We have embarked on our largest house-building project since the 1970s, by developing council-owned land.
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A more collaborative approach with the districts over planning approval could avoid unnecessary complexity and delay.
Council planning officers impose extra costs, which make it harder to restore redundant buildings.
Why not build more co-working spaces into large retail units, to fit modern lifestyles? Places like Pret A Manger already double as mobile offices for many people.
Should there be a right to extend your house upwards by a floor or two? The residents in each street should be allowed to decide.
The key to better quality and design is to go one step further back to the developers’ raw material – land.
The people of Suffolk are not “nimbies”. But ignoring concerns about traffic congestion and ugliness achieves nothing.
Gary Porter: Self-build and custom build will become increasingly important to delivering the new homes we need
In the UK, we have lost the capacity for individuals to provide or commission homes individually tailored to their needs.
Jeopardising local beauty and conservation for the sake of housebuilding is a real problem for councillors. We have to defend our communities.
The good news is that it means great potential to increase the housing supply. Bold planning changes are needed.
Nicholas Boys Smith: Why do we build fewer homes proportionally than most other countries? Where’s the smoking gun?
We should move from a planning permission-led system to a building permit-led system. Design rules should be strict, clear, but limited.
Buildings with different functions need to be intertwined. In beautiful cities, people tend to live and work side by side.
Barry Wood: In Britain, the numbers opting to build a home is way behind other countries. But not in Cherwell.
Over ten years we are providing 1,900 new homes for Oxfordshire. They will be a wide range of properties. That is because we believe in choice.
Here is one firm’s account of how unnecessary costs and delay in the planning system holds them back. Timescales promised by councils are not honoured.
Roger Scruton is advising the Government on ensuring new buildings are beautiful. But defeating the architectural establishment will not be easy.