequality and has spent the past decade of his career both working directly with and for national politicians and as an elected councillor and Cabinet Member in Hackney. This has resulted in an extensive portfolio of experience and skills including the running of parliamentary offices, campaigning and communications expertise and most recently providing political leadership as Hackney seeks to meet our housing challenges and fight locally and nationally for decent, genuinely affordable and sustainable housing. In addition to his policy focus on housing, he has experience in international development, local government, foreign affairs, welfare, health, immigration, planning, education and skills, transport and defence policies.

Cllr Glanville was a Cabinet Member for Housing for two years leading one of the largest council house building programmes in the country, before being elected as Executive Mayor of Hackney in the by-election on 15 September 2016. His expanded role includes responsibility for the overall corporate strategy, financial management and delivery of services by the Council. In this role he also leads on crime, community safety, equalities and communications.

Sam Thomas

Sam CrookSam is policy manager for the Making Every Adult Matter coalition, formed of the national charities Clinks, Homeless Link and Mind. He works with a team across the coalition to improve policy for people experiencing multiple needs, such as mental ill health, homelessness, drug and alcohol misuse and contact with the criminal justice system.

Before joining Homeless Link, where he is based, Sam worked for DrugScope, the RSA and the University of Leeds. He was very interested in how everyone – and particularly front line practitioners and people with lived experience of multiple needs – can contribute to making better policy.

The policy brief for Sam's project 'GOING FURTHER BACK: Earlier action on multiple needs to prevent homelessness' can be viewed here.