What Labour’s Housing Green Paper could mean for housebuilders and developers

The Context Yesterday saw the release of Labour’s Housing green paper, ‘Housing for the Many’, exactly a fortnight from the local elections due to take place in May. It’s tempting to see this as a reprise of Labour’s strategy in last year’s General Election of drip-feeding big headline policy announcements in the run-up to the poll – particularly given the gains it is hoping to … Continue reading What Labour’s Housing Green Paper could mean for housebuilders and developers

Briefing: Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Place

Context On Thursday 14 September, the Department for Communities and Local Government released a new consultation document, Planning for the right homes in the right places: consultation proposals. The document carries forward a commitment made in the Housing White Paper, released in February 2017, to consult further on a number of specific proposals. Reflecting this, the document shares the same name as the first chapter … Continue reading Briefing: Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Place

Save the wheat fields: housing and planning under the new Government

Theresa May was much mocked during the election campaign for her claim that the ‘naughtiest thing she had ever done’ was to run through a field of wheat as a child. Ironically, her appointments to the DCLG suggest that fields of wheat – along with any other green fields – are going to perfectly safe under the new Government. In the main, Theresa May’s appointments … Continue reading Save the wheat fields: housing and planning under the new Government

The canary in the mine

Local elections are often the canary in the mine for British politics. Trends which play out nationally become visible earlier on in the smaller scale contests which take place in districts and counties. We’ll be considering the results of yesterday’s metro mayor contests in more detail elsewhere, but there are some broader trends already visible from the county council elections which took place at the … Continue reading The canary in the mine