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  • 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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  • 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 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
  • Taxing Issues

    Reducing housing demand or increasing housing supply

    Taxing Issues? examines the barriers to home ownership, including the pros and cons of introducing new land and property taxes. The report argues that the best way to bring down the cost of home ownership and tackle market volatility is to scrap increases in property taxes, urging policymakers instead to focus on building 1.5 million new homes by 2020.

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Latest Housing & Planning in the news

  • 13 February 2015 | Proposal to build 1m new homes in next 10 years

    • The Guardian covers Policy Exchange's new Garden Cities report. The report suggests that local opposition to housebuilding can be overcome by devolving powers to set up new garden villages to local councils.

  • 13 February 2015 | No room for a Garden City? Just build a Garden Village instead, says think-tank

    • The Independent covers Policy Exchange's Garden Villages report, calling for councils to be enabled to build new garden villages away from current settlements. The article reports that the idea has generated considerable excitement in Downing Street, with one source saying it could be a 'potential election manifesto idea'.

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

  • 19 January 2015 | Ramp up the number of market homes built to deal with the housing crisis

    • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning, sets out why housing associations are key to helpin solve the housing crisis. Already delivering nearly half the new homes being built each year - and almost all of the social homes - giving them a shot in the arm by enabling them to build more market homes would boost the number of homes being built each year.

  • 12 November 2014 | Chris Walker: How to free housing associations to build more homes

    • To mark the release of our latest report, Freeing Housing Associations, Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing and Planning, sets out how numerous rules and regulations are hindering housing associations from doubling the number of new homes they build each year from 50,000 to 100,000. 

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