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

  • 17 June 2014 | Holiday homes gutting towns, says Clegg

    • Chris Walker, Policy Exchange's Head of Housing & Planning, is quoted in The Times arguing that Nick Clegg's criticism of holiday home owners and any potential penalising of such homes is likely to be ineffectual.

  • 19 May 2014 | Housing supply. Why we need more garden cities

    • Paul Goodman, Editor of ConservativeHome, extensively cites Policy Exchange's Cities for Growth report as he argues that garden cities are the answer to our housing crisis. The report called for the development of new, locally-popular, garden cities, as well as making a series of recommendations for improving the planning system.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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