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“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’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.
Highlighting Policy Exchange’s place as the leading think tank of modernisation, the Prime Minister praised its latest report on tackling the housing crisis.
The Evening Standard strongly urged the Mayor of London to read Policy Exchange’s latest report Better Brownfield, for ideas to tackle London’s housing crisis. 1,220 sites across London covering 43 Hyde Parks can between them accommodate between 250,000 and 300,000 new homes alongside workplaces, according to new analysis carried out by Create Streets for Policy Exchange. The Evening Standard strongly endorsed the report.
Policy Exchange holds inaugural event of new Housing and Urban Regeneration Unit — ‘The New Politics of Housing’Policy Exchange
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.
Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing and Urban Regeneration, Susan Emmett, appeared on BBC The Week in Westminster to discuss social housing.
Policy Exchange is delighted to welcome Susan Emmett as the new Head of our Housing and Urban Regeneration Unit. She will be working closely with Richard Blakeway, who is the Unit’s Chief Adviser
Policy Exchange is delighted to announce that the appointment of Richard Blakeway as Chief Adviser to its new Housing and Urban Regeneration Unit. Richard was Deputy Mayor for Housing, Land and Property at the Greater London Authority for eight years, overseeing the Mayor of London’s housing strategy, funding and land regeneration
Jonathan Simons, Policy Exchange’s Head of Education, is quoted by the TES saying that the Spending Review will feel like a good settlement in the education sector, although some academies will face real terms funding reductions.
“We are the builders”: Osborne promises 400,000 new homes and vows to tackle Britain’s “crisis in home ownership”Chris Walker
Chris Walker, Policy Exchange’s Head of Housing & Planning, is quoted by the Daily Mail saying that George Osborne’s Spending Review announcements are not enough to solve the housing crisis, and that further planning reform is needed to release more land for development.