Posts tagged "new homes"

Robbie de Santos
Robbie de Santos

By Robbie de Santos

Finding a place to call home

One evening last week, a few of us from the Policy and Campaigns division made a little expedition to RIBA’s ‘A place to call home’ exhibition.

It was refreshing to get out the office and away from the coalface of the housing crisis that occupies most of our time and thinking. The exhibition focused on the wider social and emotional history of homes in Britain – why home is so important, what people want to make a good home, how … MORE...

Nicola Hughes
Nicola Hughes

By Nicola Hughes

Held back by housing

A week tomorrow, the Chancellor will unveil the country’s budget, and no doubt George Osborne will be thinking about ways to help out the ‘squeezed middle’. This group, made up of people on less than average wages but not the very poorest, has become a hot political topic.

Housing must be a key part of this debate. The idea of being stuck in the middle is a depressingly familiar story when you think about housing. Want to … MORE...

Robbie de Santos
Robbie de Santos

By Robbie de Santos

Tweaking housing taxation

Tax is always going to be a thorny issue. But start talking about it in relation to people’s home and you’re on doubly shaky ground. We have given much thought to housing taxation, finding much of it to be clunky and regressive, with sharp cliff edges between different levels, and the wealthy few paying disproportionately less tax than squeezed families.

Politicians know the system is broken, but have generally avoided talking about property taxes for fear of the political MORE...

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...