We should move from a planning permission-led system to a building permit-led system. Design rules should be strict, clear, but limited.
We have a habit of looking back at policy platforms pursued by previous Conservative Governments, and attempting to bring back popular policies like a poor Hollywood remake.
In the second of three articles, the Weston-super-Mare MP sets out plans on tax, housing deficits and debt to help achieve inter-generational justice.
Brexit won’t be the most important factor shaping our growth over the next decade or so, whether we leave with an agreement or without one.
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.
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.
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.
In my constituency, we have a target of just over 640 homes a year. Our housing waiting list is 3,000.