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Housing and planning round-up September 2019

17 Sep 2019 in Briefings

September’s housing and planning round-up includes government announcements, latest statistics, major reports and ongoing consultations. This month’s ‘big issue’ is shared ownership, looking at proposals to allow households in England to buy a property in smaller increments.


New Towns, Next Chapter

10 Sep 2019 in Briefings

The New Towns are one of Britain’s great success stories. Despite creating hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities and popular places to live, too many New Towns have been left behind, with crumbling infrastructure and a lack of investment. How can their future be assured?


Spending Round 2019 – Headlines from the Chancellor’s speech

4 Sep 2019 in Briefings

The Chancellor today laid out plans for an extra £13.8bn spending next year, in a Spending Round designed to “turn the page on austerity”. In his speech he promised certainty for all departments as they plan next year’s budgets and announced that no departments would see any cuts this year. A full Budget is expected […]




The Puzzle of Rural Exodus in High Income Countries

13 Aug 2019 in Briefings

This briefing explores how fighting rural depopulation requires an understanding of the root causes in a deep and systematic way, that solutions will require more than earmarked investments and industrial deals, and both rural and urban local authorities can benefit from exploring partnerships.



Densification and its objectors in Johannesburg, South Africa

5 Aug 2019 in Briefings

What are the reasons and objectives behind the drive for densification in South African cities generally and Johannesburg specifically? This briefing describes the policies to achieve densification in the city, why they have engendered animosity from resident groups and how the city is handling these objections.


Swift Read: Does Selective Licensing Work?

31 Jul 2019 in Briefings

We look here at an independent government review of selective licensing of private rented housing and conclude that it appears to work well as part of a wider suite of community-based measures but is considerably less effective when used in isolation.