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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  • 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
  • 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

    High Streets
  • Policy Exchange bungalow proposals adopted

    Eric Pickles today announced plans to encourage councils to build more bungalows for elderly people, as we called for in Policy Exchange report Housing & Intergenerational Fairness. This will allow older people to downsize, freeing up family-sized homes for the younger generation.

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    Bungalows

Latest Housing & Planning In the news

  • 28 March 2014 | Self-builders to be given the right to a plot under proposal influenced by think-tank

    • Planning Magazine cite the impact that Policy Exchange report A Right to Build had on the self build policy announced in Budget 2014. The government will be consulting on a new "right to build" giving custom builders a right to a plot of land from councils. This echoes calls from our report for councils failing to hit their own housing targets to have to release land to local people for self-build housing.

  • 10 March 2014 | The housing market is booming, but don't expect the Tories to do anything about it

    • Daily Telegraph assistant editor Jeremy Warner cites findings from Policy Exchange report Northern Lights that people living in private rented or social housing are significantly less likely to vote Conservative. This contrasts with those who own their homes outright, or with a mortgage, who are more likely to vote Conservative.

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

  • 18 March 2014 | Budget 2014: how Osborne can reduce Labour's poll lead on living standards

    • Nick Faith, Policy Exchange's Director of Communications, writes saying that the Chancellor needs to make it clear how national policy on jobs, housing and taxes will improve voters' personal situations.

  • 28 January 2014 | The importance of building more homes

    • Ruth Porter, Policy Exchange's Head of Economics & Social Policy, sets out some of the many reasons why we need to build more new homes, and how we can about about achieving that goal. Ruth argues that politicians have yet to catch up with voters on understanding the importance of housing as an issue.

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