Create Streets is a non-partisan social enterprise and independent research institute focusing on the built environment.


We encourage the creation of more urban homes with terraced streets of houses and apartments rather than complex multi-storey buildings.


Our main (though not exclusive) focus is London. We are campaigning for a London-wide programme of community-led building and estate regeneration which could deliver the homes London needs while building homes that are popular and stand the test of time.

Our reports



We have had three policy victories so far.


The 2014 Budget followed our suggestion and created a £150m estate regeneration fund. The prospectus follows many Create Streets principles and cites Create Streets


In April 2014 the Government commissioned Savills to investigate the potential of  our proposals


In December 2013, the GLA followed our suggestion and relaxed standard 3.2.5


We were cited in the Farrell Review (p78) and in David Lammy's recent paper on housing (p15)

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Create streets

Not just multi-storey estates, by Nicholas Boys Smith & Alex Morton

(co-published with Policy Exchange)


Why aren't we building more streets ?


Better Regeneration


Mount Pleasant Circus and Fleet Valley Gardens by Paul Murrain, David Taylor, Francis Terry & Nicholas Boys Smith (co-published with Legatum Institute)

In a survey of 258 local residents 99% preferred Mount Pleasant Circus with its streets and conventional urban form to the blocks and towers proposed by the landowner. The scheme would also be worth up to 30% more over time. Read our latest report co-published with the Legatum Institute or watch the movie here !

99% support streets not blocks for Mount Pleasant

Terraced streets provide up to 30% more value and more popular development

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