October 28, 2020
This report from UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute looks at fixing England’s broken planning system once and for all.
The Adam Smith Institute and London YIMBY have released their submission, written by London YIMBY founder John Myers, in response to the Government’s Planning for the Future White Paper. The Planning for the Future White Paper presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform England’s antiquated land use planning system. The United Kingdom has failed to build enough housing near to where people want to live, reducing job opportunities, and driving up housing prices. This is because of a land use system that fails to allow sufficient high quality development. If the Government wants to increase the supply of housing in high price areas while maintaining public support, they should: introduce street and block votes, enable land value tax on future large sites, and publish target allocations. This report fully outlines these recommendations, dispels common misconceptions surrounding housing policy, and outlines ways in which the Government can deliver on their ambitious house-building promises.
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