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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more