We should move from a planning permission-led system to a building permit-led system. Design rules should be strict, clear, but limited.
New research out today calculates that granting a piece of land planning permission for new houses makes it dramatically more valuable.
Urban form also matters if the housing supply is to be increased in a way that is popular. A good community relies on the way buildings connect to each other.
After Poundbury, the Prince of Wales is doing it again – more beautiful new homes are on the way.
This act of sabotage can only undermine the public trust that is needed to increase the housing supply.
A Conservative MP has led the way in proposing how London could be rebalanced away from the super-rich and back towards the mass of its citizens.
Successful Singapore is simply copying what previous Conservative governments have done – namely, to deliver directly hundreds of thousands of new houses.
Lord Lexden’s Bill provides an opportunity to bring real localism and better design to building new homes.