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

  • 14 April 2015 | FactCheck Q&A: the Tories’ right to buy plan

    • Channel 4's FactCheck website credits Policy Exchange's Ending Expensive Social Tenancies report with influencing the Conservative manifesto's pledge to make councils sell their most expensive social housing as it becomes vacant and use the proceeds to fund construction of more, good quality affordable homes.

  • 14 April 2015 | Conservative manifesto to offer 1.3m families right to buy housing association homes

    • Following the announcement that the Conservatives will require councils to sell their expensive social houses in order to fund the construction of new affordable homes, The Guardian points out that this is a policy adopted from Policy Exchange's 2012 Ending Expensive Social Tenancies report.

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

  • 15 April 2015 | The public supports selling off most expensive council properties

    • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning, examines the results of polling commissioned by Policy Exchange on how far the public support the Conservatives' proposed plans to force councils to sell off expensive social housing and use the proceeds to build more affordable homes.

  • 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.

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.