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Spot the difference housing white paper: have we been here before or is this déjà vu?

Carozzi, Felipe and Cheshire, Paul (2017) Spot the difference housing white paper: have we been here before or is this déjà vu? Spatial Economics Research Centre Blog (13 Feb 2017). Blog.

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Given the severity of the housing crisis, the new Housing White Paper is a sad creature. Any policy announcement welcomed by the CPRE almost by definition signals throwing in the towel on the serious reform needed to build more houses. Its aspiration of building “many more houses, of the type people want to live in, in the places they want to live” would be most welcome, if it wasn’t an echo from down the ages. We find an identical aspiration in every government publication since the Barker report of 2004. In 2008 the then National Housing and Planning Advice Unit issued advice on housing supply and argued: “we must increase housing supply, delivering the right number of new homes, of the right type, in the right place and at the right time”. This exact phrase was invented by one of us as a coded way of saying we needed to be willing to build on parts of the Green Belt! If we go back a little further to the Green Paper of 2007 Homes for the future: more affordable, more sustainable, we find a whole section on “How we create places and homes that people want to live in?” Even the number of houses we need to build – 275000 a year – in the current White Paper is drawn for the Barker work. While previous proposals had no mechanism to deliver the ‘right’ homes in the ‘right’ places they did at least have a mechanism – albeit a dirigiste one – to get LAs to allocate more land for housing and set targets for house building. There was also some power to see the targets were more or less met.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog)
Official URL: http://spatial-economics.blogspot.co.uk/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Author(s)
Divisions: European Institute
Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Greater London Group
Collections > LSE Spatial Economics Research Centre Blog
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 09:51
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 09:51
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/82547

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