All posts by Pete Jefferys

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

White Paper or white flag?

The forthcoming White Paper is a huge opportunity to tackle the dysfunctional  housebuilding system. Following Shelter’s recommendations for bold reform would show that the government means business.

The government is due to publish a long awaited White Paper on housebuilding in the next few weeks. There is clearly an intense debate within Whitehall about how bold any reform should be – and some reports are suggesting that earlier plans for radical reform are being watered down to prevent a backlash … MORE...

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

Land banking: what’s the story? (part 2)

As we saw in the first part of this blog, land banking is a normal part of development but it’s not a simple story. The big developers certainly own and control a huge amount of land which could be used for housing. There are also land trading companies that don’t build homes but land bank purely to cream off profits. However, the housebuilders are right to say that to a large extent they need to hold a future pipeline … MORE...

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

Land banking: what’s the story? (part 1)

At Shelter we argue consistently that the best long term solution to England’s housing crisis is to increase housebuilding: especially homes which are affordable for low earners to rent or buy. So when it seems that developers are sitting on land – often with planning permission – and not building homes, this frustrates us as much as anyone.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has repeatedly drawn attention to the large and growing stock of unbuilt plots with planning permission (nearly … MORE...

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Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

‘Buy as you go’ homes

‘Buy as you go’ homes are a new idea for affordable housing which is being worked up by the National Housing Federation (NHF), with the government already showing an interest. While more detailed plans may be launched later in the year, there’s enough already for us to get a sense of what it might be.

The concept is quite simple: you pay a monthly rent with no huge upfront deposit and, over time, some of your rent goes towards … MORE...

Pete Jefferys
Pete Jefferys

By Pete Jefferys

Why Evan Davies understands the housing crisis

On Newsnight last night there was an interesting debate about housing and homelessness. It was prompted by tonight’s BBC2 documentary which follows a London council’s helplessness in finding places for its homeless families to live. There were great points made by all the participants; including Jon Sparkes from Crisis and campaigner Poppy Noor – who has experienced the homelessness system herself.

However the point that struck me most was actually made by the presenter Evan Davies. He said:

“People who, … MORE...