Land for housing: Current practice and future options

James Barlow, Ken Bartlett, Alan Hooper and Christine Whitehead

An exploration of the key questions surrounding the issue of land supply for housing.

Over the last two years, a series of government or officially commissioned reports on questions relating to housing production and land supply have been published. An independent inquiry team, led by Ken Bartlett, explored the key questions surrounding the issue of land supply for housing. This study outlines the inquiry’s findings.

The inquiry considers the assumptions in these reports and the context they have created; it suggests alternative ways of addressing current tensions. In a number of critical areas, the emerging policy framework may be based on over-optimistic assumptions. The inquiry questions whether this framework will in practice deliver the necessary supply of houses to meet the UK's economic and social requirements, either in the short or long term.

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