Housing & Planning

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    Policies that raise living standards, boost quality of life and build the homes we need.

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  • What does the Summer Budget mean for housing?

    Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning, looks at the implications of the "double whammy" facing Housing Associations of lower social rents and a reduction in housing benefit, as well as new tax reliefs and automatic brownfield planning permission.

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    The Summer Budget and Housing
  • Garden Villages

    Over one million new homes could be built over the next decade if each of the 353 councils in England built just one garden village of 3,000 new houses. Garden Villages shows how a future government can overcome local opposition to development by devolving powers to set up new garden villages from Whitehall to councils.

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    Garden villages
  • Freeing Housing Associations

    Housing associations are being stifled by unnecessary red tape that is preventing them from building 100,000 new homes a year. The government should create a new category of 'Free Housing Associations', that are able to set their own rent policy, choose their own tenants and manage their housing stock with greater autonomy.

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    Housing Associations
  • Housing minister backs PX social housing policy

    Housing minister Kris Hopkins today called for councils to sell off expensive social housing and use the proceeds to build more new social housing, as Policy Exchange called for in our 2012 report Ending Expensive Social Tenancies.

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    Building more homes

Latest Housing & Planning in the news

  • 27 May 2015 | Blue skies: Part two

    • Inside Housing's Jules Birch cites Policy Exchange proposals on planning and new garden cities in his piece looking at what the Conservatives' purported One Nation approach would mean for housing.

  • 12 May 2015 | What lies ahead?

    • Inside Housing's Colin Wiles highlight's Policy Exchange's significant influence on housing policy in a piece listing 8 of our policy recommendations that he believes could be in the government's pipeline for implementation over the next 12 months.

Latest Housing & Planning Publications

  • 13 February 2015 | Garden Villages: Empowering localism to solve the housing crisis

    • Over one million new homes could be built over the next decade if each of the 353 councils in England built just one garden village of 3,000 new houses. Garden Villages shows how a future government can overcome local opposition to development by devolving powers to set up new garden villages from Whitehall to councils.

  • 12 November 2014 | Freeing Housing Associations: Better financing, more homes

    • Housing associations are being stifled by unnecessary red tape that prevents them from building 100,000 new homes a year – a third of the total housing supply needed to keep up with demand. The government should create a new category of 'Free Housing Associations', that are able to set their own rent policy, choose their own tenants and manage their housing stock with greater autonomy.

Latest Housing & Planning Blogs

  • 13 July 2015 | Additional Policy Exchange analysis of Summer Budget 2015

    • Policy Exchange takes a more detailed look at the Summer Budget, including: the impact of the Living Wage; the reduced pace of departmental spending cuts; the fundamental shift in welfare policy; what awaits Housing Associations; and the impact of changes to energy levies.

  • 06 July 2015 | The government’s right-to-buy targets are achievable – if the politics are possible

    • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning, examines the feasibility of the government's one-for-one replacement pledge on expensive social houses sold to fund new affordable homes. Chris points out that the numbers add up, although it remains to be seen whether replacements will occur at the national, local or regional level.

Latest Housing & Planning Events

  • 23 March 2015 | The Future of Housing Associations: What Next for Affordable Housing?

    • This event is a follow up to our Freeing Housing Associations report and will consider the following questions what the future is for affordable housing. It will ask if we actually need social housing grant to deliver the affordable housing we need, if it is realistic or fair to expect housing associations to do more and look at the implications of welfare reform for building affordable homes.

  • 06 October 2014 | (Liberal Democrat Conference) Can Britain ever build 300,000 homes a year?

    • With Isabel Hardman, The Spectator (CHAIR), Stephen Williams MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Jeremy Greenwood, Lafarge Tarmac, Neil Sinden, Campaign to Protect Rural England and Chris Walker, Policy Exchange.