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Local control is key to quality

Local control is key to quality

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, argues that central planning guidance is responsible for the poor aesthetic quality of new housing, which is in turn negatively impacting the desire for new, local, development. By giving local people control over the quality of new housing, Alex believes that we will see opposition to new homes fall away.

How the Government can boost housing between now and 2015

How the Government can boost housing between now and 2015

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, sets out a range of ways the government could start providing more homes, including: helping people to self-build, ending expensive social tenancies, ending expensive social tenancies, trying to treat those near new homes fairly, creating new powers to help quality and ensuring Help-to-Buy has an exit strategy.

Homes – localist policies can deliver the houses we need

Homes – localist policies can deliver the houses we need

Giving local people more control over local developments could help solve the housing crisis and help the Conservatives win the next election, writes Alex Morton, Head of Housing & Planning at Policy, By engaging with this growing social and economic crisis, the government could build hundreds of thousands of good quality homes without isolating local people.

How to tackle Britain’s NIMBYs and end crisis in new house building

How to tackle Britain’s NIMBYs and end crisis in new house building

Alex Morton, Head of Housing & Planning at Policy Exchange, writes that in order to tackle NIMBYism and to build more homes we need to give back more control to local people over the quality of homes built in their areas and to offer neighbourhood incentives such as council tax rebates to residents who allow developments to go ahead.

Housing bubble threat underscores pressing need to revise Help to Buy

Housing bubble threat underscores pressing need to revise Help to Buy

Alex Morton, Head of Policy Exchange’s Housing & Planning Unit, suggests that instead of being a cause for celebration, the news that house prices are rising at their fastest since 2006 underscores the pressing need to revise Help to Buy. By guaranteeing purchases of any home up to £600,000 for three years, he argues, the Government is offering short-term support to developers instead of a long-term solution to the problems facing the housing market and the increasing demand for affordable housing.

Striking the right balance in the social housing sector

Striking the right balance in the social housing sector

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, congratulates Housing Minister Mark Prisk for striking a sensible balance between supporting the social housing sector and requiring that it uses its assets in a fair and efficient way, but reiterates his call from Ending Expensive Social Tenancies for councils to sell off the most expensive council housing when it becomes vacant and use the proceeds to build new, better quality social housing.

How can we really tackle the housing crisis?

How can we really tackle the housing crisis?

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing, Planning & Urban Policy, sets out ways the government can tackle the UK’s housing crisis, including reforming the planning system and ensuring councils who fail to meet their own housing targets release land to local people who want to build their own home.

How to build better homes – for both younger and older people

How to build better homes – for both younger and older people

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing, Planning & Urban Policy, sets out recommendations from his reportHousing and Intergenerational Fairness, calling for the planning system to undergo reforms to encourage developers to build more homes, including bungalows attractive to older people looking to downsize. This would free up family sized homes to younger families looking to settle somewhere bigger and help reduce the generational divide.

Home truths about the housing market

Home truths about the housing market

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, sets out why George Osborne’s help-to-buy scheme in the Budget may excite the hopes of would-be homeowners, but confirms our alarming dependence on an insufficient stock of homes.

Let’s have more self-build housing – and quick

Let’s have more self-build housing – and quick

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing, Planning & Urban Policy, sets out findings from recent Policy Exchange housing report A Right to Build, arguing that in many countries a majority of new homes are self-built, while in the UK self-build only makes up 10% of new homes. Alex notes that getting local people to design attractive new homes would be an effective way to tackle the UK’s housing crisis.

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