The figures for those who have been disadvantages as a result of the state of the housing market that is prevailing are more of those who are single adults and between the ages of 45 to 60 years and unemployed or are in low paid employment, there is an argument to be made for all ages, for as long as you are legally entitle to a proper decent houses as part of your basic human right in a civilised country, that is, decent ...more »
How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?
This GeoVation Challenge is now closed. The winners of this Challenge were
My Home Energy Planner £25,000
Democratising Development (now 'Land Unlocked') £24,000
Before you submit an idea please read the problems we identified and register or log in to the Challenge. You can also comment on or rate ideas
The best ideas can win a slice of £101,000 in funding to develop innovative ventures that make best use of Ordnance Survey data and Land Registry licensable data, technology and good design to address the problems
The problems are grouped into 4 main themes:
Theme 1: Affordability
Theme 2: Availability
Theme 3: Accessibility & Infrastructure
Theme 4: Assets (best use of)
Please state which theme your ideas addresses.
The challenge ran from 10 September 2014 to 19 November 2014 (12noon).
Safeguarding of Development Delivered to Meet Local Need Developments approved as meeting a local need will be subject to planning conditions and/or planning obligations to require the first occupants to be existing residents of the town with a local connection meeting one of the following categories: For the purposes of this policy, local-needs groups for whom such housing is considered appropriate are: a. First-time ...more »
We will encourage buy to lets homes and second/holiday homes to return to the market.
3.9 million buy to lets /privately rented (2013) 1.2 million second homes totalling 5.1 million homes that could be released to house some of the 5.5 million currently queuing to be house owners.
Most mortgage applications are to the Financial Institution that you bank with. People aren’t expert and they believe that their “Bank” will treat them fairly. Its only independent table producers (such as What Mortgage, Financial Advisor, Moneywise) that actually show all available mortgages including those that do not pay commission. It would greatly ease a young person(s) finances to have the best/cheapest mortgage ...more »
Information is central to making better and informed housing choices. The idea is to bring housing information from a range of sources to a central accessible point through an app, with a website backup for larger devices. Information would range from that which is nationally available such as house prices and rents to local information such as the availability of private rented and affordable homes provided by councils ...more »
A solution for better living space could be to design a public policy promoting flat and house sharing between people of different generations. This innovative policy would benefit all parties involved, while tackling the increasing problem of spatial segregation by age. Elderly people would feel more socially satisfied and less lonely causing probably the rate of depression in people over age 65 to decline. They would ...more »
Mutual exchanges are an excellent way for council tenants to secure new, more appropriately sized homes. People under occupying their home can move to a cheaper, smaller home by swapping with people living in overcrowded accommodation. We want to enable a platform to allow this happen. It already happens offline (inefficiently) ins ome parts of the country.
Living in rural areas can be difficult especially for young people taking their first steps towards independence. There are issues over affordability, availability & accessibility of housing. Young people migrate away from rural areas seeking work and independence often because they cannot find both in their local area not because they want to leave. Working remotely from home is becoming far more commonplace but it's ...more »
One of the big challenges for self build and small commericial and community developments is finding land - bigger developers have resources to do this, smaller developers and self builders don't. There are many factors affecting the viability of land for development - so we're proposing an information system to help individuals and groups identify land for development.
Pressure on land for development, and on existing properties for conversion or reuse, is increasing because of climate change. Increase in flood risk is a serious threat which could affect land values as problems with flooding and insurance become apparent. How can we identify places which are going to suffer most from climate change, and where is worth developing further as being more robust in the face of climate change? ...more »
We are the creators of www.illustreets.co.uk, an advanced geospatial web app that allows its users to discover places in England in which they would like to live. Unlike the multitude of web mapping applications out there, we have managed to put GIS in the hands of everyday users. Whilst employing sophisticated technologies, our focus has been usability and ease of use, which means that even users without a technical ...more »
To take planning decisions on residential proposals on plots of land as well as planning inspectorate decisions, to create metrics that developers can use to get a "first look" view of where they're likely to have trouble getting planning permissions. This will be more valuable to SMEs who are not doing this every day, and as a tool for pro-housing campaigners in local areas
Our whole house, energy efficiency planning tool will empower householders to understand current energy usage and take control of future energy demand. It will enable householders to take a 'whole house' approach to retrofit, creating an action plan for installation of multiple, complimentary improvements in order to meet 80% energy reduction targets - the kind of levels we need to hit to make our 2050 carbon reduction ...more »
Climate change is making communities increasingly vulnerable to flooding. People need to be confident in insuring floodplains, so we need to demonstrate how we can live among the floods. We could build flood-proof hotels which would act as flood retreats for the local communty and flood-proof show homes could demonstrate the way for future development.
Combining a number of current technologies we would create a view of the country by householders happiness with their homes. We'd conduct a national survey of property happiness that would cover new houses and those built in the last 15 years. We'd encourage existing property occupiers to rate their happiness 4 times a year by completing a beautifully simple survey that asks a series of questions covering a number of ...more »