Category Archives: Housing

The Eviction of the Public

Plenary presentation by Quintin Bradley at the Housing Studies Association Conference, 11 November 2020 In this plenary session I want to talk about the eviction of specific, informed and concerned publics from public services. In this talk, I identify three … Continue reading

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Planning for the future

The rationale for the radical shake-up of the English planning system in the Planning White Paper published this August 2020 is the assertion that planning is a constraint on the supply of land for new housing. This assertion does not … Continue reading

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In support of a democratic plan-led system

A report on the findings of research with place-based groups in England engaged in planning decisions This report provides a brief summary of the findings of my research into attitudes to development planning among members of place-based amenity groups. Over … Continue reading

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Survey on attitudes to housebuilding

What changes are needed to our current model of housebuilding? A new survey aims to gather the views of local residents about housing development and the planning system. The survey is being run by Dr. Quintin Bradley, senior lecturer in … Continue reading

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Housing land speculation and the 5-year land supply

The accountancy regime used by planning authorities in England to provide a 5-year supply of housing land has encouraged land speculation and introduced perverse incentives for landowners and developers to reduce the supply of new homes. In my new article for Urban … Continue reading

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One third of all homes with planning permission never get built

At least twice as much land is provided every year for housing than homes started on site and more than 30 per cent of homes with planning permission never get built at all.  The number of homes approved for development … Continue reading

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Is planning responsible for the housing crisis?

UK Government ministers continue to blame the planning system for the affordability crisis in housing. They are not alone. Many economists also say that planning restrictions stop house-builders from building the amount of homes we need. In April 2019 economist Christian … Continue reading

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Is building more unaffordable homes the best way to make housing more affordable?

The solution to a housing crisis of affordability is – we are told – to build more homes.  Housing economists agree, however, that we would need to build an unprecedented number of houses to have any effect on prices in … Continue reading

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Why do we keep saying there is a housing shortage?

The real housing crisis is an affordability crisis, so why do we keep saying there is a housing shortage? When we talk about a housing crisis, we always talk about a crisis of under-supply. We all know the mantra: we … Continue reading

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Will building more homes solve the housing crisis?

Do we have a housing crisis of under-supply, or a crisis of affordability? We seem to be confusing the two things. The current government target of building 300,000 new homes a year depends on the assumption that increasing supply will … Continue reading

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