A report by our director Nicholas Boys Smith, co-published with the Legatum Institute, sets out how adopting a more rules-based planning system could help solve the UK housing crisis by lowering barriers to entry to small builders, self-build and custom build.
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has welcomed our report saying;
‘This paper asks important questions on how we maintain an efficient and collaborative market to build the type of homes that people like, whilst maintaining popular and political support. We have strengthened the rules-based approach to planning through the publication of our updated national rule book, but I welcome the challenge on what more we should do to provide greater clarity and certainty. Building more homes better and faster to meet our country’s needs is our absolute priority.’
Nicholas Boys Smith, Director of Create Streets and a Research Fellow at Legatum Institute said;
‘This report sets out a vision for planning by 2030 that would end an odd and inefficient discretionary planning process to a far more efficiently regulated model within which the free market, the third sector and local councils can all build housing more readily. This can be politically acceptable to the broad centre on the left and right. There is much evidence from other countries, and indeed from history, that this would generate cheaper, better housing and greater prosperity.’