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Housing: what do we want from the new Government?

Policy Exchange discusses the challenges facing the housing sector and what do we want from the new Government.

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City And the Citizen: Building for Community

Policy Exchange host a discuss on the scale and pace of change needed for the UK to achieve its future decarbonisation goals.

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Policy Exchange holds inaugural event of new Housing and Urban Regeneration Unit — ‘The New Politics of Housing’

Policy Exchange held the inaugural event of its new Housing and Urban Regeneration Unit — ‘The New Politics of Housing’. The focus was on what needs to change now given the unexpected election result and the tragedy at Grenfell Tower. We were joined by former No 10 Head of Policy John Godfrey, Spectator Editor Fraser Nelson, former DCLG housing leader Terrie Alafat and developer Philip Barnes and the event was chaired by Richard Blakeway, Policy Exchange’s Chief Housing Adviser and former Deputy Mayor of London for housing.

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A new settlement between government and independent housing associations

Policy Exchange argues that Housing Associations should be given more freedoms to build so that the Government can meet its housing target.

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Policy Exchange’s Susan Emmett appears on BBC The Week in Westminster to discuss social housing

Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing and Urban Regeneration, Susan Emmett, appeared on BBC The Week in Westminster to discuss social housing.

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Building More, Building Beautiful

Building More, Building Beautiful

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The housing crisis will only be solved if the developers of new homes place more emphasis on design and style to gain the support of existing communities, according to exclusive new polling for Policy Exchange. Building More, Building Beautiful: How design and style can unlock the housing crisis, with a Foreword from Secretary of State for Housing Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP, shows that support for traditional design is highest among lower socioeconomic groups and that Nimbyism can be overcome if plans better reflect people’s desire for traditional building design, like Victorian terraces and Georgian blocks.

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Announcing Building Beautiful Month

Announcing Building Beautiful Month

We’re delighted to announce that this November will be “Building Beautiful Month” at Policy Exchange, the next stage of our efforts to address the housing crisis, the major domestic policy issue of the day.

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‘Superb’ Building Beautiful essay collection features in The Times

‘Superb’ Building Beautiful essay collection features in The Times

“Beauty may have been neglected for years, but now decision-makers are moving in the right direction,” says Clare Foges in The Times. She praises Building Beautiful as “a superb collection of essays published… by the think tank Policy Exchange” and mentions contributions from the celebrated Syrian architect and author Marwa Al-Sabouni and Sir Terry Farrell, whose essay (and Times column) argued for a new generation of mansion blocks.

Policy Exchange research referenced in Government’s Social Housing Green Paper

Policy Exchange research referenced in Government’s Social Housing Green Paper

Policy Exchange’s latest report on tackling the housing crisis, Building More, Building Beautiful, has been referenced in the Government’s recently published Social Housing Green Paper. As called for in our report, the Green Paper highlights the importance of good design to social housing. It references our research which shows how better quality buildings and public spaces improve people’s quality of life and happiness.

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