Housing: The Essential Foundations provides a comprehensive introduction to housing studies. Integrating contributions from across the spectrum of areas connected with housing, this multi-disciplinary, topical book is essential reading for students embarking on degree and diploma courses in housing, surveying, town planning and other related subjects. Professionals within these fields will also find the book valuable as a source of up-to-date information and data. Uniquely multi-disciplinary and including a wealth of illustrations and examples, this book focusses on key topics which include: equal opportunities and housing organisations town planning and housing development housing management, design and development environmental health and housing property, housing law, policy-making and politics housing policy and finance prior to and post Thatcherism future policy issues under the new Labour government post 1997 Housing, often the largest item in personal expenditure, is humankind's most essential need after nourishment.
Examining ways to satisfy this need, whether through an adequate provision of public or private investment or through mixed funding schemes, the authors stress the importance of housing market activity that accords with good planning practise, legislation, democratic decision-making, economy and efficiency. In introducing the many diverse aspects of housing within a single volume, this book provides the essential foundations for the study of this multi-disciplinary subject.