Mark Littlewood writes for The Times

Mark Littlewood, Director General at the Institute of Economic Affairs has written for The Times Business on the call for less private inspections of buildings following the Grenfell Tower disaster. Mark argues that far from being a Wild West, out-of-control, shoddy sector, private building inspectors have tended to produce impressive outcomes. They carry out about ... Continue reading

A IEA new report on the UK's housing crisis

If a tenth of designated Green Belt land around Greater London were used for new housing, 160,000 new homes could be produced - a significant contribution to solving the urgent housing crisis in the capital, argues a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. The report, “Delivering More Homes: Radical action to unblock the system”, argues that ... Continue reading
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Ever-expanding Green Belt must be tackled to solve the UK's housing crisis, says new report

● The planning system has become too complex and the revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework risk exacerbating the situation. The principle of a clear general presumption in favour of sustainable development that has equal weight to other considerations, including the Development Plan, must be reintroduced. ● The Planning Inspectorate appears to be under ... Continue reading

IEA report on housing trailed in City AM

Co-authors of the latest IEA report on housing, Keith Boyfield and Robert Wickham, trail the content in a comment piece for City AM: "Politicians have recently become fond of talking about how to tackle our alarming housing crisis. Yet little is delivered – and what is achieved focuses on inflating demand, with schemes like Help ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
All hail the Mayor of San Diego! Earlier this week, Californian lawmaker Kevin Faulconer outlined an ambitious overhaul of the city’s planning system. He tweeted: “Government can’t build its way out of the housing crisis. We need to get government out of the way – so constructing homes becomes easier, less expensive and faster.” Faulconer and ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
The housing crisis is Britain’s most urgent economic and social problem. This is not exactly news, but until serious steps are being undertaken to address it, it cannot be said often enough. In this sense, Shelter’s new report “A vision for social housing. The final report of Shelter’s commission on the future of social housing” ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
On November 22, the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution (HLSI) held a debate on the motion “This house believes that tackling the housing crisis cannot be left to the market”. The IEA’s Head of Political Economy, Dr Kristian Niemietz, spoke on the opposing side. The article below is a based on his opening remarks. The ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
The recent outrage surrounding Roger Scruton represents the latest instalment in the never-dormant culture wars. Scruton’s appointment as the government’s new ‘housing Tsar’ has succeeded in animating the world of Political Twitter and its strange inhabitants. Once again, Left and Right, conservative and liberal, are doing battle over yet another - largely symbolic - government ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
Living on our planet is more enjoyable than it used to be in almost all respects. We live longer, we are healthier, we learn more, and we enjoy greater comfort. The one exception is what we see. From the Stone Age to St Mark’s Square, human beings spent millennia learning to make more beautiful things. ... Continue reading
Housing and Planning
For decades, we have failed to build the homes we need, leading to home ownership slipping out of reach for more and more people. And while the housing crisis stems from numerous policy failures, the main culprit is the planning system. I’ve been fortunate to live in some of the most beautiful parts of the ... Continue reading