Housing & Planning

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    "Building a better Britain"

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

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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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    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
  • 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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    Housing

Latest Housing & Planning in the news

  • 23 March 2015 | Tories revive Thatcher’s right-to-buy

    • The Sunday Times reports that the Conservatives are set to announce that they have adopted calls from Policy Exchange's Ending Expensive Social Tenancies report for councils to sell off expensive council housing in order to fund more new affordable social homes. They are also examining calls from Freeing Housing Associations to help housing associations build more market homes to sell and cross-subsidise social housebuilding.

  • 02 March 2015 | David Cameron aims to woo voters with plan for 200,000 discounted homes

    • Guardian political editor Patrick Wintour quotes Jeremy Browne MP from Policy Exchange's recent event Where Next for the UK Economy? Browne criticised the government's double standards on housebuilding, arguing that parties would fight by-elections on blocking new housing before going back to Whitehall and highlighting the importance of new housing.

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

  • 18 March 2015 | Budget 2015: Policy Exchange Analysis

    • Policy Exchange responds to announcements in Budget 2015 in the areas of government spending, capital ownership, housing and energy policy.

  • 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.

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.