Publications in Housing & Planning

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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

    By Alex Morton

  • 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.

  • 22 April 2013 | Housing and Intergenerational Fairness

    By Alex Morton, Owen Corrigan

  • This report is Policy Exchange's contribution to retirement housing provider Hanover's Hanover@50 debate on the future of housing for older people. The report says reform of the planning system to encourage developers to build more homes, including bungalows and self build homes attractive to older people looking to downsize, is the fairer way of reducing the generational divide.

  • 14 March 2013 | A Right to Build: Local homes for local people

    By Alex Morton

  • Councils that fail to hit their own housing targets should have to release land to local people who want to design their own homes. The government could use this self-build model to ensure that councils hit their housebuilding targets, doubling the amount of new homes to over 200,000 by 2014 and giving the construction sector a much needed shot in the arm.

  • 24 January 2013 | Create Streets

    By Alex Morton, Nicholas Boys Smith

  • Create Streets shows how demolishing high rise social housing blocks and replacing them with real streets made up of low rise flats and terraced housing would improve the lives of thousands of people who suffer from living in multi-storey housing.

  • 28 December 2012 | Planning for Less: The impact of abolishing regional planning

    By Alex Morton

  • Planning for Less shows that councils are planning to build 272,720 fewer new homes since the abolition of regional planning. The report argues that rather than fighting councils the government should now work with them to ensure that they actually deliver the homes their targets propose.

  • 13 September 2012 | Why Aren’t We Building Enough Attractive Homes? Myths, misunderstandings and solutions

    By Alex Morton

  • Why Aren’t We Building Enough Attractive Homes: Myths, misunderstandings and solutions shows how large developers are ‘playing’ an outdated planning system and fooling the government into potentially wasting taxpayers' money propping up land prices. The report recommends wholesale changes to the planning system to end 'land banking', give local people planning control and get more good new homes built.

  • 20 August 2012 | Ending Expensive Social Tenancies: Fairness, higher growth and more homes

    By Alex Morton

  • Selling expensive social housing as it becomes vacant could create the largest social house building programme since the 1970s. The sales would raise £4.5 billion annually which could be used to build 80,000-170,000 new social homes a year and create 160,000-340,000 jobs a year in the construction industry.

  • 23 November 2011 | Cities for Growth: Solutions to our planning problems

    By Alex Morton

  • Cities for Growth sets out how reforming planning laws and the development of new 'Garden Cities' can both solve our housing crisis and boost economic growth.

  • 17 March 2011 | More Homes: Fewer Empty Buildings

    By Alex Morton, Richard Ehrman

  • More Homes: Fewer Empty Buildings proposes that, as part of a strategy for growth, the government should reform the Use Classes Order to make it much easier to move buildings and land from Use Classes A (retail) and B (employment) to C3 (dwelling houses).