Levelling-up the land market under Labour
On the 6th August 2020 the Conservative Government announced a change to the standard method for calculating the housing need requirement. The debate had up until this point shifted from the ‘numbers’ question. Towards the ‘how’ and ‘where’. Now the proposed new method seeks to achieve a ‘fair share’ under Boris Johnson's 'levelling-up' agenda. But is this the …
We can’t end homelessness without sweeping legal reform
The four nations of the UK have some of the most generous legal entitlements for people facing homelessness. The legacy of Cathy Come Home is the Housing (Homeless Persons) Act of 1977. Since then more than four million households have been helped into alternative housing because they qualify for this almost unique addition to a western welfare state. …
Working from home or living at work?
On March 23rd, 2020 UK was formally placed into lockdown. Those who were not key workers were asked to not work or to work from home. This meant the decades-old tradition of working professionals putting on suits and commuting into work to go into an office and sit at a desk for several hours a day ended. Abruptly. …
Shared ownership: a scheme beyond repair?
Shared ownership has its benefits, but it is not the panacea for the country’s housing crisis. Home ownership is becoming an ever-distant dream. Nowhere is this seen more acutely than in London where exorbitant house prices mean exorbitant private rents are often considered the only viable option. So those with the opportunity to get on the property ladder through …
Shared ownership – affordable housing or overpriced?
With property prices for first time buyers increasing 69% over the past 10 years and an average deposit of £47,059 needed it is no surprise that shared ownership is thought to be a good option for first time buyers. The part-rent part-buy properties are mainly developed by housing associations as “low cost home ownership” and so can qualify …
The ‘Planning White Paper’ and a basis for possible reform
The Government’s Planning White Paper proposes to replace the current regime of local authority determination of specific development proposals by a system of zoning. Local Plans would define three zones: growth zone (where designated sites have “outline permission”), renewal zone (statutory presumption in favour of development being granted for the uses specified as being suitable), Protected zone (“more …
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