Author Archives: Quintin Bradley

Pawns in their game? Neighbourhood plans win more powers

Neighbourhood plans in England are creating new lines of political conflict in the relationship between central and local government. The new Housing and Planning Bill (2015) grants neighbourhood planning areas a right of appeal to the secretary of state in … Continue reading

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Five things the government has done to worsen the housing crisis

1.Wrongly expected the volume builders to deliver for housing need The government expects the volume house builders to deliver the 240,000 extra homes we need each year. And it has cleared every obstacle to ensure the house builders get the … Continue reading

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That starter homes pledge

So the promise of 200,000 starter homes will be fulfilled by ending affordable rented housing on private developments. Instead the Prime Minister has announced that developers can meet their planning gain obligations (known as S106 agreements) by building discounted homes … Continue reading

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The radical roots of Garden Cities

Garden cities figure prominently in government aspirations for house-building these days. They seem to be the politically acceptable face of New Towns.  While garden cities have establishment support, the only really practical solution to the housing shortage – more council … Continue reading

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You make plans we make history

In this post, I explore the traditions of self-management and community control behind the rise of neighbourhood planning in England. The desire for autonomy, for self-organisation and self-management, has been a persistent thread in the history of community action in … Continue reading

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Generation Rent – it’s time for action

With the launch of his new book about the Tenants’ Movement, Leeds Beckett author and lecturer in housing studies, Dr. Quintin Bradley looks at the pressures on ‘generation rent’ and the emerging signs of a mass popular campaign around the … Continue reading

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