Monthly archives: January 2012

Toby Lloyd
Toby Lloyd

By Toby Lloyd

Learn to love planning

No-one likes planners. Developers think of them as meddling bureaucrats at best, and Stalinist naysayers at worst. Some people resent them for being a barrier to economic growth. A minority hate planners for not allowing enough homes to be built – while simultaneously a majority seem to hate them for allowing homes to be built. Astonishingly, at the peak of the housing bubble in 2007, one in four households opposed a planning application that year. It seems we really … MORE...

Robbie de Santos
Robbie de Santos

By Robbie de Santos

London: the first to wake up to private renting?

The growth of the private rented sector and the changing demographics of people who rent from a private landlord are widely considered to be the most significant changes in the housing market in recent decades.

Almost every time I look at the national picture through the government’s English Housing Survey I find another angle that sheds further light on the growth of the sector. Most recently I realised that there were 400,000 additional households with children in the private in … MORE...

Toby Lloyd
Toby Lloyd

By Toby Lloyd

Red tape challenge

Planners may not be popular right now, but they at least have some defenders, if only their own trade associations. No-one at all seems willing to stick up for regulators – the government has even launched an official Red Tape Challenge website, on which anyone can name bits of regulation that should be modified, scrapped or kept – with a presumption in favour of scrapping “burdensome” regulations.

So far this experiment in popular democracy has put paid to obligations … MORE...

James Bevan
James Bevan

By James Bevan

2012: a game changer of a year

For many in the housing world, 2012 represents the first year of a totally rewritten policy environment.

In 2011, the Government unveiled some of the most radical changes to housing policy in a generation.  The Localism Act alone including reforms to the allocation, funding and tenancy arrangements for social housing, as well as tenancy deposits for private renters and planning law, to name but a few.  DCLG have produced a handy ‘plain English’ guide to the Act outlining more about … MORE...