The price of private homes is not affected by the presence of social housing next door according to a recent report.

The study, commissioned by the National House Building Council Foundation and the Homes and Communities Agency, found mixed tenure developments were common in the UK.

It said this mix did not affect the prices of the private units negatively as long as the quality of the housing was high.

The report also concluded most researchers agreed single tenure developments were a thing of the past.

Integrated developments that feature social housing and private properties side-by-side were found to increase social cohesion, while developments that segregated the two tenures had higher rates of negative feelings and division.

The research showed house builders and social landlords should consider a wider range of house types and sizes to further encourage social cohesion and stabilise neighbourhoods.

It warned that high levels of privately-rented properties could damage community cohesion a greater turnover of residents was reported in such properties and a lack of management accountability from absentee landlords detected.

The report also found that popular mixed-tenure developments could become over popular and gentrified, driving out those on low incomes by pricing them out of an area.

Chairman of the NHBC Foundation and former MP for Greenwich Nick Raynsford said in the past there had been an assumption that people of different economic or social status should be housed in separate locations leading to extensive problems of deprivation and social exclusion on sink estates.

He said: “The move to promote integrated tenure over the past two decades is entirely understandable and appropriate.

“But inevitably questions have been raised about how this is best achieved and how to respond to potential problems.

“This report reviews the evidence about tenure integration in new housing developments and provides a very useful summary covering a range of different themes. Most of the conclusions are encouraging.

“The evidence does not suggest there are immovable barriers to successful mixed-tenure developments and demonstrates fears such developments will threaten the value of owner-occupied housing are not substantiated.

“They do point to the need for careful planning and good design to ensure the creation of successful communities and they reinforce the case for high-quality management.”