How can the planning system deliver more housing?

Christine Whitehead et al.

Ideas and proposals for how to deliver more new housing, especially affordable housing.

The planning system is seen as one of the main barriers to the delivery of new housing. This Solutions highlights the problems in the current system, and pulls together suggestions for change from a range of organisations, and from housing and planning academics and practitioners. The suggested ways forward include:

  • moving away from national targets towards a more localised incentives-based system of land-use planning;
  • simplified contributions to infrastructure and affordable housing that include a narrowly defined Section 106;
  • encouraging local housing trusts, community land trusts, self-build and other local initiatives, which can deliver more housing and empower local communities.


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