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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

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Latest Housing & Planning Publications

  • 17 February 2016 | The Homes London Needs: Part 3

    • Last in the series, The Homes London Needs: Part 3, makes a number of recommendations to improve London's housing crisis to the next Mayor of London. These include: rewriting the London Housing Strategy and the London Plan, and building on brownfield sites and post-war estates. 

  • 17 February 2016 | The Homes London Needs: Part 2

    • The Homes London Needs: Part 2 explores changing the way some commercial land is used, looking especially at underused (surplus) private industrial land, public land and other brownfield land.

Latest Housing & Planning Blogs

  • 15 April 2016 | House building in the North

    • Policy Exchange's Housing and Planning Unit examines the importance of house building to the 'Northern Powerhouse'

  • 08 January 2016 | The local support we found for the garden villages Britain needs

    • Christopher Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing, Planning and Urban Policy, summarises the growing support for his proposals in the report Garden Villages, and through his survey found local authorities to be in favour.

Latest Housing & Planning Events

  • 06 October 2015 | Conservative Conference 2015 | Can building better homes unlock more homes?

    • With Brandon Lewis MP, Minister of State for Housing and Planning; Phil Barnes, Barrat Homes; Hank Dittmar, Prince's Foundation; Christopher Walker, Policy Exchange; and Paul Carter CBE, Kent County Council.

  • 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.

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