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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.

Turning housing round

Turning housing round

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing, Planning & Urban Policy, reveals that housing starts fell by 11% in 2012 to below 100,000 new homes a year. Drawing on Policy Exchange research, Alex shows what the government can do to increase support for new homes and get more homes built up.

Don’t blame developers: Britain’s planning system pushes up prices

Don’t blame developers: Britain’s planning system pushes up prices

Senior Research Fellow for Housing & Planning Alex Morton dismisses criticism that developers hoarding land are to blame for the lack of new homes, instead laying the blame at the door of the planning system which makes land with residential planning permission so hard to come by that it incentivises holding land as an asset rather than using it for building.

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