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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.

Want to get out of recession? Start building houses

Want to get out of recession? Start building houses

Alex Morton, Policy Exchange’s Senior Research Fellow for Housing & Planning and author of new report Ending Expensive Social Tenancies, calls for the government to show that it is serious about housing by creating a Secretary of State for Housing & Planning.

“Expensive” social housing is unfair for everyone in the system

“Expensive” social housing is unfair for everyone in the system

Alex Morton, Senior Research Fellow for Housing & Planning and author of Policy Exchange’s latest report Ending Expensive Social Tenancies makes proposals from the report that could see hundreds of thousands of new homes built and highlights the unfairness of housing social tenants in accommodation many hard-working people may never be able to afford.

Is London sucking the life out of Yorkshire?

Is London sucking the life out of Yorkshire?

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien looks at the problems facing Yorkshire and gives examples on how it could improve itself to counteract the gravitational pull of London on graduates and industry. Suggestions include growing Leeds using lessons from Manchester, luring the best academy school chains, reforming the planning system and changing national pay bargaining to a more local level.

Can we make the economy grow faster?

Can we make the economy grow faster?

Policy Exchange Director Neil O’Brien calls for reform of the planning system to boost the economy. He argues that reforms suggested in report Cities for Growth and More Homes: Fewer Empty Buildings would create a more flexible planning system, reduce the cost of housing, and provide a huge boost to the economy.

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