It is not especially low tax, nor is it unregulated – though it is certainly a more business-friendly environment then the UK. Here is why it works.
With 6,000 properties lying empty, the Secretary of State has intervened over the failure to produce a local plan.
Productivity varies sharply. In Lambeth a planning officer approves an average of 39 applications a year – in next door Merton its 189.
Councils need to use their own land to boost development – without the Mayor of London being able to get in the way.
We need to face up to a fall in house prices to allow the aspirations of the young to be fulfilled. The alternative is a Corbyn Government.
The Chancellor needs to help deliver the sense of direction so strikingly absent in Manchester last month, and indeed since last June’s election.
Her needs to deliver bold measures, but also show that he can read the politics and mood of the party and country.
Only six per cent of land is built on. Yet the planning system is still blocking perfectly reasonable development proposals.
Expanding the supply of available land means reviewing access to the green belt. It is contentious but nothing worth doing comes easy.
The Government needs to announce a hit list of five to ten councils where they will intervene where the gap between delivery and target is greatest.
One radical option would be a new DCLG housing fund that local authorities would be able to bid for, if they can show there is support for more homes in their area.
Too often the opportunity for new homes that are popular and beautiful is being missed.
The youth vote is not one homogenous lump: more than half of school leavers won’t go to university, and won’t benefit from more generous student loan terms.
Space requirements prevent single young people getting on the housing ladder and make overcrowding worse.
We will have one shot at getting the revision of the Planning Framework right. This makes the next eighteen months critical for the Conservatives’ long-term future.