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Toby Lloyd
Toby Lloyd

By Toby Lloyd

How smart intervention in the land market could save us a lot of money

Successive governments have promised to sell off large amounts of public land, to allow more homes to be built. As we wait for the long-awaited White Paper on housing we think it might be smarter for public authorities to be acquiring land instead. Here, guest blogger Thomas Hoepfner, cofounder and director of the New Garden Cities Alliance, tells the story of how Hamburg built a thriving new neighbourhood – and a new port – using this method.

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Toby Lloyd

By Toby Lloyd

Will the housing White Paper deliver?

The rash of housing announcements this week suggest that the government machine is gearing up for the eagerly-awaited White Paper. Some reports – like today’s article in the FT – suggest there’s a struggle going on over the strategic direction of the White Paper. This is unsurprising: everyone accepts that resolving England’s chronic housing shortage will require the grasping of some pretty tough nettles, so some debate over the strategy is entirely appropriate.

Broadly, it’s really positive that DCLG want … MORE...

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Toby Lloyd

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The re-animation of Starter Homes

The first big housing news of 2017 is that one of 2016’s most controversial policies is back. The first Starter Homes will now be built in 30 local areas around England.

At first glance, Starter Homes may sound like a good idea: new homes, built on brownfield land, for struggling first time buyers, and sold at a 20% discount to the market price. What’s not to like?

When it was first proposed, we rather liked the idea of finding land … MORE...

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Toby Lloyd

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Mayor and Chancellor strike a positive deal for London

In last week’s Autumn Statement the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced some very welcome increases in the affordable house building budget – as well as the great news that unfair letting agent fees would be banned. Funding programmes are always complicated things, covering several years and using multiple policy levers – such as direct grants, lending, loan guarantees, and use of public land. So it’s always important to look at the detail of how the headline numbers will actually … MORE...

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Speculative housebuilding is not enough

On Dispatches last night Liam Halligan highlighted the limitations of the speculative housebuilder model – and Sajid Javid promised to break open the closed market. Bold interventions are needed to enable new types of builder to increase output – we can’t expect the speculative developers to do it all on their own.

Last night there was an excellent Dispatches on Channel 4 looking at private market housebuilding. The presenter Liam Halligan asked why the big speculative developers are not increasing … MORE...