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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  • Call for Evidence: Financing more social homes

    With between 220,000 and 300,000 new homes needed a year, and only 112,000 being built (with just 45,000 of those being affordable housing), we desperately need to build more homes. Our new Call for Evidences asks how we can finance the building of more affordable and social housing?

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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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  • 21st Century Retail Policy

    Policies intended to revive Britain’s ailing high streets are raising the cost of living for households by at least £1,000 a year. Town Centre First, a policy intended to support the high street by limiting out-of-town shopping centres, is decreasing retailers' productivity, pushing up prices. We need to focus on giving low income households access to social and retail hubs, but not restricting where these retail centres should be built.   Read the report

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Latest Housing & Planning in the news

  • 06 September 2014 | Children aged six will eventually have to pay average of £800,000 for their first home

    • Taking into account house price inflation and housing forecasts, Policy Exchange has calculated that the average house will cost £780,000 in 2040. The Daily Mail covers the findings which highlight the desperate need to build more homes. Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing and Planning, is quoted in the article.  

  • 06 September 2014 | Average home to cost £780,000 by 2040, says Policy Exchange

    • The Daily Telegraph covers calculations made by Policy Exchange which indicate that the average house will cost £780,000 in 2040.  The calculations take into account house price inflation and housing forecasts, and highlight the desperate need to build more homes. Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing and Planning, is quoted in the article.   

Latest Housing & Planning Publications

  • 07 November 2013 | 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.

  • 13 September 2013 | 21st Century Retail Policy: Quality, choice, experience and convenience

    • This report finds that Town Centre First, a policy intended to support the high street by limiting out-of-town shopping centres, has decreased competition between retailers, damaged the social fabric of communities and caused price rises of at least £1,000 a year for the average household. Town Centre First should be replaced with an 'Access First' policy, focussed on giving low income households access to social and retail hubs, but not restricting where these retail centres should be built.

Latest Housing & Planning Blogs

  • 10 September 2014 | On housing, the ConHome manifesto offers the right diagnosis – but not all of the right answers

    • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing and Planning, provides a critique of the housing section of ConservativeHome's recently published manifesto. Chris backs the manifesto’s diagnosis that Britain’s housing crisis is one of affordability, but argues that increasing housing supply is the only way to tackle this.  

  • 01 May 2014 | Why rent controls are not the answer

    • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing, Planning and Urban Policy, argues that Labour’s decision to impose rent controls won't solve our housing crisis, because it doesn't deal with the root of the problem: a lack of supply in the housing market. Chris stresses that we need to build double the amount of houses to match increasing demand.

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