The rise of social housing provided “biggest collective leap in living standards in British history”. Today, housing associations are the keepers of that legacy.
New research out today calculates that granting a piece of land planning permission for new houses makes it dramatically more valuable.
Scrap HS2. Integrate social care. Abolish NI. Reverse police cuts. Consider a new Bill of Rights. And much, much more.
It is quite possible to build attractive new homes – and to use some of the proceeds to enhance the environment.
Khan wants to remove any parking requirements for developments within 800m of a transport hub or town centre. So why won’t he thank me?
We have a civic duty to uphold and defend our collective natural inheritance. The planning system is not flawless but it has an important role.
As Sir Roger Scruton notes: “Architecture is a public art: whether we like it or not, we are forced to witness it.”
Given the long lead times involved in constructing new homes, we can’t afford to let the Government’s weakness or distracted state delay us.
In other words, let us do things a bit more like everywhere else in the world and a bit more like we used to in the UK.
We can make progress in these local elections next year – but not if we’re frustrated by stupid new rules.
The Government should intervene against council’s that fail to meet statutory deadlines – especially on proposals of national importance.
He wants to take people with him in his quest to hit the Government’s target. But will radical policy ideas fit with his emollient political approach?
Onward proposes helping half a million young people by lending them a deposit in the same way that government underwrites some of their mortgage costs.
And, as Boles says, we will never build the number of homes we need unless the state is building 100,000 a year.
People’s preferences are clear. But the current system insists on bringing forward designs that jar painfully with them.