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Better planning for housing affordability: Three approaches to solving the housing crisis in the UK
This paper considers the role of planning in the housing crisis. It responds to a common neoliberal critique of the planning system by providing evidence that, rather than contributing to the housing crisis, planning can play a key role in solving it. To do this the paper first explains the weaknesses of the ‘anti-planning’ analysis of the housing crisis, and then considers three solutions in which planning plays a key role. These are: (1) diversifying the housebuilding market; (2) intervening in the land market; and (3) supporting and resourcing strong, pro-active planning. If these solutions are supported with the requisite legislation, support and powers, then the housing crisis is surmountable.
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Tom Kenny is Policy Officer at The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).1 Tom leads the Better Planning for Housing Affordability programme, which explores the role of pro-active planning in tackling the housing crisis. He is also a co-investigator for the Collaborative Centre for Housing Excellence (CaCHE).
Trudi Elliott has been RTPI’s Chief Executive since 2011. She is a Chartered Town Planner who has also practiced extensively in town and country planning as a solicitor. She sits on a range of expert panels including the CLG planning sounding board and NIPAs policy council. She is also Chair of the Joint Oxford planning law conference.
Aude Bicquelet-Lock is Deputy Head of Policy and Research at the RTPI. She was previously a Research Director at the National Centre for Social Research and a fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (Department of Methodology).