PricedOut contributes to new Policy Exchange report Strong Suburbs
Influential think-tank Policy Exchange has released a report today discussing how opposition to new housebuilding can be allayed by allowing suburban residents to vote to upzone their streets. Strong Suburbs sets out detailed proposals for how this policy can be implemented to substantially increase housebuilding and improve affordability in a way that is popular with existing residents. PricedOut worked with Policy Exchange on how renters can be generously compensated if their landlord wants to redevelop, meaning they benefit in both the short and long term.
The report gained impressive support from politicians across the major parties, planners, council representatives, architects, developers, academics, and community organisers.
Anya Martin appointed as director
PricedOut today announced the appointment of its new director, Anya Martin, who previously worked as head of policy since 2018. Reuben Young, who led as director since 2017, will remain with the organisation as PricedOut's affordable homes lead.
We speak at the Adam Smith Institute's Forum 2020
Anya Martin spoke at think tank Adam Smith Institute's annual forum in December, where she discussed how private landlords can be better regulated. She argued that when done correctly, introducing indeterminate tenancies and universal landlord licensing could help to improve outcomes in the private rented sector.
Our Head of Policy was interviewed on Sky News's Daily podcast about the apparent housing market "boom", why government's homeownership policies don't work, and what the impact is on people's real lives.
We have been made aware that there is a campaign to prevent the council-led redevelopment of a site in Camden into fifty homes for homeless households. The campaigners have submitted the site to Historic England, who are currently considering listing it.
With our sister campaigns London YIMBY and YIMBY Alliance, we have written a letter to Historic England explaining why we do not think the site merits listing, and why we believe it should be converted into new homes for homeless households. We are delighted that our campaign has been supported by local Councillors in Camden.
You can find more about the site here.
Please back our campaign by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and asking them NOT to list 2 Chester Road. You can see an example email here. Remember to specify if you are a Camden resident.
We've launched our episodes on private renting with Alicia Kennedy (Generation Rent), and housing taxation featuring Professor Christine Whitehead.
Stay tuned for the last episode of our four-part series, where we'll be talking how to fund affordable housing with Dr Stani Milcheva!
Unsurprisingly, we've submitted a detailed response to the largest overhaul of the planning system government has seriously considered in living memory, including many policies we've advocated for since our creation in the mid-2000s.
Read more here.
Today we launched the first part of our four-part podcast miniseries covering the four key areas of our manifesto: planning, private renting, tax reform, and affordable housing. It features our guest, housing sector heavyweight Lord Bob Kerslake.
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PricedOut submitted a response to Government's consultation on changes to the planning system. We are more impressed by some of the changes than others.
Anya Martin spoke alongside Thangam Debonnaire, the Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Alicia Kennedy, Director of Generation Rent, and Christopher Worrall, Editor of Red Brick Blog. Agreement all round for PricedOut's policy proposals!
PricedOut's head of policy Anya Martin talked about the necessity of planning reform, and how we can leave a legacy of beautiful homes for the future, at this Policy Exchange event.
Government recently announced more details about the next round of funding for social/affordable housing. Funding for the Affordable Homes Programme comes in tranches that cover a few years at a time, and throughout that period housing associations and councils can bid for a portion of it to buy land and build homes.
Our director Reuben Young is quoted in this article, highlighting the strange inconsistency that government is simultaneously pushing shared ownership and First Homes, both of which cater to the same cohort of people, who aren't the most in need of help.
The Times published an open letter signed by a range of organisations, including PricedOut, asking that stamp duty and council tax are overhauled and rolled into a single progressive property tax.
Property taxation isn't the most exciting topic to campaign on, but the current system is a huge drag on the housing market and is disastrously regressive. We've worked with a coalition of voices to help build this campaign, which includes a petition. SIGN IT! SHARE IT!
