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Better planning for housing affordability: Three approaches to solving the housing crisis in the UK

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This paper considers the role of planning in the housing crisis. It responds to a common neoliberal critique of the planning system by providing evidence that, rather than contributing to the housing crisis, planning can play a key role in solving it. To do this the paper first explains the weaknesses of the ‘anti-planning’ analysis of the housing crisis, and then considers three solutions in which planning plays a key role. These are: (1) diversifying the housebuilding market; (2) intervening in the land market; and (3) supporting and resourcing strong, pro-active planning. If these solutions are supported with the requisite legislation, support and powers, then the housing crisis is surmountable.
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Keywords: affordability; housing; housing crisis; market; planning; planning permission

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2018

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  • Journal of Urban Regeneration & Renewal is the essential peer-reviewed journal for all professionals concerned with physical, economic and social regeneration of urban communities. It publishes in-depth articles and real world case studies on the latest strategy, policy making and current and best practice in the field. Guided by its expert Editor and Editorial Board, each quarterly 100-page issue does not publish advertising but rather in-depth articles written by and for urban regeneration professionals analysing current and best practice in the planning, consultation, funding, delivery and long-term management of regeneration programmes, as well as the latest policy making, developments and research in the field.

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