Housing: Now is the time to seize the opportunity

Without radical action, the Government will not achieve its target to build one million new homes by 2020. We need to move to tackle the issue now.

Attitudes towards housing are changing: a recent British Social Attitudes Survey found that 21% of respondents would oppose building new homes in their area, compared to 46% in 2010. Those supportive of the construction of new homes in their area has climbed from 28% in 2010 to 56% in 2014. Nimbyism is waning.

Voters now consider housing to be one of the top five most important issues facing Britain today. As a result, inaction will result in real consequences for the Government and the country. 

This report outlines detailed recommendations for the Government to drive forward a housing revolution including planning simplification, legislation to create Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) which can act to bring together developers, local communities, utility providers, and any other parties, and pink zones. Areas with diluted red tape – hence Pink – where community co-operation is incentivised at the beginning of the planning process.

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