Inside Housing - the industry magazine targeted at social housing professionals - is always interested in what Anya has to say, as she won the Thinkhouse Early Careers research prize two years ago. In this article she collates papers published about planning reform, including PricedOut director Reuben Young's paper for Network Homes Making land deliver. The recommendations of Making land deliver were fed into Policy Exchange's Planning anew, which was part of the project that formed the blueprint of government's proposed planning reforms.
PricedOut's Anya Martin spoke about the Conservatives' planning reform proposals. She said that government is absolutely right to look at the costly, inefficient planning system and how it allows unrepresentative Nimby groups to lobby against desperately needed new homes. However, she said plans to reduce affordable housing requirements are potentially very dangerous.
Chaired by Mark Whittaker (Young Fabians) and joined by Councillor Shama Tatler (Lead Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning, Brent Council), and Chris Worrall (Red Brick).
Anya Martin spoke at this Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) webinar, which launched their latest report on "living rent" models. She was joined by Bob Blackman MP, Charlie Trew (Shelter), Olivia Harris (Dolphin Living) and Jonny Webb (IPPR).
PricedOut's Anya Martin spoke at this Open Labour London event about the housing crisis during the COVID crisis, joined by Abena Oppong-Asare MP, Rachel White of London Renters Union, and Hackney Councillor and Cabinet Member for Housing Sem Moema.
Think tank Policy Exchange has published a collection of essays about how we can modernise our awful planning system, riddled with perverse incentives. It includes an essay from our frequent collaborator John Myers, and an essay co-authored by Reuben Young and Jamie Ratcliff of Network Homes, formerly Assistant Director of Housing at the Greater London Authority.
The paper was commended by government, which shows they're listening!
Our director Reuben Young contributed an opinion piece for Inside Housing on how to support renters who are struggling to pay their rent because of lost earnings due to coronavirus.
Anya Martin joins a Young Fabians debate about the controversial "cancel the rent" policy, alongside Cllr Ben Clay, Anisha Faruk of Oxford SU, and Christopher Worrall of Red Brick.
No renter should lose their home as a result of coronavirus. Government and opposition both protect landlords at the expense of renters. Our policy proposal ensures no renter will accrue unmanageable arrears as a result of losing income in this crisis, while also preventing mass evictions resulting from landlords selling up.
Read more here.
Reuben Young comments on woefully low affordable housing in new high profile development
Green belt reform drops off the agenda as ministers issue long-awaited housing proposals in City A.M.
Cambridge houses could get even more expensive if metro plans go ahead in CambridgeshireLive.
Help to buy has mostly helped housebuilders boost profits in The Guardian.
Redrow boss gets a £50m payday (no wonder he doesn't want Help to Buy to end) in This is Money.
Foreign landlords shun UK property market after tax hikes in CNBC.
'Frozen out': Britain's shockingly unaffordable housing market in USA Today.
Buy to let: ‘We landlords are being vilified’ in The Guardian.
How speculation shaped the housing market in The Independent.
Poetry or property punts: what's driving China's love affair with Cambridge? in The Guardian.
UK house prices: 4.5% rise in 2015 sparks calls for policy intervention in The Guardian.
Do new stamp duty taxes mean bye-bye buy to let? in The Guardian.
Landlords to launch legal challenge to George Osborne's tax relief changes in The Guardian.
London's house price crisis revealed: Buying in the capital now costs TWELVE times the average wage in Mail Online.
Revealed: the widening gulf between salaries and house prices in The Guardian.
Flat hunting pitfalls: The SAME apartment costs £200 more in different advert in Evening Standard.
From Blair to Corbyn: the changing face of Islington, Labour’s London heartland in The Guardian.
Homeownership: the generation that had it so good in The Guardian.
Rent rises forecast after Osborne's tax-relief cut for landlords in The Guardian.
Could a UK politician ever vow to bring down house prices? in BBC News.
Derelict Homerton pub to become second ‘pocket home’ development in Hackney Citizen.
London’s new village? The transformation of Battersea Power Station in Financial Times.
Chancellor vows to scrap compulsory annuities in pensions overhaul in The Guardian.