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Housing best practice guide launched

A new good practice guide to help private house builders and housing associations develop mixed income communities has been launched today.

The Chartered Institute of Housing and social policy research charity the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examined key mixed housing estates across England and Scotland for their study into housing needs and market conditions.

Nick Bailey, who led the team of researchers, said: 'Tenure mix is an important prerequisite to a successful community, but so too are the masterplan, the design quality of the homes and public facilities such as parks, the quality of schools and access to jobs.

'In the end, the success of mixed developments depends on whether they are places where people choose to live, and whether the mix of tenures and range of sizes of homes is retained through responsive management practices in the long term.'

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